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Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

MMECA
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

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:


Arabic

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


Persian

PERS6001 Introductory Persian A

PERS6002 Introductory Persian B

PERS6003 Intermediate Persian A

PERS6004 Intermediate Persian B

PERS6005 Advanced Persian A

PERS6006 Advanced Persian B


Turkish

MEAS6503 Modern Turkey: History, Politics and Culture

MEAS6504 Turkish Politics and Foreign Policy

TURK6001 Elementary Turkish A

TURK6002 Elementary Turkish B


Disciplinary

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

MGMT7165 Innovation

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

VCPG8002 Ignorance!

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.

Study Options

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

Admission Requirements

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 

 

Diversity factors

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.

Cognate Disciplines

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
$28,910.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$44,470.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

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

Scholarships

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.

Career Options

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.

Employment Opportunities

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. 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;

  2. discuss, explain and analyse major modern events, characteristics and dynamics related to the Middle East and/or Central Asia;

  3. 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

  4. 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.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available


Further Information

  • 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.
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