What will I learn?

On the MA Music Theatre at Central, we see performers as creators, and regularly produce new works with professional composers, writers, directors and choreographers.

Acting, singing and movement is at the core, but the course also provides opportunities to compose, choreograph, write for the stage and work as an actor-musician;

Experience many genres and styles from musicals to music theatre, devised theatre and opera in public productions, emphasising new writing;

Alumni successes internationally include West End shows, opera, television, film, live action animation, videogames, theatre, musicals, stand-up comedy, writing, composing and directing.

Our approach

A core team of specialist lecturers and professional artists deliver classes and workshops, joined later by external, established specialist professionals. Our work is multidisciplinary: flexibility and sustainability are at its centre, and collaborative teamwork is the model. Research is embedded, reflecting the specific methodologies required by performers at a professional level.

The course is intense, experiential and conservatoire-based across four extended terms, with high expectations from students. The well-being of the students is fundamental and regular attention to physical, mental and intellectual well-being is uniquely supported.

Course Detail

This master’s level, conservatoire-style training provides the opportunity for music and theatre practitioners to develop performance techniques and creative skills and experience some of the diversity of music theatre forms.


Assessment is by public performances, process, examination and written submissions.

Which department am I in?

Central School of Speech and Drama

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£20,778.00 (US$ 28,598) per year
ELQ Fee: £20778. Students holding a Masters (or higher) would be liable for the ELQ fees.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

10 January 2022


Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Embassy Theatre,

Eton Avenue,


NW3 3HY, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies), though applications from students of other disciplines will be considered, as will candidates who do not have a degree but do possess significant prior experience. Experience as a performer is essential. Entry is by audition; we look for potential and sustainable employability after the course. Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.