SOAS University of London

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

  • "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.

  • "It is fantastic being part of this wonderful community and having the opportunity to say and do things that would just cause bewilderment anywhere else! It really is a special place."

    The enthusiasm that the lecturers have in their subjects is infectious and it ensures everybody succeeds. The extra curricular music scene is pretty unique and seriously enjoyable, one day you could be playing the kora, the next, gigging with the Cuban Big Band, the next, looking after Mory Kante and talking music with him after a gig in the Brunei Gallery! It’s all here under one roof.

  • "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.

Read more alumni and student stories

Tue18Apr

Presence Through Sound: Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia
Presence Through Sound: Place and contemporary music in and from East Asia

Over two days, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese scholars and musicians – from East Asia, and from Europe and Australia – will come together to explore through talks and performances innovative ways of understanding how place and music are conceptualised, interconnected, expressed, refused and reinterpreted in music from or related to East Asia.

Thu20Apr

Celebrating Art and Music: The SOAS Collections
Celebrating Art and Music: The SOAS Collections

‘Celebrating Art and Music: The SOAS Collections’ draws upon material from the SOAS collections to explore and acclaim the visual and sound arts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.