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Master of Asian and Pacific Studies

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

MANPS
  • 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 Asian and Pacific Studies requires completion of 96 units which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses: 

ASIA8020 National and Transnational Histories in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8022 Approaching Asia and the Pacific Today: Concepts, Tools and Methods


A minimum of 12 units from completion of comparative courses on Asia and the Pacific from the following list:

ASIA8021 Activism and Social Change in Asia and the Pacific 

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific  

ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives

ASIA8050 Social Conflict and Environmental Challenges in Asia and the Pacific 

ASIA8051 Language in Asia and the Pacific

REGN8011 Reforming Law and Justice in Asia and the Pacific


A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses listed in one or more of the following fields:

China studies

ASIA6014 China: Language, Discourse, and Political Culture

ASIA6026 The Politics of China

ASIA6037 History of Modern China

ASIA6044 Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800)

ASIA6151 Study Tour: Archaeology in Asia

ASIA6202 Archaeology of China

ASIA8012 Foundations of Chinese Society: Friends, Family, Connections

IDEC8021 The Chinese Economy

INTR8060 China's Global Engagement

INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations

STST8013 China's Defence and Strategic Challenges


Development studies in Asia and the Pacific

ANTH8038 Gender & Development: Critical Issues in Policy & Practice

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence and Development

EMDV8013 Development and Environment in the Anthropocene

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes


Environment in Asia and the Pacific

ANTH8060 Gender in Resource and Environmental Management

ARCH6022 Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8050 Social Conflict and Environmental Challenges in Asia and the Pacific

EMDV8079 Water Politics on a Modified Planet

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management


Gender in Asia and the Pacific

ANTH8060 Gender in Resource and Environmental Management

ANTH8038 Gender & Development: Critical Issues in Policy & Practice

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence and Development

ASIA6106 Gender in Korean History

PASI8008 Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific

HUMN6004 Global Vietnam: Gender, Labour and Migration

INTR8064 Gender, War and Justice in South and Southeast Asia


History and Culture in Asia and the Pacific

ARCH6022 Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change

ASIA6030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia

ASIA6037 History of Modern China

ASIA6040 Literary and Cultural Discourse in Modern Japan

ASIA6042 Reconciliation and the Memory of Conflict in Asia

ASIA6072 Taiwan: History and Culture

ASIA6074 Popular Culture in East Asia

ASIA6106 Gender in Korean History

ASIA6116 The Mongol Empire in World History

ASIA6145 Lies, Conspiracy and Propaganda

ASIA6151 Study Tour: Archaeology in Asia

ASIA6272 Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics

ASIA6511 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan

ASIA8012 Foundations of Chinese Society: Friends, Family, Connections

ASIA8038 Writing Ethnography in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8046 Maps and Mapping for the Social Sciences and Humanities

ASIA8047 Rituals of Life and Death in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8050 Social Conflict and Environmental Challenges in Asia and the Pacific


Linguistics in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA6308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific

LING6001 Introduction to the Study of Language

LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation

LING6017 Chinese Linguistics

LING6028 Japanese Linguistics

LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication

LING6508 Study of a Language Family


Northeast Asian studies

ASIA6006 The Making of Modern Korea

ASIA6010 The Making of Modern Japan: From Samurai to Economic Superpower and Beyond

ASIA6031 Japanese Politics

ASIA6037 History of Modern China

ASIA6044 Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800)

ASIA6042 Reconciliation and the Memory of Conflict in Asia

ASIA6072 Taiwan: History and Culture

ASIA6074 Popular Culture in East Asia

WARS6088 The Korean War

ASIA6106 Gender in Korean History

ASIA6116 The Mongol Empire in World History

ASIA6511 Samurai Society and Social Control in Japan

ASIA8011 Rethinking Northeast Asia: Region, Culture and Society

POGO8220 Issues in Japanese Policy


Pacific studies

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence and Development

ASIA8047 Rituals of Life and Death in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

DIPL8013 Pacific Diplomacy

PASI6001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World

PASI6002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries

PASI6005 Pacific Islands Field School

PASI6030 Study Tour: Regional Policymaking for Pacific Development

PASI8008 Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific

PASI8002 Pacific Foundations: From Maritime Societies to Global Cultures

PASI8004 Pacific Health Development Post-Covid

WARS6006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific


Politics and International Affairs in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8040 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century

ASIA6026 The Politics of China

ASIA6030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia

ASIA6516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

WARS6088 The Korean War

INTR8013 International Political Economy

INTR8022 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change

INTR8060 China's Global Engagement

INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia

INTR8067 U.S. Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific

INTR8068 Foreign Policy Analysis

INTR8073 Human Security

INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POGO8220 Issues in Japanese Policy

