SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

MMus Ethnomusicology

duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), usually in Music

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Theoretical and practical grounding in the discipline of ethnomusicology, as well as the opportunity to develop performance and ethnographic skills, regional expertise, and a deeper understanding of global music – just some of what you can expect to develop on the MMus Ethnomusicology. This programme is tailored for musicians and musicologists, anthropologists, teachers and composers, as well as those dedicated to developing an in-depth knowledge of a specific music tradition.

You will study with the largest and most influential team of ethnomusicologists in the UK, who are experts in the musical traditions of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Jewish world. You will be part of a thriving culture of performance, research and active engagement with music around the globe.

The programme will suit those looking for a springboard into further research or employment in a range of music-related fields including journalism, industry, NGOs and education, and often serves as a conversion route for those trained predominantly in western music traditions.

Convenors

Structure

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Students must complete 120 credits of taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits). In addition to these formal elements, students are expected to attend regular postgraduate and public seminars and may also participate in performance ensemble classes and other activities. 

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis.

  • The part-time MMus may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) in the first year, and two 30 credits modules (or equivalent 15 credits modules) and the dissertation in the second year.
  • Alternatively, it can be taken over three years, in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits modules evenly in each of the three years. The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this be undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

Programme Specification

The formal elements of the MMus Ethnomusicology programme are:

  • The two core modules Music in Global Perspective and Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology (15 credits each).
  • The Dissertation in Music (60 credits)  
    A special study 10,000 words in length on a topic agreed with the candidate's supervisor. This will normally relate to the "major region" chosen below, but may instead deal with a theoretical or comparative topic. Part-time students normally take this in their final year.
  • Student must select a Fieldwork module to the value of 15 credits
  • Student must select modules to the value of 30 credits from List A
  • Student must select modules to the value of 15 credits from list A, B
  • Student must also select modules to the value of 30 credits from list B,C and D.Please note that not all option modules may run every year.
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Music 15PMUC999 60 Full Year
Music in Global Perspective 15PMUH031 15 Term 2
Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH030 15 Term 1
List A: Area Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Atlantic Africa: Musical Rebels and Divas 15PMUH029 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Atlantic Africa: Players in the Mediation of African Popular Music 15PMUH027 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 1
Ethnicity, Religion and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures 15PMUH024 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Indian vocal music: Styles and histories 15PMUH025 15 Term 2
Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival 15PMUH011 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Music in Africa: Critical Listening 15PMUH028 15 Term 2
Music in Africa: Travelling on a Song 15PMUH026 15 Term 1
Music, Nation and Conflict in Jerusalem 15PMUH022 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Popular and Fusion Music in South East Asia (PG) 15PMUH018 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Sacred Sound in South Asia 15PMUH021 15 Term 1
List B: Additional Music Modules
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
Analysing World Music: Transcription & Analysis in Ethnomusicology 15PMUH004 15 Term 2
Composition 15PMUH013 15 Term 1
Digital traditional broadcasting communication 15PMSH022 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Gender and Music (MMus) 15PMUH009 15 Term 2
Music and Healing 15PMUH019 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Music in Development 15PMUC034 15 Term 2
Performance 15PMUC002 30 Full Year
Sound Recording and Production 15PMSH025 15 Term 1
The Music Business (Masters) 15PMUH003 15 Term 2
List C: Modules at King's College

Students may also take up to a maximum of 30 credit modules from King's College Department of Music (see this link for available options: https: //www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/music/study/handbook/programmes/pgt/mods15-16.aspx) . Please check with modules tutors at King’s for specific requirements. Modules choices will vary each year.

List D:

Modules at SOAS from other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or MA Area Studies Modules (including languages) in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures. Module choices are subject to the agreement of both the module convenor and the MMus Ethnomusicology convenor. Modules will normally relate to the same geographical region chosen from List A Module(s).Please note that not all option modules may run every year.

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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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.

Music students have access to the large Main Library of the School 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 SOAS Library holds copies of standard reference works on music, such as the current edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. The Grove dictionary and the RILM database can also be accessed on line from computer terminals in the Library or elsewhere on the SOAS network. Listening facilities are provided in the Library, and most CDs are available on short loan. Among special items in the Department’s collections are:

  • field recordings, films and slides
  • a large working collection of musical instruments from Asia and Africa
  • extensive staff collections relating to specific research interests

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

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

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

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

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
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For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

A postgraduate degree in Ethnomusicology from SOAS gives students greater intercultural awareness, improved competency in performance and a better understanding of global music which will enable them to continue in the field of research or engage in related work. Equally, they develop 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. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Internet Advertising Board
Marie Stopes International
Association of Culture & World Music
School of Traditional & Popular Music
Vortex Jazz Club
Sony/EMI
S24 Film
British Library
Grant & Cutler
British Library
UK Government
Warner Music 
Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:
Production Assistant
Sound Archive assistant
Bookseller
Solicitor
Finance Manager
Manager of Musical Association
Junior Research Executive
Project support officer
Policy adviser
Playworker
Library Assistant
Local Councillor 
For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

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.

Marina Di Giorgi

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