Musical Theatre MFA - 2019/0

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MFA Musical Theatre

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Musical Theatre
PGCert Musical Theatre

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PRC72001 240 credits and 120 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Dance, Drama and Performance

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Guildford School of Acting

Programme Leader


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To deepen experiential knowledge, ability and critical understanding of the integrated practice of musical theatre.
  • To develop a comprehensive theoretical and experiential understanding of the techniques and methodologies inherent in the practice of musical theatre
  • To enable an advanced knowledge of context, style, genre and idiom in the practice of musical theatre.
  • To provide an ensemble training context for the development of professional skills based on practical and theoretical understanding and reflective practice.
  • To enable the student to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical knowledge of how to research and create independent practice.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate integrated skills in acting, singing and dancing to a professional level K PGDip
Examine current and historical practitioners their theories and practices K PGCert, PGDip, MFA
Understand and evaluate the lineage of the Musical Theatre profession K PGCert, PGDip, MFA
Develop a sophisticated tool kit of performance techniques K PGDip, MFA
Critically analyse, reflect upon and evaluate yours and others' work C PGDip, MFA
Examine research theory and its application C PGDip, MFA
Evaluate the relationship between the performer, the narrative, the rehearsal, and performance context C PGCert, PGDip
Develop a performance, imagination and understanding of style and genre C PGDip, MFA
Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context P PGDip
Develop a professional profile through selection, preparation and performance material P PGDip, MFA
Communicate effectively in a physical, verbal or written forum P PGCert, PGDip
Demonstrate effective collaborative skills within a creative process P PGCert, PGDip, MFA
Develop and demonstrate the effective application of learned practices T PGDip
Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative approaches to work in performance T PGDip, MFA
Demonstrate a continually developing approach to skills acquisition T PGCert, PGDip, MFA
Establish an understanding of the performing arts profession and the individuals’ role within it T PGCert, PGDip

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over two academic years, consisting of 240 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits and are either semester based or year-long. GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Yes
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.