Study Music

Welcome to the Department of Music. We are the largest and leading centre in Europe for the study of music from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and their diasporas, located in the heart of a city famous for its thriving and diverse musical cultures.

We are committed to widening horizons, fostering cross-cultural perspectives, and engaging critically with social issues. Our academic staff are leading authorities on the traditional and popular musics of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and their diasporas, and we offer a wide range of exciting courses with performance, research and practical skills being integral to all our programmes.

Our students join us from all over the world, and our graduates enjoy successful careers in a range of sectors, from professional performance, academia, radio and print journalism, to composition for film, theatre and digital gaming, music education, and working on arts-based interventions with local and international NGOs.

Undergraduate Degree Programmes

Two time Mercury Prize nominated musician Nick Mulvey graduated with a BA in Music Studies. Read more

Graduate Destinations:

Students leave SOAS with the ability to think critically and with well-honed skills in analysis – and this, coupled with the strong sense of social justice our students are well known for – is why SOASians go on to pursue careers that make a real difference.

Examples are given from the past two years destinations.

  • AKTC
  • Davies Arnold Cooper LLP
  • PPP Company Limited
  • Fundamental Frequency Productions
  • Golden Feathers – Alice Myth
  • Indigenous People
  • Music For Change
  • T&T Productions
  • Whitefield School
  • DfID World Music Matters

Class of 2016: Six months after completing their studies

In work 50%
In study 17%
Other 33%

SOAS alumni around the world

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