• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bethwyn Evans
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

Students enrolled in this course will independently research and write a maximum of 15,000-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.  This course requires permission to enrol. Students need to (1) meet the pre-requisite requirements and (2) provide written agreement from a identified supervisor willing to supervise the thesis commencing in a specified semester. A successful 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:

  1. Pose a significant research question relating to Asian and Pacific studies;
  2. Investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to Asian and Pacific 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.

Work Integrated Learning


This WIL component provides you with the opportunity to deeply engage with the course content, drive your leaning, build skills and confidence, and perform the learned tasks more effectively. 

Other Information


This course requires a permission code to enrol. Students need to be (1) enrolled in a relevant program and (2) provide written agreement from an identified supervisor willing to supervise the thesis commencing in a specified semester.


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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Literature review, thesis proposal and preliminary bibliography (maximum 5000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Seminar presentation of preliminary findings (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Thesis of maximum 15,000 words words in length, excluding footnotes, documentary appendices, bibliography, tables, maps etc (70) [LO 1,2,3]

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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. 

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must: - have successfully completed a minimum of 48 units of ANU courses, which must include ASIA8022 Approaching Asia and the Pacific Today: Concepts, Tools and Methods in the Master of Asian and Pacific Studies; and - have maintained an average of 70% in their courses in the program; and - be in their last semester of study; and - provide written consent from a supervisor to commence in a specific semester.

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

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
24 units

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24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $16320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $24000
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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
2530 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7523 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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