SOAS University of London

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SOAS Music

Facts and figures

1st
in the UK for research output - REF 2014.

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.

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