Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

​You will usually need:

A 2:1 undergraduate degree in a performing arts related subject


A minimum of three years professional training or significant relevant musical theatre experience, accompanied by demonstrable creative potential and critical thinking assessed through interview/audition and written submission.

The above should demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark upon the programme (including the required linguistic competence) and to complete the programme within the required time limits. You should provide evidence, in the view of assessors, of your learning capability, study opportunity and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

All applicants will be called for interview in person or, where not possible, via Skype/Facetime.

You must also prepare one of the following to evidence your specific experience and/or craft in musical theatre performance, creation or pedagogy:

a) For performers - an audition of two contrasting songs (at least one of which must be from the musical theatre repertoire) and a spoken monologue. You should provide sheet music for your two songs for piano accompaniment (a pianist will be provided on the day of your audition/interview)

b) For directors, MDs and choreographers - recorded evidence of your work (preferably on USB stick or your own tablet/laptop) where possible, along with any further documentary evidence of your experience, including a list of productions and/or programmes, designs, etc.

c) For librettists, lyricists and composers - at least two examples of your work as follows:

1. Librettists - synopses or outlines of two shows either written or in development, with at least one scene in script form from both and at least one of these to lead into song/dance.

2. Lyricists - at least two full songs, preferably of contrasting style, and preferably in both notated form (script) and recorded (audio or video) in rehearsal/performance. These can be recordings made especially for this presentation.

3. Composers - at least two full songs, preferably of contrasting style, and preferably both notated (piano/vocal score) and recorded (audio or video) in rehearsal/performance. These can be recordings made especially for this presentation.

d) For producers or educators, any documentary or recorded evidence of at least two projects undertaken.

In addition, all candidates should bring along a theatre CV outlining their relevant musical theatre and/or other performance experience in any capacity or role. Any other supporting material is also welcome.

In the interview, we will ask you to articulate not only your background and interest in musical theatre but also the reasons why you wish to undertake this course and what you hope to get out of it. You will also be expected to demonstrate your ability to articulate ideas and critique of musical theatre at a level appropriate to Masters study. Where possible, this assessment will take the form of a group seminar discussion. The interview will be held with at least two members of staff, normally the Programme Leader and one of the delivery team.

In the event of any query regarding preparation, please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Leader n.l.phillips@ljmu.ac.uk for further clarification.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

*subject to validation

The MA in Musical Theatre at LJMU has been designed for actors, directors, choreographers, MDs, composers, lyricists, librettist and teachers, to develop mastery of personal craft, by exploring creativity and advancing scholarship in musical theatre.

  • ​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
  • A wide network of local, regional, national and international partners

This MA is an ‘adventure in musical theatre’, which will enhance the mastery of theatrical craft by helping you to define a personal methodology, style and approach to the relevant disciplines of Musical Theatre.

​You will have the confidence to apply knowledge and understanding with originality and creativity for the re-interpretation of received assumptions regarding dominant traditions and practices of 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. This degree ultimately aims to develop students into adaptive and flexible musical theatre professionals.

​In order 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.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090