SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

BA in Global Popular Music

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£16,575


Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: Three A levels or equivalent with BBB (or equivalent); Music A level is NOT required.

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Overview

Programme Code: W301

Start of programme: September 2015

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

The BA Global Popular Music offers a unique programme that allows students to focus on popular and contemporary music styles and cultures in global perspective.

The degree includes regional modules that build on the expertise of SOAS staff in music in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, world music performance, practical skills modules in multimedia, approaches to the study of popular music, and opportunities for directed independent study projects on topics ranging from K-Pop to hip-hop, Latin to Rai.

The programme leads into careers and vocational pathways including arts management, festival administration and curating, music journalism, teaching, performing and composing, album production, and management and consultancy within the music industry in Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Structure

Programme Structure

Please note that a 15 credits module corresponds to a 0.5 unit (taught over one term) and a 30 credits module corresponds to a full unit (taught over both terms).

Students are required to take modules to the total value of 360 credits over the duration of their degree, 120 credits per year.  A 30 credits module will be taught over both terms, while a 15 credits module is taught over one term.  
Up to 90 credits may come from "open option modules" (modules outside of this programme - e.g. language or non-music modules), but only 30 credits of open option modules may be taken in each year.

Year 1

You will take six 15 credits introductory modules and up to 30 credits of open option modules.

Year 1 Compulsory Modules:
Year 1 Optional Modules:

Year 2

You will take one compulsory module and must choose one skills module in recording or in radio presenting and at least two modules on popular music (including, among others, Global Hip Hop, Pop and Politics in Israel, Music of Cuba. You can also select other modules offered within the Music Department (including generic modules such as Music and Gender, regional modules on musical traditions of Asia and Africa, and performance, available from the lists below, and up to 30 credits from our open option modules.

Year 2 Compulsory Module:

Year 3

You will take two compulsory modules and choose one skills module, one popular music module and other modules offered within the Music Department (including generic modules such as Music, Shamanism and Healing, regional modules, and performance, available from the lists below, and up to 30 credits from our open option modules.

Year 3 Compulsory Modules:
Year 1 Compulsory Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Global Pop 155800089 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Music and Culture 155800060 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Performance 1b 155800062 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Sounds and Cultures 155800071 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Studying Popular Music 155800090 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Year 1 Optional Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Performance 1a 155800061 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Great Works: recordings, objects, films 158100003 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Year 2 and 3 Area Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (UG) 155800079 1 UnitFull Year Not Running 2017/2018
Classical singing in India: continuity and change 155800093 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Jerusalem: Soundscapes of Nation and Conflict 155800091 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Music, Religion and Society in South Asia 155800086 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Music in Africa 155800022 1 UnitFull Year
Music, Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa 155800092 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) 155800081 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Raga: concept and practice 155800087 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
The World of Cuban Music 155800058 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Year 2 and 3 General Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Composition 155800082 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures 158100002 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Curating Global Arts 158100004 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Directed Study in Popular Music 155800088 0.5 - Not Running 2017/18
Gender and Music 155800073 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Global Hip-Hop 155800084 0.5 UnitsTerm 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Introduction to Sound Recording 155800069 0.5 UnitsFull Year
Music, Shamanism and Healing 155800055 0.5 UnitsTerm 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Presenting World Music On Radio 155800076 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
The Music Business 155800053 0.5 UnitsTerm 2
Project Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Extended Essay in Music 1 155800066 0.5 UnitsTerm 1
Performance Modules
Module Code Unit value Term Availability
Performance 2 155800042 0.5 UnitsFull Year
Performance 3 155800045 1 UnitFull Year

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The Department of Music has been highly rated for teaching and research in all recent assessment exercises, and is regularly ranked amongst the top Music departments in the UK in Good University Guides.


The Department has a unique concentration of expertise in popular music of the major regions of Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and their diasporas. Its staff, research associates and teaching fellows have wide-ranging experience in the music industry, including the production of high profile albums, radio and print journalism, and concert and festival organisation.


Our students have access to the world renowned SOAS Library, which holds numerous books, journals and recordings relevant to the study of ethnomusicology and world music, as well as the nearby British Library Sound Archive and other London libraries and museums. The Department also maintains a large working collection of musical instruments from Asia and Africa.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

ProgrammeFull-Time
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,387.50 £8,288
Scholarships
Undergraduate Research Awards

Application Deadline: 2017-04-17 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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