SOAS University of London

Facts and figures

in the UK for research output - REF 2014.



  • Music Department at SOAS has been ranked first in the UK for research output

Alumni and student stories

  • "I chose SOAS because it is the only place in London where I could gain a broad knowledge of Music in the Middle East."

    SOAS is a great place to study Ethnomusicology. It has the flavour of the world spread through the music made by the students, lecturers and guests.

  • "It is fantastic being part of this wonderful community and having the opportunity to say and do things that would just cause bewilderment anywhere else! It really is a special place."

    The enthusiasm that the lecturers have in their subjects is infectious and it ensures everybody succeeds. The extra curricular music scene is pretty unique and seriously enjoyable, one day you could be playing the kora, the next, gigging with the Cuban Big Band, the next, looking after Mory Kante and talking music with him after a gig in the Brunei Gallery! It’s all here under one roof.

  • "I would sum up my studies here so far as a white-knuckle intellectual adventure. "

    I would sum up my studies here so far as a white-knuckle intellectual adventure. It has opened doors not only in my mind, but in real life, especially in terms of people I have met.

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SOAS hosts award-winning artists for annual music summer school

SOAS University of London’s renowned music summer school starts next week offering an array of workshops, taster sessions and master classes. From the sacred rhythms and chants of Afro-Cuban Santeria to studying the Indian tabla drums - the backbone of Classical Indian music - students can take their pick from a range of four-day courses this summer.