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Department of Music, School of Arts

The Music Department at SOAS is the most exciting place in Europe to learn about the great musical traditions from around the world.”
Toumani Diabate

18 December 2014: the Music Department at SOAS has been ranked first in the UK for research output. Read more...

The Department of Music at SOAS is the largest and leading centre in Europe for the study of World Music, located in the heart of a city famous for its thriving and diverse musical cultures. We offer a BA degree in Music—alone or in a wide range of combined degrees with other subjects—Master’s degrees in Ethnomusicology, Performance, Music in Development, and Global Creative and Cultural Industries, and an MPhil/PhD programme in musical research. Our academic staff are leading authorities on the traditional and popular musics of Asia, Africa and associated diasporas, their history, structure, performance, cultural significance, and transformations in the world’s media. Our students include or become performers of music from all over the world, and our graduates pursue a wide variety of fulfilling careers in music and other fields.

The Department of Music is part of the School of Arts which was inaugurated in September 2012. The School of Arts comprises the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, the Centre for Media and Film Studies, and the Department of Music. In additonal to departmental programmes, the School of Arts offers cross-disciplinary programmes including MA Arts of Asia and Africa and MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries.

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Studying Music at SOAS

Why study World Music at SOAS? Videos of Music Life at SOAS, and graduate destinations.

Studying Music at SOAS

Degree Programmes

BA and Masters’ degrees, with course details.

Degree Programmes


SOAS Concert series, Department Seminar series etc.

Music Department Events

Academic Staff

Information about the teachers who will teach you here, their specialisms and research.

Department Staff


MPhil/PhD programmes: current research and recent theses.

Music Department Research

Summer School

Enrol on the World Music Summer School.

Music Summer School