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Postgraduate programs

Study options

  • CAIS postgraduate courses can be taken as electives in a number of ANU degrees


Postgraduate study at CAIS

The aim of our programs is to provide quality and coherent graduate education in Middle Eastern & Central Asian studies. They are designed for students who seek academic preparation for a career in a professional arena requiring solid understanding of Arabs, Islam, the Middle East & Central Asia; whether in diplomacy, the public service, teaching, journalism, or business. Qualified applicants from both Australia and overseas are invited to apply.

Please note: The structure of the Graduate program changed in 2015. Please refer to ANU Programs and Courses  for current information on the new programs, entry requirements, and application procedures.

Please note: There is a system of recognising prior learning and work experience for entry to the MMECAS and the MIMW. For further information on what might count towards any advanced standing contact CAIS.

CAIS Study Guide 2017

Postgraduate courses offered in 2017

Graduate Essay marking rubric

Coursework programs

Master of Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies Research (MMECAS-Advanced)

The Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Advanced) enables students to undertake research training in the form of a supervised research sub-thesis of 25,000 words (24 units) to complement the skills and knowledge gained in the coursework.

Applicants must have completed the Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies with a minimum 70% course average.

Master of Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies (MMECAS)

The Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies is designed for students who want to get a broad education in Middle East and Central Asian Studies, but who do not want to write a sub-thesis.

Master of Islam in the Modern World (MIMW)

The Master of Islam in the Modern World aims to provide detailed understanding of the complex and diverse issues that are common to Muslim societies across the world. It will also allow students to develop critical methods for the study of the modern Muslim experience.

The program is designed for students who wish to familiarise themselves with debates on modern Islam as a preparation for employment in international organisations, government, non-governmental organisations, development agencies, media organisations, or private sector companies in which some knowledge of Islam and contemporary Islamic issues would be of value.

Program Requirements for MMECAS and MIMW
This program has a duration of between one or two years depending on the prior qualifications of the candidate.
The degree is a two year program if candidates have no cognate qualifications. The two year program requires the completion of 96 units or 16 courses.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.

This degree is normally be completed over two years of full-time study.

The MIMW subjects are available to students in other degree programs, subject to approval.


CAIS offers programs in Arabic, Persian and Turkish.

Research programs

Research at the Centre is carried out in a wide range of areas relating to the politics, political economy, history and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia. See the Graduate student page for current PhD topics and published dissertation titles.

Two degree options are available:

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil): Supervised research culminating in a thesis of up to 60,000 words
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Independent research culminating in a thesis of up to 100,000 words

Students who are interested in MPhil or PhD studies should contact the Centre directly to discuss their proposed research topic.

Application procedures

Research students and international students can now apply online.

The online application process should be both quicker and easier.

If you are interested in enrolling in a research degree at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies read through our Future Student page.

Domestic students and students enrolling in coursework programs should apply through the University Admissions Centre.

Updated: 22 July 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head of CAIS / Page Contact:  Web publisher