Taught course

Musical Theatre (Performance)

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland · School of Drama

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Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme

Entrance to the Conservatoire is based on talent, potential and ability, therefore consideration will be given to relevant experience which is deemed to compensate for any traditional education. We accept a wide range of qualification, including international qualifications. If you wish to check the suitability of your qualification/experience, please contact us.

The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Other equivalent English Language qualifications may be considered, please contact us for more information.

IELTS – 7.5 with a minimum score of 7.5 in speaking.

Audition requirements can be found in the MA Drama Guide for Applicants on the following website.

Months of entry


Course content

The performance pathway is an intensive blend of high-level training and creative opportunities for students who already have a related degree and/or performing experience. As well as practical performance training, we’ll equip you with skills, knowledge, and contacts for your professional career. The programme is closely linked with the industry, and has been developed with professional input. This ensures your training encompasses the skills that employers are looking for, and is both contemporary and relevant. Your training will focus on acting, singing, dance, and music. You’ll have a high degree of one to one contact time, including individual voice and singing tutorials with some of the finest singing teachers in the UK, as well as conservatoire level training in acting, dance, and music.


  • Dance, voice (spoken and individual singing and repertoire lessons), acting and performance


  • New musical development
  • Intimate scene study
  • Fully produced performance of a public concert in conjunction with the Conservatoire Big Band
  • Musical theatre scene study and performance
  • Public performance of solo cabaret or devised performance
  • Full season of work produced at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; including a fully produced main stage musical theatre production (previous productions include Jerry Springer the Opera, Spring Awakening, Company and Avenue Q) and the performances of a brand new work developed through the course of the year (previous productions include the award-winning Wasted Love, Freak Show, Forest Boy and Rocket Science)

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students. Auditions are held each year in USA and Canada as well as other selected locations. DVD auditions are welcomed from non UK students. Please see our website for further information on what to prepare or contact us directly.

Fees and funding

New Scottish and EU domiciled students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan. All eligible students will be able to apply directly to Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a non-means tested loan of up to £3,400.

Scottish domiciled postgraduate students on eligible courses can also apply for a Postgraduate Living Cost Loan up to £4,500 towards living expenses. This is in addition to the existing loan available towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available here.

For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Drama
+44 (0)141 332 4101