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Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours)

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HMECA
  • CRICOS code 082705K
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HMECA
  • CRICOS code 082705K

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours) requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of reseach training courses from the following list:

LING4009 Selected Topics in Methodologies for Researching Language
LING4010 Selected Topics in Empirical Approaches to linguistics
LANG4004 Research Tools in Advanced Language Studies
POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods

12 units from completion of disciplinary courses from the following list:

MEAS4001 Special Topics in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (which may be taken twice)
MEAS4100 Oil, Religion, Politics and Conflict in the Middle East  
MEAS4102 Islamic Radicalism
MEAS4103 Central Asia in Regional and Global Perspectives
MEAS4109 Energy and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus
MEAS4111 Islam, The West and International Terrorism
MEAS4112 Dynamics of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict
MEAS4113 The Gulf -Strategic Environment
MEAS4114 Geopolitics of Central Asia
MEAS4115 Islam in World Politics
MEAS4116 Authoritarianism, Democratisation and Protest in the Muslim Middle East
MEAS4117 Islam in Central Asia
MEAS4121 Approaches to the Study of Modern Muslim Societies

24 units from completion of THES4103 Thesis

Elective Study

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

Study Options

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Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studiesfrom the ANU, or equivalent from another institution with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent, calculated from the 36 units of courses with highest final mark, excluding 1000-level courses, that are listed in the orders for one of the following majors:

  • Arabic
  • Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
  • Persian

and with the written approval of an identified supervisor for THES4103 Thesis.


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Adjustment Factors

Adjustment Factors do not apply to 1 year honours programs. They do not apply to this program.

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Eligibility to apply 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.

The Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of  Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, it gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies, and through the design and implementation of a research project, typically a 20,000 word thesis, that leads to the development of new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. pose a significant research question relating to Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Further Information

If a person seeking acceptance into a Bachelor Honours program satisfies or exceeds the minimum requirement for admission to the Bachelor Honours program, the Delegated Authority is not obliged to admit the person to the program only because the person has satisfied the minimum requirement for admission.


The Delegated Authority for the Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours) plan HMECA is the CASS Associate Dean Students. All admissions to this plan must be approved by the Delegated Authority.


Applicants should in the first instance contact their discipline’s Honours convenor; names and contact details are at:

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