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Theatre (Musical Theatre) (MA)

The Musical Theatre programme is an intensive one-year postgraduate programme which offers practical training that will equip participants in the ‘triple-threat’ disciplines of acting, singing, dancing. All of our teaching staff are theatre professionals that work in higher education as well as the industry.

UWTSD Cardiff offers a selection of postgraduate degrees that will provide the students with a solid technique hand in hand with a broad understanding of the creative industries in Wales and beyond.

UWTSD Cardiff is a lively melting pot of the actors, singers and dancers of the future. The courses’ work ethic is based on personal development, respect and collaboration. This stems from the support the students receive from the committed and professional staff. 


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Contact Email: cbc@uwtsd.ac.uk

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course

  1. Triple Threat Musical Theatre degree
  2. High contact hours with staff
  3. Three public performances with professional technical crew
  4. Strong links with the industry in Wales and beyond
  5. London Showcase

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course will develop the student’s skills as a musical theatre performer with an emphasis on:

1. Public Performances

Students are provided with the experience that corresponds to working on a number of professionally staged performances. They will rehearse and perform a number of roles under professional direction and production conditions. Students are expected to demonstrate a high degree of ability to work independently, with a director, and in collaboration with their peers. 

2. Core skills and Techniques

  • Dance: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, musical theatre repertoire, body conditioning, Pilates, yoga & physical theatre
  • Singing: Weekly One-to-one singing lessons, vocal technique classes, repertoire classes and ensemble singing classes.
  • Acting: Classes in Stanislavski, Meisner, Michael Checkov, acting through song, one-to-one monologue tutorials, text analysis.

3. Professional Development

Professional development will include an agent’s showcase and the preparation of a professional development portfolio. The portfolio will include evidence of research, reflective writing and a collection of materials compiled over the duration of the student’s studies, including a list of the activities and events that they have been involved in and a range of professional documents. It is developed in close consultation with a Personal Tutor and tailored to the specific professional requirements of each student.  As a whole, the contents of the portfolio will be evidence of the student’s individual artistic profile and reflect on their ongoing development as a performer.

Module Topics
  • Advanced Acting 1
  • Advanced Dance
  • Advanced Singing
  • Advanced Vocal Training
  • Public Performances
  • Professional Development

Public Performances/events
Students regularly have the opportunity to take part in performances/events throughout their degree, in which we can see growth and application of skills and knowledge. 

Regular tutorials
We hold formal and informal tutorials throughout the degree in which each student discusses their work with the module tutor or Programme Director. We look at practical development, conceptual growth and future intentions.

Presentations normally take place at the end of a module, exhibition or performance, in order to measure a student’s performance against assessment criteria.

Process workbooks
Students will document their process and practical work in a workbook which demonstrates their learning and individual pathway.

Professional Development Portfolio
The Professional Development Portfolio will include evidence of research, reflective writing and a collection of materials compiled over the duration of the student’s studies, including a list of the activities and events that they have been involved in and a range of professional documents.

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Key Information


Professional artists from the creative industries teach on our degree, who are experts in their field. They can offer not only detailed and thorough information, but also personal experience, and insight into the performance industry as it stands today. 

Programme Director and Senior Lecturer: Eilir Owen Griffiths
Theatre Lecturer: Elen Bowman
Dance Lecturer: Tori Johns
Tutor and Administrator: Dave Taylor

Visiting Artists:

  • Aled Pedrick (Acting)
  • Angharad Lee (Director)
  • Ceri Murphy (Acting)
  • David Laugharne (Singing)
  • Eiry Thomas (Acting)
  • Eryl Phillips (Acting for Screen)
  • Jackie Bristow (Jazz Dance)
  • Jen Angharad (Contemporary Dance)
  • John Quirk (Music Director)
  • Luke Hereford (Director)
  • Mali Tudno (Acting)
  • Michael Moorwood (Singing)
  • Nia Lynn (Voice)
  • Robbie Bowman (Acting)
  • Sara Lloyd (Director)
  • Steve Cassey (Shakespeare)
  • Stifyn Parri (The Industry)
  • Tom O’Brien (Director)
Entry Criteria

UK bachelor degree (minimum 2:1) or experience.

Career Opportunities
  • Musical Theatre
  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Dance/Choreography
  • Theatre
Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.


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Further Information

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