SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Graduate Destinations

How does a degree in Music help with my career?

Graduates who specialise in Music at SOAS gain intercultural awareness and understanding of global music; vocational skills including sound recording, radio presenting and editing; and competency in a wide range of performance styles.  They develop familiarity with specific regions through the study of their music and culture and are introduced to the creative and cultural industries.

Graduates leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and creative capacities, including interpersonal skills, communication skills, focus, team work, passion and dedication. Our students go on to diverse careers in music and related fields, including museum and sound archives, recording companies, arts management and media including Songlines and the BBC World Service. Our alumni include performers, music teachers, composers, and lecturers in ethnomusicology at universities around the world.

What do Graduates do?

Destinations of 2015 Graduates: Undergraduates

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (for undergraduate students this is January) to find out what they are doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. We find out this data in the summer, and here is the latest information from the 8 known destinations of the 2015 UK, EU and International graduates of single and joint honours within the department. Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

Example employers include:
Argus Media
Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione de Paris
South Asian Art UK / Yorkshire Young Musicians
St Augustine's CE High School

 

Example occupations include:
Accordionist
Composer
Freelance Media and Communications Professional
Freelance Musician
Journalist (Market Reporter)
Professional Performer

 

Destination of 2014 Graduates: Postgraduates

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for postgraduate students this is in April) to find out what they are doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. This data is added to the Undergraduate survey the following January and we receive the data in the summer (i.e. approximately 18 months after graduation).

Below is the latest information from the 20 known destinations of the 2014 UK, EU and International postgraduates within the department. Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

Example employers include:
Arts Educational Schools London Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
Campaign for Social Science Live Music Now
Core Arts Macbeth Media Relations
Creative Mentors Foundation Royal Hospital For Neuro-Disability (NHS)
India Beat Sasa Music Promotions

 

Example occupations include:
Assistant Manager of International Relations Music Tutor
Assistant Publicist Performing Arts Administrative Assistant
Enterprise Co-Ordinator Production Manager
Music Teacher / Associate Lecturer Secondary School Specialist Music Dyslexia Mentor
Music Therapist Senior Media Officer

 

Destination of 2014/15 Graduates: Further Study

Examples of further study institutions:
King's College London
SOAS, University of London
University College London (UCL)
University of Roehampton
Wesleyan University
University of York
Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar

 

Examples of further study courses:
Language Documentation and Description
MPhil/PhD Music
PGCE Primary Education
PhD Anthropology
PhD Ethnomusicology - Jewish Music

 

Job Profiles and Careers Information

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