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Department of Music

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. 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.

Destinations of recent graduates from this department (including combined degrees) immediately after graduation are listed below.

Example employers include:

  • Argus Media
  • Arts Educational Schools London
  • Campaign for Social Science
  • Creative Mentors Foundation
  • Falmouth University
  • Freelance Musician
  • Royal Hospital For Neuro-Disability (NHS)
  • Sasa Music Promotions
  • Self-Employed Composer
  • SOAS, University of London
  • South Asian Art UK/Yorkshire Young Musicians
  • Southbank Centre
  • Squeaky Gate
  • St Augustine's CE High School
  • University College London (UCL)

Example job titles include:

  • Administrative and Creative Mental Health Support Worker
  • Composer
  • Freelance Media and Communications Professional
  • Freelance Musician
  • Journalist (Market Reporter)
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Music Teacher/Associate Lecturer
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Therapy Assistant
  • Performing Arts Administrative Assistant
  • PhD Researcher
  • Production Manager
  • Professional Performer
  • Secondary School Specialist Music Dyslexia Mentor
  • Self-Employed Research and Policy Officer
  • Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Steward

DLHE Statistics

Graduate Destination Surveys from 2014 show that the majority of graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study or work and study.

Further information about DLHE is available on the Careers Service website.

What do Graduates do?

Job Profiles and Careers Information

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