SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Why Study Taiwan Studies at SOAS?

The Taiwan Studies Programme at SOAS offers the widest range of interdisciplinary taught courses on Contemporary Taiwan. We now offer courses on Taiwan politics, film, economics, society, culture and language as part of our MA in Taiwan Studies. This degree is the first of its kind to be offered in Europe, the United States or elsewhere in the English-speaking world. The courses are also available to students taking the following MA or MSc degrees: Pacific Asian Studies, Asian Politics, Chinese Studies, Politics of China, Japanese Studies, Development Studies, and International Studies and Diplomacy.

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Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS University of London

Why 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. From both a regional and disciplinary perspective, the opportunity to look in depth at the rationale and impact of Taiwan’s economic, social and political policies also compliments other courses under MA and MSc programmes at SOAS.

Module Personnel

The modules seek deliberately to follow an interdisciplinary approach. It will involve teachers drawn from the Departments of Politics, Economics, and China and Inner Asia (Professor Robert Ash, Dr Dafydd Fell, Dr Chang Bi-Yu, Dr Tat Yan Kong, Professor Bernhard Fuehrer, Dr Lu Xiaoning, Dr How Wee Ng and Dr Ernest Caldwell).

List of Taiwan Modules


To find out more about this course contact the course coordinator, Dr. Dafydd Fell at

Student Profiles

Daniel Mojahedi

MA Chinese Studies

Daniel Mojahedi

SOAS was the ideal place for me to study cross-Strait relations

Minna Hsu

MA in Taiwan Studies

Minna Hsu

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