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Centre of Taiwan Studies

MA Taiwan Studies

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


Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

The SOAS MA programme in Taiwan Studies is the first postgraduate degree focussing on contemporary Taiwan in the English speaking world. It provides an unrivalled programme of advanced interdisciplinary courses on Taiwan’s politics, society and culture, film, rights and law, and languages.

Why study Taiwan?

Taiwan occupies a critical geo-strategic position in the Asia-Pacific Region and the development of its relationship with Mainland China, as well as the countries of North East and South East Asia is already an important shaping influence on economic and political developments throughout the region. Analysis of the development experience of contemporary Taiwan serves to highlight a unique, but transferable model of economic growth, social transformation and political modernisation.

Email: df2@soas.ac.uk


Students are required to take the equivalent of three courses + dissertation.

Students must take the compulsory course Taiwan's Politics and Cross-Strait Relations plus any two of the three half unit courses from List A, and either chose Elementary Spoken Hokkien or the equivalent of ONE course unit from List B.

The dissertation must be related to one of the courses on List A.

Students may only take a language unit as a minor; admission to any language course and the level of that language is subject to a placement test and at the discretion of the course convener.

List A Options

Choose two of these courses

List B Options

Choose the equivalent of one unit from this list.

Anthropology and Sociology
Media Studies

Programme Specification


Teaching & Learning




A postgraduate degree in Taiwan studies from SOAS equips students with essential skills such as competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law.

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

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.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

Studying for my MA in Taiwan Studies at SOAS was a wonderful experience

Minna Hsu