- Length 2 year full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
- Academic plan MMECA
- Post Nominal
- CRICOS code 082338F
- UAC code
Mode of delivery
- In Person
Field of Education
- Society and Culture
- Academic contact
The Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 24 units from completion of Introductory Courses from any of the following lists:
ARAB6102 Introductory Arabic 1
ARAB6103 Introductory Arabic 2
ARAB6501 Intermediate Arabic 1
ARAB6502 Intermediate Arabic 2
ARAB6503 Advanced Arabic 1
ARAB6504 Advanced Arabic 2
ARAB6512 Media Arabic 1
ARAB6510 Media Arabic 2
ARAB6511 Applied Arabic
PERS6001 Introductory Persian A
PERS6002 Introductory Persian B
PERS6003 Intermediate Persian A
PERS6004 Intermediate Persian B
PERS6005 Advanced Persian A
PERS6006 Advanced Persian B
MEAS6503 Modern Turkey: History, Politics and Culture
MEAS6504 Turkish Politics and Foreign Policy
TURK6001 Elementary Turkish A
TURK6002 Elementary Turkish B
MEAS6006 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey
MEAS6003 Critical Perspectives on Arabic Culture
MEAS6004 Iran in World Politics
MEAS6005 Modern Iraq: State, Politics and Society
12 units from completion of the following compulsory Research Training course:
MEAS8001 Critical Approaches and Methods in the Study of the Middle East and Central Asia
A minimum of 12 units from completion of Research Project courses from the following list:
MEAS8113 The Gulf Strategic Environment
MEAS8114 Geopolitics of Central Asia
MEAS8109 Energy and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus
MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics
A minimum of 18 units from completion of Advanced Disciplinary Courses from the following list:
MEAS8102 Islamic Radicalism
MEAS8105 Special Topic in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
MEAS8108 Issues of Development in the Middle East
MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism
MEAS8112 Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
MEAS8116 Authoritarianism, Democratisation and Protest in the Muslim Middle East
MEAS8117 Islam in Central Asia
MEAS8118 Islam in Australia
MEAS8121 Approaches to the Study of Modern Muslim Societies
MEAS8124 Islamic Banking: Debates and Development
MEAS8127 Islam and Sectarianism in the Middle East
A maximum of 6 units of experiential courses from the following list:
ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program A
CRWF7001 Editor's Practicum: Online Public Engagement, Academic Blogging and Digital Disruption
HUMN8027 Critical Issues in Heritage and Museum Studies
MUSC8012 Understanding Learning in Museums and Heritage
VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity
VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World
VCPG6004 Creating Impact
VCPG6200 Innovation and Professional Practice Internship
VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems
24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.
|Year 1 48 units||Introductory/Disciplinary Course 6 units||Introductory/Disciplinary Course 6 units||Disciplinary Course 6 units||Disciplinary Course 6 units|
|Introductory/Disciplinary Course 6 units||Introductory/Disciplinary Course 6 units||Research Training Course 6 units||Research Project Course 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||Disciplinary Course 6 units||Disciplinary Course 6 units||Research Training Course 6 units||Research Project Course 6 units|
|ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|
At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.
Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.
Academic achievement & English language proficiency
The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.
However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.
If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:
• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.
Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.
Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission
As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.
Assessment of qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.
Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
Applications for course credit
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
Diplomacy, International relations, Modern history; Other social sciences and humanities disciplines and fields where there is significant coverage of a relevant aspect of Middle Eastern, Central Asian or Islamic Studies and where similar approaches and methodologies are used; and modern languages relating to the Middle East and/or Central Asia region such as Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Russian or French. Politics, Political economy, Political science, Religious studies/Islamic studies; Security studies, Sociology; Strategic studies.
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees
All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)
The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.
For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
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.
If you’re fascinated by the Middle East and Central Asia, transform your passion into a specialised qualification at Australia’s premier institute for international studies. Through this program, you'll gain a deep regional grounding from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives, including contemporary politics, international relations, modern history, political economy, development studies, sociology, and religious and cultural studies. The degree includes intensive options for busy professionals, and online options for those based remotely, alongside traditional face-to-face seminars with leading global experts on the Middle East and Central Asia.
ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.
We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.
A MMECAS will advance your career in any professional area requiring a solid understanding of the Middle East and Central Asia, whether in diplomacy, the public service, teaching, journalism, development or business. Alongside in-depth study of these geopolitically significant regions, the degree includes options for training in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish languages, and experiential courses that develop leadership and problem-solving skills.
conduct detailed, sophisticated research on the Middle East and/or Central Asia, synthesize research material and explain the findings clearly and succinctly, and present these findings both in writing and orally;
discuss, explain and analyse major modern events, characteristics and dynamics related to the Middle East and/or Central Asia;
explain and assess the dynamics that shape and influence Middle East and/or Central Asia, including one or more of: the roles of key actors in these regions’ politics, international relations, and political economies; the impacts on the region of modern historical events; and the impacts of societal and cultural forces; and
engage critically with key scholarly debates and controversies related to the study of the Middle East and/or Central Asia, including those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Information on inherent requirements is currently not available
- Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
- Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.