REGN8005 Restorative Justice in the World

REGN8011 Reforming Law and Justice in Asia and the Pacific


Security in Asia and the Pacific

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8023 National Security in the Indo-Pacific

NSPO8012 Leadership, Risk and National Security Crisis Management

NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons

NSPO8018 The Evolution of National Security Policy since 1945

STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia

STST8013 China's Defence and Strategic Challenges

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century

STST8068 Asian Strategy and Security: History, Theory and Practice


South and Southeast Asian Studies

ASIA6030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia

ASIA6039 Burma/Myanmar: a Country in Crisis

ASIA6042 Reconciliation and the Memory of Conflict in Asia

ASIA6070 India Past and Present: The impact of pre-colonial history on India today

ASIA6165 Islam in Southeast Asia

ASIA6176 India’s Culture Wars

ASIA6270 India in the Age of Asian Empires

ASIA6271 The Making of South Asia

ASIA6272 Truth and Falsity in Indian History and Politics

ASIA6516 Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development

INTR8058 Islam, Politics and Conflicts in Southeast Asia

INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia


Translation Studies in Asia and the Pacific

LANG6001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts

LANG6002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials

LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation

CHIN6041 Chinese-English Translation

CHIN6216 Chinese-English Interpreting: Methodology and Practice

JPNS6513 Japanese - English Translation

VIET6015 Vietnamese-English Translation

INDN6015 Advanced Indonesian: Translation into English

ASIA6083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A

ASIA6108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B

LANG8016 Translation Project


Research Methods

ASIA8046 Maps and Mapping for the Social Sciences and Humanities

ASIA9044 Introduction to Sinological Methods

ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics

SOCR8003 Qualitative Research Analysis

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods

SOCR8009 Quantitative data collection

POLS8047 Interpretation, Method, Critique: Interpretivist Methods in the Social Sciences


A maximum of 24 units from completion of the following independent research and thesis courses: 

ASIA8500 Thesis (24 units)

ASIA8512 Supervised Project in Asia-Pacific Studies


A maximum of 24 units from completion of courses listed in one of the following language specialisations or codes:

Burmese Language and Culture 

Chinese Language and Culture 

Hindi Language and Culture 

Indonesian Language and Culture 

Japanese Language and Culture 

Korean Language and Culture 

Literary Chinese Language and Culture 

Mongolian Language and Culture 

Sanskrit Language and Culture 

Tetum Language and Culture 

Thai Language and Culture 

Tok Pisin Language and Culture 

Vietnamese Language and Culture 

Tibetan Language Courses (TIBN)


A maximum of 6 units of experiential courses from the following list

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate) 

CRWF7001 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging and digital disruption 

INDG8001 Indigenous Peoples and Development in Australia: principles and practices for Indigenous-led change 

INDG8003 Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change 

INDG8004 Australian Indigenous Policy

VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems 

VCPG8002 Ignorance!

Specialisations

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. 


·        Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or

·        Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a GC or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or

·        GD or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or

·        48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or

·        GC or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        GRE General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.


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.

Credit Granted

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. Applicants seeking to transfer from the Master of Engaging Asia may be eligible for up to 72 units of credit.

Cognate Disciplines

Asian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Diplomacy, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Business, International Relations, Language Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Media Studies and Journalism, Pacific Studies, Politics and Public Policy, Security Studies, Sociology

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
$45,270.00

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.

This two-year program will build your unique regional expertise in Asian and Pacific Studies through deep knowledge and innovative research. MAPS immerses you in a nuanced understanding of national and transnational developments regarding people, technologies, languages, and ideas. The program allows you to develop in-depth knowledge by specialising in particular Asian and Pacific regions, disciplines, or thematic areas (such as politics and international affairs, history and culture, the environment, gender, or translation). In this program, you are encouraged to develop language skills that you can use in your specialised work. For those who wish to design an independent project, this degree provides an opportunity to pursue advanced research through a thesis. The Master of Asian and Pacific Studies allows you to work within one of the largest world-class concentrations of scholars focused on Asian and Pacific. The ANU is a global leader in the teaching of Asia and Pacific languages and offers notable opportunities for in-country study. Successful completion of this degree offers an ideal pathway into a profession where deep knowledge of Asia and the Pacific, advanced research and writing skills, and high levels of independent project management are required.  

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

This degree is suitable for those entering a profession where deep knowledge of Asia and the Pacific, advanced research and writing skills, and high levels of independent project management are required. Those who pursue the thesis option will have a pathway into a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a nuanced knowledge of the cultures, societies, politics, environments, and histories of Asian and Pacific regions; 

  2. Apply interdisciplinary methods and high-level critical analysis to conduct research on key issues within Asia and the Pacific; 

  3. Demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills, individually and in groups, in appropriate languages; 

  4. Communicate findings in academic and applied contexts, justifying methods and approaches.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program

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