SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

BA in Global Popular Music

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

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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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 courses that build on the expertise of SOAS staff in music in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, world music performance, practical skills courses 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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Programme Structure

Year 1

You will take six introductory courses plus one unit of open option courses.

Year 1 compulsory courses:
Year 1 Optional Course:

Year 2

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

Year 2 compulsory course:

The Music Business - 155800053 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2

Year 3

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

Year 3 compulsory courses:
Area Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (UG) 155800079 1 Unit Full Year
Classical singing in India: continuity and change 155800093 0.5 Unit Term 2
Jerusalem: Soundscapes of Nation and Conflict 155800091 0.5 Unit Term 1
Music, Religion and Society in South Asia 155800086 0.5 Unit Term 1
Music in Africa 155800022 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Music of Central Asia 155800059 0.5 Unit Term 1
Music, Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa 155800092 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 0.5 Unit Term 2
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) 155800081 0.5 Unit Term 2
Raga: concept and practice 155800087 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
The World of Cuban Music 155800058 0.5 Unit Term 1
General Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Composition 155800082 0.5 Unit Full Year
Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures 158100002 0.5 Unit Term 1
Curating Global Arts 158100004 0.5 Unit Term 2
Directed Study in Popular Music 155800088 0.5 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Gender and Music 155800073 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Global Hip-Hop 155800084 0.5 Unit Term 2
Introduction to Sound Recording 155800069 0.5 Unit Term 1
Music, Shamanism and Healing 155800055 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Presenting World Music On Radio 155800076 0.5 Unit Term 2
The Music Business 155800053 0.5 Unit Term 2
Project Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Extended Essay in Music 1 155800066 0.5 Unit Term 1
Performance Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Performance 2 155800042 0.5 Unit Full Year
Performance 3 155800045 1 Unit Full Year


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. 

BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £16,575
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,387.50 £8,288
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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