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Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

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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.

Applications for the Semester 1, 2024 are now open.

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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.

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The best part about Canberra is that you are based in the political hub of the nation. That’s really helpful when studying because you're pulling in all the things that are happening around you. It also allowed me to pick courses that were the most relevant to the areas I was interested in.

Jade Herron , Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

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