12 months
19930 GBP/year
9685 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Performance programme at SOAS University of London is designed for students who wish to specialise in performance while studying for an academic degree. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Students have the unique opportunity to develop performance in specific Asian and African music traditions to professional standard. They acquire expert knowledge about performance and the geographical or stylistic region of their performance specialism.

The performance component of the programme, in which students choose an Asian or African performance tradition, includes practice-based research. Students study the music of a particular region alongside performance theory training. Through a range of optional modules they pursue additional interests as well.  

The Performance programme at SOAS University of London is particularly suited to performing musicians who wish to deepen and broaden their theoretical perspectives and musical horizons. 

Many former students have found their performance careers enhanced, while others have gone on to engage with their performance from more critical, academic perspectives, including MPhil/PhD research.


A postgraduate degree in Music Performance from SOAS gives students 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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Music in Global Perspective
  • Performance
  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia
  • Atlantic Africa: Players in the Mediation of African Popular Music
  • Ethnicity, Religion, and Gender in Middle Eastern Musical cultures
  • Indian vocal music: Styles and histories

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19930 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19930 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9685 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9685 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time 2 Years

  • UK/EU Student: £4,843
  • Overseas Students: £9,965

Part-time 3 Years

  • UK/EU Students: £3,228
  • Overseas Students: £6,643


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