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Higher Degrees by Research

Research at the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies (CAIS) is carried out in a wide range of areas relating to the study of Islam and the politics, political economy, history and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia.

CAIS offers two research degrees in the research areas covered by its academic staff:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil): supervised research culminating in a thesis of up to 60,000 words; and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): supervised research culminating in a thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. Candidates interested in MPhil or PhD studies can contact the Centre directly to discuss their proposed research topic.

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Career opportunities

Career prospects for graduates with a background in Arab and Islamic Studies include opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Our graduates find employment in the public service, diplomacy, journalism, business and trade, both in Australia and overseas. Students can also benefit from career opportunities which are opening up as Australia’s relations with the Middle East continue to develop. For example language specialists are in particular demand, as the need for personnel who can communicate with non-English speakers increases - specifically in government departments dealing with immigration and ethnic affairs, foreign affairs, customs and excise, social welfare, health, consumer affairs, and the media.  

Research areas

The research interests of CAIS academics can be viewed on the staff page. CAIS has over 20 research scholars at any one time. See the range of subject areas studied by our past and current students.

Updated: 22 January 2013/ Responsible Officer:  Head of CAIS / Page Contact:  Web publisher