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Fall in love with Music at SOAS

Facts and figures

44th
in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings for Arts and Humanities

Teaching

  • 88% of undergraduates say that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2015)
  • 88% of undergraduates say that staff have made the subject interesting (NSS 2015)
  • 88% of undergraduates say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching (NSS 2015)
  • 94% of students say the library resources and services are good (NSS 2015)

Research

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

Alumni and student stories

  • "More than any other place, the SOAS Music Department allows me to combine my interests in music, philosophy and culture in the Middle East. "

    I've experienced SOAS as a place of profound research and interdisciplinary cooperation, and as home of an inspiring community of people who are connected through their love for music and openness to new ideas.

  • "SOAS has helped tremendously in opening up my eyes and ears to how culturally colourful our musical world is. "

    As a future music educator, ethnomusicology has become a highly empowering tool in reinforcing that all our voices are unique and are worthy of being listened to. 

  • "As soon as I first walked into the Junior Common Room I said ‘this is what university should be like!’ "

    When I mentioned my interest in ethnomusicology to the academics at my previous university, their instant reaction was SOAS.

  • "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.

  • "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.

  • "SOAS gave me the freedom to study and practice a musical genre of my choosing."

    SOAS gave me the freedom to study and practice a musical genre of my choosing in a relaxed, engaging and supportive environment, alongside exploring musical sounds and cultures from a non-Western-centric theoretical perspective.

  • "Studying at SOAS has been a genuinely enriching experience."

    Studying at SOAS has been a genuinely enriching experience that has vastly expanded my views of music and what it is to be a musician.

  • "I have been able to deepen my knowledge of the music and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa."

    With its unique expertise, the SOAS Music Department is one of the few places where I have been able to deepen my knowledge of the music and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa.

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British Academy fund research on music in Nepal

A British Academy Small Grant has been awarded to Emeritus Professor Richard Widdess (Music Department, School of Arts) for a research project entitled "Singing histories: a comparative survey of devotional singing groups (dāphā) in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal".