BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

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Develop as a triple-threat performer who excels at singing, acting and dancing, with our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree in Cambridge.

Meet Musical Theatre BA (Hons) Course Leader Ryan Murphy

ARU Senior Lecturer Practitioner Ryan Murphy shares his experiences of, and passion for singing, composing, acting and more.

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As a Musical Theatre student at ARU, you’ll train with industry professionals, take part in showcases and productions from Year 1, and gain real-world experience.

On our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree you will gain skills unique to musical theatre training, specifically actor-musicianship, physical theatre, dance and choreography.

Your tutors will include established musical directors, artistic directors and choreographers – and you’ll learn in professional facilities including our Mumford Theatre.

With a buzzing creative scene, and opportunities to perform in renowned local venues, Cambridge is the perfect place to study Musical Theatre. You can even choose to study abroad for a semester, with funding on offer to help cover the cost.

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As part of your Musical Theatre studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative facilities including:

  • our on-campus Mumford Theatre for workshops, rehearsals and putting on shows, as well as seeing professional touring companies and musicians
  • two dedicated drama studios, including a highly flexible black-box performance space
  • a dance rehearsal room including audio playback facilities, portable dance mirrors, gymnastic mats and a sprung floor
  • an additional rehearsal space.


As a Musical Theatre student, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • take part in showcases and musical theatre productions from Year 1
  • experience being part of a professional troupe with our Community Theatre Company
  • train with established musical directors, artistic directors and choreographers
  • use our working theatre, the Mumford Theatre, which is at the heart of our campus in Cambridge.

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Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.


We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it - and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Find out more about our placements and work experience, or the faculty's employability support.

This degree prepares you for a variety of roles in musical theatre and the wider creative industries. Our wide choice of optional modules means that you will be able to specialise in a particular area, if you chose to. Possible careers include:

Creative industries

You can work as a musical theatre performer, director, choreographer, or stage manager or you could choose to focus on technical theatre. You could also create your own company, produce new work and tour it globally.

You can access jobs within arts organisations and management, acting as a theatre producer or event organiser, or join theatre and companies' marketing teams. You may develop as an arts journalist or critic or you could work in arts fundraising.


As a graduate you’ll have access numerous job opportunities within the educational world, pursuing a career as primary or secondary school teacher, or as a workshop facilitator for a variety of communities. You can work as a musical theatre assistant, supporting school and students' productions; you might also have a role touring schools to use musical theatre to educate student groups.


There are a growing number of roles in the health sector looking at the role of drama in well-being. If this area interests you, you might want to train as a dramatherapist with our MA Dramatherapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Rose's highlights of studying BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Performing on the big stage in Cambridge

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre student, Rose Tkaczuk discusses performing on-campus Mumford Theatre, the employability support and the industry connections at ARU.

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