MA Opera 360: The Opera Industry

MA Opera 360: The Opera Industry

Course Overview

Available from September 2022, this taught programme offers a detailed investigation into the opera industry from the perspective of practitioners, on both the administrative and artistic side. Designed to provide graduates considering a non-performing career in the world of opera a detailed understanding of working practices in the industry, and at those already engaged with the industry wishing to upskill or move into a leadership role.

  • Flexible programme delivered exclusively online in association with the David Seligman Opera School
  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials with a core team of experienced opera professionals, along with guest presentations and question-and-answer sessions with opera insiders
  • Individual mentoring support provided through digital platforms
  • Examining standard working practices within opera, as well as time dedicated to looking at the issues facing the industry today
  • Tuition will be provided in critical skills and analytical skills which will be essential to respond to the fast-changing contemporary environment
  • Research methodology training appropriate for the opera industry
  • Opportunities to observe rehearsals for current opera productions
  • Based within a conservatoire which combines both music and drama training, the course provides a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in each element of opera production at the highest level
  • Opportunity to examine the role that opera companies play within the community
  • Focus on employability and transferable skills
  • Access to a digital library of resources
  • As well as being suitable for recent graduates and those already in the industry, the course is also suitable for those with a passion for opera, providing each individual with the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the subject and create their own ways of participating


Course Structure

Please note that, while the information below reflects the programme offered to date, it may be subject to amendment and change in future years. Students are always consulted on such change and details are made available to applicants holding offers.

In order to progress through the full MA course, students normally have to pass all modules and achieve a total of 180 credits overall.

  • Module Information

    Each of the core modules is 20 credits, and these may be taken in any order. Six modules from the eight available are required for completion, with at least two taken from each of the clusters: Music & Drama and Industry Practice.

    The remaining credits for the full Master’s will come from a 20-credit Research Skills module that must be completed prior to undertaking the 40-credit Major Project.

    Students may also take individual modules without undertaking the entire degree, or instead take a cluster of modules leading to a Graduate Certificate (60 credits), or a Graduate Diploma (120 credits). This will make it possible for those already in employment, perhaps in the opera industry, to take particular modules that might be especially relevant to their current practice and employer’s needs.

    If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in a module, this may not be offered. If a module will not be run, we will advise students as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


    Industry Practice

    Module Credits
    Leadership in Opera 20
    The House System 20
    Opera Administration 20
    Writing & Opera 20


    Music & Drama

    Module Credits
    The Designer 20
    Contemporary Music in Theatre 20
    The Actor 20
    The Director 20


    Module Credits
    Research Skills 20 (or APL)
    Major Project 40
    Score Reading (optional) * 20

    * The optional module included for those students who would like to improve this skill.



Download a detailed overview of this course (PDF)


Entry Requirements

Normal entry requirements include a 2:2 degree in any subject. The College also considers applications from people who have been working in the opera industry, usually with at least two years’ relevant experience. For those not in the industry, equivalent professional experience will also be considered.

All applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the opera field.

Final selection is made on the basis of an interview.


International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate that their English language ability meets the College’s minimum requirements. Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of accepted English language tests and required scores.


Tuition Fees for 2022-2023

Course Duration Students from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man Overseas Students
2 years full time £9,000 * £9,000 *

* This amount is for the first year only. The tuition fee payable in the second year is subject to an annual increase.

Students studying part time (3-5 years) or taking individual modules pay per module and these fees are subject to an annual increase. For students studying and completing modules in the academic year 2022/23, the cost per 20-credit module is £1,000 and the cost per 40-credit module is £2,000.

Further information on the funding available towards the cost of tuition fees.