Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies is Australia’s premier location for studies in this field, with a high international standing and links with its major counterparts in the Arab and Muslim world, as well as in North America and Europe.

The Centre integrates the study of Middle Eastern and Central Asian contemporary politics, history, culture, political economy, economics, language and the role of Islam within the frameworks of the changing global order.

It also focuses on Australia’s interests in, and the development of its commercial, scientific and industrial ties with, within the Middle Eastern and Central Asian region.

Language Studies

Students may also take courses in three of the region’s languages. Languages offered are:

  • Arabic
  • Persian
  • Turkish
Each of these languages is associated with a rich historical and cultural legacy. Each is also a dynamic contemporary language, with large populations of speakers throughout the regions of the Centre’s coverage.

Career opportunities

Career prospects for graduates with a background in Arab and Islamic Studies include opportunities in the public service, diplomacy, journalism, business and trade, both in Australia and overseas.
Language specialists are in strong demand specifically in government departments dealing with immigration and ethnic affairs, foreign affairs, customs and excise, social welfare, health, consumer affairs, and the media.


Professional outcomes

Graduates acquire a range of skills including: Cultural and regional expertise; Diplomacy and communication; Research and analytics; Language and linguistics; And problem solving

Admission requirements

  1. A three year Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a GPA of at least 5/7 for the Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
  2. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirement for Students.
  3. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.
  4. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
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