Entry requirements

MA Music Theatre students come from many and diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Combined skills far exceed the traditional areas of acting, singing and movement which, however, remain fundamental. You will normally have a degree or equivalent qualification and/or significant and appropriate professional experience, as well as relevant performing experience. An offer will normally only be made after interview/audition. Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to gain an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Conservatoire-style training for actors, singers, musicians, dancers and theatre practitioners to develop performance techniques and creative skills, along with an understanding of music theatre as it spans a range of potential forms: from conventional Broadway and West End repertoire to new writing.

This course integrates acting, dance, movement, singing and spoken voice within a framework of relevant theory and research, in order to train students to a professional level. Specialist lecturers and professional artists deliver classes and workshops that complement Central’s experienced teaching staff. Emphasis is placed on acquiring and practising skills through creativity, collaboration and performance within all aspects of music theatre. Imagination and creativity are valued, and are explored from many different perspectives.

Where students demonstrate skill and interest, there are opportunities to create original work and to pursue related activities, such as composing, writing, choreography and acting with instruments.

This is a demanding course and fitness is assessed at audition. It is taught over four terms.

Term One provides acting, dance and movement classes, alongside individual singing lessons that continue throughout the year. Conditioning classes underpin health and well-being for performers. Performance workshops, actor-musicianship and choral ensemble work are activities designed to extend these skills and lead to a better understanding of their relationships.

Term Two includes an ensemble production in a studio theatre directed by a professional team focusing on the individual specific skills of the company. Students continue with acting, singing and dance/movement skills as part of this production. Opportunities to develop composition, writing, choreography and instrumental performance may be integrated into the curriculum. Another unit develops audition techniques in preparation for the industry. An Industry Day brings students face-to-face with agents and casting directors at the decision-making centre of the performers’ life. Term Two concludes with an industry showcase.

Term Three comprises a full-scale public production of a contemporary work in the Embassy Theatre. Acting, singing and dance/movement continue as part of preparation for that performance.

Term Four is devoted to the Sustained Independent Project, the character of which reflects the student’s strengths in research, writing, performing or creating. The research, performing and creating experiences from previous units contribute to this final piece of work. Other activities during the year include masterclasses and, for example, workshops evolving music theatre works with writer-director teams.


Students are assessed by public performances, professional assessment in classwork and written submissions.

Information for international students

Central holds international auditions/interviews in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Bogota. Please see Central’s website for details. To book an place please email admissions@cssd.ac.uk. If you are unable to attend in person, you may be offered the opportunity of a distance audition.

Fees and funding

AHRC, Career Development Loans, Graduate Loans, or Professional Studies Loans.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Professional practice40

Course contact details

Admissions and Student Recruitment Office