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Joint Degree Program ANU-NUS - Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies)

A single one year graduate degree offered by the School of Culture History and Language

  • Length 1 years full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
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  • Academic plan 7504XMSEAS
  • CRICOS code 052195J
Joint Degree Program ANU-NUS - Master of Arts (Southeast Asian Studies)

Recognising the role that the Southeast Asia plays for Australia and Singapore, the College of Asia and the Pacific and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS, NUS) offer a joint Masters degree program in Southeast Asian Studies commencing in Semester 1 (August to November) of the NUS academic year.


The joint degree is a prestige program. It offers the advantage of mutual exchange and collaboration between academic specialists in the partner institutions.


The program offers NUS students the opportunity to study under the guidance of ANU academics whose specialisation may not be available at NUS. In addition, NUS students will be able to tap into the extensive holdings of the Menzies Library and the Australian National Library in Canberra.


For their part, ANU students will benefit from taking NUS modules on Southeast Asia not offered in their home university and also from working with Southeast Asian Studies specialists at NUS. ANU students will be able to utilize the NUS and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) libraries.

Career Options

Employment Opportunities

The degree offers training to graduates employed in government, the diplomatic service, education, research and analysis, consultancies and international aid agencies.

The program draws on the expertise of a great range of ANU and NUS scholars specialising in various disciplines and countries of the region from all parts of each university.

Admission Requirements



  • Graduate Diploma with Distinction or A/B+ average
  • Four year undergraduate degree with distinction average or A/B+ average plus substantial relevant work experience demonstrating the capacity for analysis and research
  • Qualifications to be normally in Humanities or Social Sciences

Program Requirements

The degree is structured as a full-time two-semester coursework program, comprising 48 ANU units or 40 NUS modular units.


The program commences its first semster in August at NUS in Singapore and concludes in June of the following year after a second semester commencing in March at the ANU. ANU and NUS students join as a single cohort when commencing the degree in Singapore.


The program is not offered for part-time study.


In their first semester at NUS in Singapore, ANU students will complete 4 NUS standard modules offered by the Southeast Asian program and will start work on their research project. Prior to leaving for Singapore, ANU students will be required to obtain Program approval for their research project and the modules to be taken at the NUS.


Students will return to the ANU for their second semester (Semester 2 at the ANU - March to June), to complete the remaining coursework requirements, comprising an ANU graduate core course and an ANU graduate elective course and complete their research project with an enrolment in a research project course. the research project will be supervised by a main supervisor at the ANU.


NUS students will commence their first semester at NUS. They will come to ANU for their second semester (although it is the first semester of the year at ANU) and will take a graduate core course and one elective graduate course. They will also complete their research project under co-supervision drawn from ANU and NUS.(ASIA7600)


The degree structure features approximately 60% coursework and a very significant research project requiring a 20,000 word research project essay, jointly assessed by an expert panel of leading academics from both universities.

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major,  minor or specialisation.

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

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