The Department of Music at SOAS is the largest and leading centre in Europe for the study of music from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and their diasporas, located in the heart of a city famous for its thriving and diverse musical cultures. We offer a BA in Music — which may be taken as a stand-alone programme or in a wide range of combined degrees with other subjects — and a BA in Global Popular Music. We offer Master’s degrees in Ethnomusicology, Performance, Music in Development, and the Global Creative and Cultural Industries, and an MPhil/PhD in music research.
The following links lead to information about BA and MMus degree programmes, individual courses, and Research degrees. You can also download the appropriate Prospectus.
Undergraduate (Single) Degrees
Undergraduate (Combined) Degrees
Taught Masters Degrees
Our Associate Head of Music says:
Many of our staff members and senior students are involved in professional performance, composition and music production, and are the proud recipients of international awards and even Grammy nominations. Our students join us from all over the world, and our graduates enjoy successful careers in a range of sectors, from professional performance, academia, radio and print journalism, to composition for film, theatre and digital gaming, music education, and working on arts-based interventions with local and international NGOs.
Our Department has played a leading role in the development of the discipline of ethnomusicology in the UK. Amongst other initiatives, it has been instrumental in developing the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, the internationally acclaimed journal Ethnomusicology Forum, and the SOAS Musicology Series (published by Routledge).
The Department of Music is situated within the School of Arts.