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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Liverpool John Moores University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

The MA in Musical Theatre at LJMU has been designed for actors, directors, choreographers, MDs, composers, lyricists, librettists and teachers.

  • ​Join a passionate community of musical theatre scholars and artists
  • Participate in an annual festival of performance and scholarship titled “Adventures In Musical Theatre”
  • Benefit from a highly flexible, student-centred curriculum and delivery structure, with an emphasis on learning through creative risk and play
  • Take advantage of opportunities to include current work-based activity or undertake a placement
  • Enjoy access to a wide network of local, regional, national and international partners

The MA Musical Theatre seeks to develop your mastery of musical theatre craft, alongside current, relevant critical enquiry and scholarship. The programme focuses on the question: “what constitutes excellence in musical theatre?”

​At the heart of the programme's work is an exploration of craft in creative processes and a belief that rigorous critical enquiry and best creative practice are inextricably linked. It aims to champion new work and new ways of working, and celebrates the unique expressive opportunities and appeal of the musical.

​With a unique ideology and appeal, the degree embraces not only the commercial musical theatre of Broadway and the West End but more experimental work, alongside other recognised forms such as cabaret, burlesque, melodrama, drag, and pantomime. The degree also provides a specific focus for the study of the British musical and its artists.

During your studies you will learn to apply knowledge and understanding with originality and creativity for the re-interpretation of received assumptions regarding musical theatre performance. You will also gain the confidence to work creatively, collaboratively and collectively with musical theatre makers who possess varying levels of experience and styles.

​To develop your own creative practice as a musical theatre artist, you will learn how to effectively and appropriately employ a range of research methodologies and critical perspectives, including the ability to interrogate, evaluate and explore Musical Theatre ‘texts’ and processes. For students who wish to develop an entrepreneurial approach and set up their own theatre company, this MA will enable you to explore performance and event creation utilising organisational and managerial skills and industry knowledge.

Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessments on this programme are a mixture of practical work, including performance, and written work, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate the required level of learning and achievement.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Liverpool John Moores University

  • University League Table

    66th

  • Campus address

    Liverpool John Moores University, Egerton Court (Headquarters), 2 Rodney Street, Liverpool, Liverpool, L1 2UA, England

A globally recognised university, with staff and students from over 100 countries across the world.
Access to a superb careers programme, developed in partnership with FTSE 100 companies and leading businesses.
All LJMU international students are guaranteed place in high-quality, university-approved accommodation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    63rd out of 102 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    143 75%

    22nd

    10
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57 57%

    52nd

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    56th

    41

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