Since the 1960s, SOAS has played a major role in bringing world music into mainstream awareness in the UK.
SOAS provides the largest centre in Europe for the study of music from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and their diasporas. Undergraduate studies include a BA in Global Popular Music, and Masters in Global Creative and Cultural Industries.
Many staff and students are involved in professional performance, composition and music production, and have received international awards and Grammy nominations.
The reach of its research and teaching has been extended through collaboration with the BBC, the Aga Khan Music Initiative and other community organisations.