We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.
See postgraduate entry requirements for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.
Months of entry
The MA Music programme provides theoretical and practical grounding in the discipline of ethnomusicology, as well as the opportunity to develop performance and ethnographic skills. On this programme students gain a practical understanding of how music can work in the sphere of social development and an in-depth study of global musical styles.
You will study with a world-leading group of ethnomusicologists who are all experts in the musical traditions of Africa and Asia. You will be part of a thriving culture of performance, research and active engagement with music around the globe.
This MA Music 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.
Why study Music at SOAS?
- SOAS is ranked 13th in the UK for Arts and Humanities (QS World University Rankings 2022)
- the Department of Music has been ranked best in the UK for research impact and 5th overall in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
- you are eligible for an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, Amsterdam or Leiden as part of the Southeast Asian Art study tour (must enrol on Southeast Asia's Art Histories I and II)
- we partner with the British Council to offer a School of Arts student one fully funded residency at the annual Venice Architecture Biennale
- SOAS has the only Music department in the UK devoted to the study of world music
- very active musical life, including concert series, student ensembles and a successful summer school in which students can become involved
- taught in the heart of London, home to many vibrant and diverse communities and to a breath-taking array of world music concerts, workshops and festivals
- students actively participate in this rich and varied musical scene
- graduates possess not only musical and cultural expertise, but also a portfolio of widely transferable skills sought by employers in professional and creative industries.
Information for international students
Information, including English Language requirements
Fees and funding
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Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Study
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