SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Graduate Destinations

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 and are introduced to the creative and cultural industries.

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.

What do Graduates do?

Destinations of 2017 Graduates: Undergraduates

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they are doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Music Undergraduate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 59%. Work and study 12%. Studying 0%. Other 6%.

Example employers include:
  • Argus Media
  • Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione de Paris
  • South Asian Art UK / Yorkshire Young Musicians
  • St Augustine's CE High School
Example occupations include:
  • Accordionist
  • Composer
  • Freelance Media and Communications Professional
  • Freelance Musician
  • Journalist (Market Reporter)
  • Professional Performer

Destination of 2017 Graduates: Postgraduates

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation to find out what they are doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling.

Music Postgraduate. 2017 graduates six months after completing their studies. In work 64%. Work and study 7%. Studying 7%. Other 21%.

Example employers include:
  • Arts Educational Schools London
  • Campaign for Social Science
  • Core Arts
  • Creative Mentors Foundation
  • India Beat Sasa Music Promotions
  • Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
  • Live Music Now
  • Macbeth Media Relations
  • Royal Hospital For Neuro-Disability (NHS)
Example occupations include:
  • Assistant Manager of International Relations
  • Assistant Publicist
  • Enterprise Co-Ordinator
  • Music Teacher / Associate Lecturer
  • Music Therapist Senior Media Officer 
  • Music Tutor
  • Performing Arts Administrative Assistant
  • Production Manager
  • Secondary School Specialist Music Dyslexia Mentor

Destination of 2014/15 Graduates: Further Study

Examples of further study institutions:
  • King's College London
  • SOAS University of London
  • University College London (UCL)
  • University of Roehampton
  • Wesleyan University
  • University of York
  • Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar 
Examples of further study courses:
  • Language Documentation and Description
  • MPhil/PhD Music
  • PGCE Primary Education
  • PhD Anthropology
  • PhD Ethnomusicology - Jewish Music 

Job Profiles and Careers Information

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