• Code ASIA8500
  • Unit Value 12 to 24 units
  • Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, International Affairs
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Tomlinson
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    Second Semester 2018
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This course is the final component of the Master of Asian and Pacific Studies (Advanced) program. Students enrolled in this course will independently research and write a maximum of 20,000 word thesis on a topic developed in consultation with their individual supervisor. The thesis should be an extended argument addressing questions, problems or issues arising from close study and analysis of events and materials from Asia and the Pacific. The course provides students with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their capacity for independent research and scholarly writing. A successful sub-thesis will open up pathways to further research work or study towards a PhD. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Demonstrate high-level research and writing skills
2. Undertake independent enquiry on topics of research significance in the Asian and Pacific region
3. Demonstrate contextual knowledge of Asian and Pacific materials relevant to their research
4. Clearly articulate research methods, materials and findings through verbal and written presentation in academic forums
5. Contribute to scholarly debate in Asian and Pacific studies

Other Information

Consent will only be given to enter this course if the student is: (1) enrolled in the Master of Asian and Pacific Studies (Advanced) program (2) has the written agreement of an identified supervisor to supervise the thesis commencing in a specified semester. Students will be asked to provide evidence of the supervisor's agreement before receiving a permission code. 

Indicative Assessment

1. Literature review, thesis proposal and preliminary bibliography (maximum 5000 words) – 15% (LOs 1, 2, 3)
2. Seminar presentation of preliminary findings – 15% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
3. Thesis of maximum 20,000 words words in length, excluding footnotes, documentary appendices, bibliography, tables, maps etc – 70% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

If students intend to recycle any material from an earlier assessment, they are required to get permission to do so from their supervisor and the MAPS Convenor. Students must place a statement in their acknowledgements that material has been used with permission of the convenor and supervisor, including a statement with the title of the assessment/s and name of the course/s or publications from which material is being recycled, and an indication of the extent of the recycling.

The thesis will initially be examined by two examiners; neither examiner should be the Supervisor or a staff member or affiliate who has given extensive advice in the writing of the thesis. Examiners will submit separate marks; if the marks are more than 10 marks apart, the thesis is sent to a third examiner who examines the thesis without access to the first two marks and examiner reports. The two closest marks are then used to calculate the thesis grade. 

The identity of an examiner will not be disclosed to the student unless the examiner gives written permission for this to happen. Students may request to their supervisor that certain people not examine the thesis, and the supervisor is to take this into account where practicable. Anonymous reports are made available to students, after deletion of any references to grading and the examiner’s personal details. 

Students are encouraged to contact the MAPS administration to view previous MAPS theses submitted for the degree. 

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


This course is the equivalent of one semester of full time study (40 hrs per week) or two semesters of 12 unit part time (20 hrs per week) study. Students will work independently over the period of this course, and engage regularly with supervisors on an agreed schedule. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must meet the entry requirements of the Master of Asian and Pacific Studies (Advanced) to enrol in this course. 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 to 24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $530 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $810 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4552 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9601 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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