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Programme Overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
in Musical Theatre


NFQ Level


4 years (8 semesters)

CAO Code


Application Deadline
1 February 2023 (CAO)
31 May 2023 (non-EU)


Entrance Test
11-12 March 2023

Course Fees (EU)
€3,007 + tuition fees (if applicable)


Course Fees (non-EU)





Applications should be made to:


Admission Requirements

For admission to the programme, standard applicants must:

  • meet the minimum entry requirements;
  • sit the Entrance Test; and 
  • complete Garda Vetting.


Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate in at least six subjects (i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects); one of the subjects must be English or Irish. There is no specific requirement for Maths (a grade F2 or higher in foundation level Maths is recognised as one of the subjects for entry).


In addition to the Leaving Certificate, academic qualification can also be considered from:

  • UK A-Levels and similar European / international examinations (see CAO advisory document for further information);
  • those holding relevant FETAC Level 5 & 6 qualifications;
  • mature candidates with relevant subject experience.


Non-EU minimum entry requirements are available through the MTU International Office.


If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.


Entrance Test

This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must audition in the three disciplines of dance, acting and singing. Assessments will be conducted through a combination of video submissions and in-person auditions (overseas applicants are encouraged to attend in-person).

Each candidate who sits an Entrance Test is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points and must achieve the minimum threshold of 276 points to be considered eligible. 

Places on the course are allocated according to the rank achieved as a result of this assessment procedure; i.e. Leaving Certificate exam points are not used to rank candidates. 

Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Test.


Video Submissions

All self-tape video submissions must be uploaded to YouTube as unlisted videos, with the links forwarded to by 17:00 on Friday 24 February 2023.

All candidates should begin their videos by speaking - to the camera - their full names and CAO numbers (if applicable). Before performing each piece, candidates should introduce the work with song title, show title and composer/lyricist or play title and playwright. 

Smartphone video is acceptable provided both the video and audio are of a reasonable quality.


Acting: Candidates must submit a self-tape video of a three-minute monologue from a published play or musical.

Singing: Candidates must submit a self-tape video of two contrasting musical theatre songs, preferably with accompaniment (live or backing track).



In-person auditions will take place on Saturday 11  - Sunday 12 March 2023 at MTU Cork School of Music.


Dance: Candidates will be taught a routine and asked to perform it in small groups at the end of the session. Appropriate fitted dance or gym wear should be worn with jazz shoes or bare feet.

Acting: Candidates will take part in an unprepared group drama improvisation and will be assessed on participation.


Garda Vetting

Vetting is conducted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly known as the Garda Central Vetting Unit). The National Vetting Bureau (NVB) helps to assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.


Course Information

This is a specialist degree course aimed at 'triple-threat' performers: in other words centred on the three disciplines of singing, dancing and acting.


You will receive an intensive training in all three disciplines throughout your studies. Individual singing training, in both legitimate and contemporary styles, is supplemented by a chorus class. You will attend music theory classes, and musical theatre history and context lectures. Dance is a vital component and your core studies in tap, ballet and jazz are supplemented with weekly workshops by superb visiting professionals. Acting, drama and the spoken voice is the third core skill. These disciplines are brought together in a weekly ensemble rehearsal class where you will integrate staged scenes and musical numbers. An 'intro to theatre' class in semester one is followed in semester two by the first of our extensive theatre technology modules - sound, lighting and various computer-based production tools add to your general theatrical skilset. All of our students take the Stagepass training course which allows them to intern and get casual work in professional theatres and graduates can avail of a Graduate Profile with Spotlight. This full-time and demanding schedule of study and practice comes to a focus in a public performance each year.


Based in the heart of Cork City, MTU Cork School of Music occupies a purpose-built conservatory building, regarded as one of the best facilities in the world for creative and performing arts education with an amazing technological infrastructure. For more info, visit our facilities page.



Our superb full-time course team are highly qualified academics and professional performers with international careers.

  • David Hayes – course coordinator, musical director and ensemble lecturer
  • Irene O'Mara – course coordinator, lecturer in acting and professional portfolio
  • Christine Scarry – director and lecturer in acting, acting through song, ensemble, musical theatre history and professional portfolio
  • Cathal Synnott – lecturer in singing, ensemble and musical theatre history, musical director and chorus director
  • Majella Cullagh, Mary Hegarty, Clodagh Long, Dearbhaile Maclean, Ryan Morgan and Kelley Petcu – singing lecturers
  • Aisling Byrne-Gaughan, Alex Glennon and Roman Postolatij – lecturers in dance and ensemble
  • Ciaran Bermingham – ensemble lecturer
  • Kieran Prendergast – theatre technology lecturer
  • Maria Mulcahy – music theory lecturer
  • Deirdre Collins – Acting Head of Department


Elective Studies

In addition to your core studies, from second year onward, you have access to a wide menu of elective subjects. These include topics like costume and set design, directing, scriptwriting, lighting and sound design, stage management, or specialist study in a performance discipline. Students can also elect to undertake an external theatrical work placement, or internship on a university production. Complete documentation and detailed module content is available here.


