SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

MA Taiwan Studies

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

Fees 2017/18

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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

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent)

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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.

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.




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

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 1 Unit Full Year
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 0.5 Unit Term 1
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 0.5 Unit Term 2
Law, Rights and Society in Taiwan 15PLAH058 0.5 Unit Term 2
List B Options

Choose the equivalent of one unit from this list.

Anthropology and Sociology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 0.5 Unit Term 2
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 0.5 Unit Term 1
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 1 15PECC030 0.4 Unit Term 1
Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2 15PECC031 0.4 Unit Term 2
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 0.5 Unit Term 1
Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 0.5 Unit Term 1
Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 0.5 Unit Term 2
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 1 Unit Full Year
Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics (PG) 15PJKC012 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 1 Unit Full Year
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 1 Unit Full Year
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 1 Unit Full Year
Media Studies
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 0.5 Unit Term 2
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 0.5 Unit Term 1
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 0.5 Unit Term 2
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 1 Unit Full Year
China and international politics 15PPOC018 1 Unit Full Year
State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 1 Unit Full Year
Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 1 Unit Full Year


Important information for 2017/18 applicants

For the 2017 academic year, SOAS has introduced a new academic framework for all of our postgraduate taught courses. The new model will mean that taught programmes are now made up of four units each worth 30 credits – our current structure is based on three units – plus dissertation. This approach is in line with PG programmes in most other universities.

In practice this means that there will be additional choice of modules for students taking PG taught programmes in 2017. The modules set out here represent the options available in the programme in 2016. In most cases, our 2017 programmes will contain these options plus additional modules – broadening the range of what is available on your programme.

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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-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
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


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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