If you're fascinated by the Middle East and Central Asia, transform your passion into a qualification at Australia's premier institute for studies of the region.
Leading experts from the ANU Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies will take you on a journey through the politics, international relations, modern history and political economy of the Middle East and Central Asia, drawing on our links with major counterparts in the Arab and Muslim world, as well as in North America and Europe.
After completing your Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (MMECAS), you will have the opportunity to take a Master of Diplomacy, graduating with two degrees.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
The Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
A minimum 60 units from completion of courses from the following list:
MEAS8010 Turkish History: Ottoman State to Modern Turkey
MEAS8100 Oil Religion Politics and Conflict in the Middle East
MEAS8102 Islamic Radicalism
MEAS8103 Central Asia in Regional and Global Perspectives
MEAS8105 Special Topic in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
MEAS8108 Issues of Development in the Middle East
MEAS8109 Energy and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus
MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism
MEAS8112 Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
MEAS8113 The Gulf Strategic Environment
MEAS8114 Geopolitics of Central Asia
MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics
MEAS8116 Islam and Democracy
MEAS8117 Islam in Central Asia
MEAS8118 Islam in Australia
MEAS8119 Islam In Turkey
MEAS8120 Islam, Faith and Community
MEAS8121 Approaches to the Study of Modern Muslim Societies
MEAS8122 Shiite Islam in World Politics
MEAS8123 Special Topic in Modern Islam
A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from one of the following lists:
ARAB6102 Introductory Arabic A
ARAB6103 Introductory Arabic B
ARAB6501 Intermediate Arabic A
ARAB6502 Intermediate Arabic B
ARAB6503 Advanced Arabic A
ARAB6504 Advanced Arabic B
ARAB6505 Introductory Course to Arabic Linguistics
ARAB6506 Research Essay (Arabic)
ARAB6507 Introductory Course to Arabic Literature
ARAB6508 Special Topics in Arabic
ARAB6509 Directed Study Project (Arabic)
PERS6001 Introductory Persian A
PERS6002 Introductory Persian B
PERS6004 Intermediate Persian B
PERS6005 Advanced Persian A
PERS6006 Advanced Persian B
PERS8003 Intermediate Persian A
TURK6001 Elementary Turkish A
TURK6002 Elementary Turkish B
TURK6503 Intermediate Turkish A
TURK6504 Intermediate Turkish B
TURK6505 Advanced Turkish A
TURK6506 Advanced Turkish B
24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test.
You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application.
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65 per cent.
All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
Politics, including political science, international relations, political economy, security studies, strategic studies; sociology; modern history; religious studies/Islamic studies; 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.
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.