Professional Visits

Central to our course philosophy is to have regular contact and workshop experience with as wide a variety of professional practitioners as possible. Visiting professionals have included Killian Donnelly, David Shannon, Molly Lynch, Alex Blake and Brian Murray - all first-class superstars of the West End and Broadway and wonderfully inspiring teachers. Students and staff also regularly workshop with musical theatre writers who have new work in the development phase.


Public Performances

Students participate in public performances every year, both in the university and in external venues. The showcase Steppin’ Out was performed to great acclaim at Cork Opera House in June 2022, with a full scale production of The Addams Family being produced at the Everyman Theatre in February 2023.


Further Information

Email or phone +353 (0)21 4807309 / +353 (0)21 4807310.

Semester Timeline


Jan Mon 16

Semester 2 commences

Jun Wed 20

Academic Year finishes

Jun Tue 5


May Mon 28

Advanced Recital Competition final

May Sat 26

Advanced Recital Competition prelims

May Mon 7

Degree Assessments & Examinations

May Fri 4

Semester 2 Lectures end* (confirm BATDS)

Apr Thu 12

Degree Entrance Tests for CAO Applicants

Mar Mon 26

Easter Holidays

Mar Sat 24

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Mar Fri 23

Degree classes finish for Easter Break

Mar Sat 17

School Closed for St Patricks weekend

Feb Sat 24

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Feb Mon 12

Reading Week

Jan Sat 27

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Jan Mon 15


Semester 2 Lectures commence (confirm BATDS)

Jan Mon 8

Degree Performance Assessments

Dec Mon 18

Degree Assessments & Examinations

Dec Fri 15

Semester 1 Lectures end

Nov Sat 25

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Nov Sat 18

Open Day for CSM Undergraduate Degree Courses

Oct Mon 30

Reading Week

Oct Thu 26

Conferring Ceremony

Oct Sat 21

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Sep Sat 23

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Sep Mon 11

Semester 1 classes and lessons commence for all full-time students

Sep Fri 1

Academic Year commences

Aug Thu 31

Registration for 1st year undergraduate and Masters Degrees

Jan Wed 4

BATDS Year 4 recommences

Oct Thu 27

CSM Awards Ceremony for full-time students

Sep Mon 5

Registration for Years 2 - 4 BMus, BATDS, BAPM & Class Meetings

Induction of MA/MSc in Music & Technology

Induction of MA (Performance/Conducting/Composition)


Aug Mon 15

Autumn Examinations

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Semester Timeline


Jun Sat 16

Individual lessons Finish

May Mon 28

Grade Examination Week

Musicianship Exam Fortnight

Advanced Recital Competition Final

May Sat 26

Advanced Recital Competition Prelims

May Mon 7

Chamber Music Competition Week

Apr Mon 9

Classes recommence

Mar Mon 26

Easter Holidays

Mar Tue 20

Classes recommence

Mar Sat 17

School Closed for St Patricks weekend

Mar Sun 4

Senior Recital Competition Final

Feb Mon 19

Classes recommence

Feb Mon 12

Mid-term Break2

Feb Sun 11

Junior Recital Competition Final 15:00

Feb Fri 9

Junior Recital Competition Prelims

Jan Fri 19

Term 2 Fees due

Jan Mon 8

All teaching re-commences

Dec Fri 22

Classes & lessons for part-time students finish

Dec Mon 11

Piano Accompaniment Competition Week

Dec Fri 1

Junior Concerto

Nov Mon 6

Classes recommence

Oct Mon 30

Mid-term Break1

Oct Fri 20

CSM Awards Ceremony

Sep Mon 11

Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, Drama group rehearsals commence

Sep Fri 1

Academic Year commences

Mar Tue 14

Application forms available for all part-time courses commencing in September 2016 (accepted from 9am)

Mar Fri 10

Open Day for part-time courses - schedule available from public office during February

Mar Thu 2

Senior Recital Competition Prelims

Feb Tue 14

Senior Concerto

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