SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

BA in Global Popular Music (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU fees:
£9,250
Overseas fees:
£17,750


Fees for 2019/20 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

Entry requirements

  • Subjects Preferred: Music A level is NOT required.
A Levels:
BBB
IB:
31 (5/5/4)

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BTEC: DMM

Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: BBBBB

Scottish Advanced Highers: BBB

Irish LC: 300 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 3 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 75%

French Bacc: 13/20

German Abitur: 2.5

Italy DES: 75/100

Austria Mat: 2.5

Polish Mat: Overall 70% including 3 extended level subjects

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Overview

Programme Code: W301

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

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

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 30 credits of open option modules.

Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Sounds and Cultures 155800071 15 Term 1
Studying Popular Music 155800090 15 Term 1
Global Pop 155800089 15 Term 2
Music and Culture 155800060 15 Term 2
Performance 1b 155800062 15 Full Year
Guided Option Modules

Choose ONE of the following Modules

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Great Works: art, films, literature, music 158100003 15 Term 2
Performance 1a 155800061 15 Full Year
AND
Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

Year 2

Compulsory Module

Students will take the following compulsory module

Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Music Business 155800053 15 Term 2
AND
Guided Options

Choose a module(s) from the List of Skills below to the value of 15 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Popular Music below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Other Music below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

OR

Choose a module(s) from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits


Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Students will take the following two compulsory modules

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Urban Soundscapes 155800083 15 Term 1
Arts, Culture and Commodification: Themes in the Global Creative and Cultural Industries 158100001 15 Term 2
AND
Guided Options

Choose a module(s) from the List of Skills below to the value of 15 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Popular Music below to the value of 15 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Other Music below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Open Options

Choose related Language or Non-Language open option modules to the value of 30 credits

OR

Choose a module(s) from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits


List of modules (subject to availability)

Year 2 and 3 Area Modules
Other Music (Including generic, regional and performance modules)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Classical singing in India: continuity and change 155800093 15 Term 2
Mughal Arts: Sound, Text, and Image 158100005 15 Term 2
Music and travel on the Silk Road 158100006 15 Term 1
Music in Africa: Critical Listening - The Mande World 155800096 15 credits - 0.5 unit - Not Running 2018/19
Music in Africa: Musical Crosscurrents in East Africa and the Indian Ocean 158100007 15 credits - 0.5 unit - Not Running 2018/19
Music, Religion and Society in the Middle East and North Africa 155800092 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Music, Religion and Society in South Asia 155800086 15 Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia 155800078 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Raga: concept and practice 155800087 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Popular Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Atlantic Africa: (P)Layers of Mediation in African Popular Music (UG) 155800095 15 Term 2
Jaffa: Music and Urbanism in the Contested Middle East 155800091 15 Term 1
Pop and Politics in East Asia 155800077 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (UG) 155800081 15 Term 2
The World of Cuban Music 155800058 15 Term 1
Year 2 and 3 General Modules
Other Music (Including generic, regional and performance modules)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Composition 155800082 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Critical Readings in Arts and Cultures 158100002 15 Term 1
Curating Global Arts 158100004 15 Term 2
Gender and Music 155800073 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Music, Shamanism and Healing 155800055 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Popular Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Directed Study in Creative Industries 155800088 15 Full Year
Global Hip-Hop 155800084 15 Term 1
Skills
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introduction to Sound Recording 155800069 15 Term 1
Presenting World Music On Radio 155800076 15 Term 2
Project Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Extended Essay in Music 1 155800066 15 Term 1
Performance Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Performance 2 155800042 15 Full Year
Performance 3 155800045 30 Full Year

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

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.

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, in modules of 30 or 15 credits. They are taught over 10 or 20 weeks. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. In the School of Arts, most undergraduate modules have a one- or two-hour lecture or seminar every week. Some, but not all, also have a 1-hour seminar or tutorial every week.

More information is on the page for each module.

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