SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

MA Taiwan Studies

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

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2018 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent)

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

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. SOAS is the world’s leading centre for the study of Taiwan. Each year its Centre of Taiwan Studies runs a very vibrant series of academic events, film screenings, concerts and conferences that are designed to create a unique environment for the study of Taiwan. 
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.

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Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS University of London

Email: df2@soas.ac.uk

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Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Students should follow the programme structure set out below.

Compulsory Modules

Students must take the taught module listed below and choose ONE dissertation.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 30 Full Year
Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 60 Full Year
Dissertation in the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia 15PCHC999 60 Full Year
Compulsory - List A

Students must take 30 credits from List A. You may choose more.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 15 Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Law, Rights and Society in Taiwan 15PLAH058 15 Term 2
List B Options

Students must choose 45 credits from this list.

Anthropology and Sociology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Economics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 1 15PECC030 15 Term 1
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2 15PECC031 15 Term 2
History
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 15 Term 1
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 15 Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 15 Term 2
Language
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 30 Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics (PG) 15PJKC012 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Chinese for business and management 15PCHC020 30 Full Year
Law
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Law, Rights and Society in Taiwan 15PLAH058 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 30 Full Year
Literature
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 30 Full Year
Media Studies
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 15 Term 2
Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 15 Term 1
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Politics
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 30 Full Year
China and international politics 15PPOC018 30 Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 30 Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 30 Full Year

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge
  • Students will learn how to assess data and evidence critically from manuscripts and digital sources, solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations, locate materials, use research sources(particularly research library catalogues)and other relevant traditional sources.
  • Student will be knowledgeable in  Aspects of Taiwan’s history, economics, political, education and legal systems, literature, visual and popular culture , and anthropology.
Intellectual (thinking) Skills
  • Students should become precise and cautious and critical in their assessment of evidence.
  • Students should question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves.
  • Apply language learning skills to new situations to work out meanings in new oral or written texts.
Subject-based Practical skills

The programme aims to help students with the following practical skills:

  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers.
  • Listen and discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • To work effectively within time restraints.
  • Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes.
Transferable Skills

The programme will encourage students to:

  • Write good essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Understand unconventional ideas.
  • Study a variety of written and digital materials, in libraries and research institutes of a kind they will not have used as undergraduates.
  • Present (non-assessed) material orally.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

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

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