Asian and Pacific Studies

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To understand the modern world, one needs to understand Asia and the Pacific.

With Australia’s economic, political and strategic future increasingly linked to the Asia-Pacific region, professionals across a range of sectors are seeking to upskill their vocational expertise on the languages, cultures, economies, histories, politics and societies of our neighbours.

Our programs

The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific has the largest concentration of Asia-Pacific researchers and scholars outside of Asia. We teach the broadest range of Asia-Pacific languages, and are recognised as a world leader in teaching and research on the region.

Master of Asian and Pacific Studies

The Master of Asian and Pacific Studies will suit graduates looking to follow a specific area of interest in the fields of History, Cultural Studies, Politics, Languages and Regional Studies, with a focus on Asia and the Pacific.

Students will gain expert knowledge in their area of specialisation, paving the way for meaningful engagement with the leaders and stakeholders of the region. Graduates of the program will join a network of alumni including diplomats, senior policy officers in domestic and international governments, non-government sector leaders, and journalists.

Learn more about the program structure and courses.

Master of Asian and Pacific Studies (Advanced)

The Master of Asian and Pacific Studies (Advanced) will provide graduates with the regional grounding and research expertise required for leadership in the Asian Century.

In addition to the expert knowledge students will acquire in their area of specialisation, graduates of the advanced program will have proven skills in independent research for the purposes of further academic or professional research. The Advanced program is ideal for students looking to pursue PhD studies.

Learn more about the program structure and courses.


Whether you are at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level, you can develop your language skills by choosing one or more of the following languages

  • Burmese
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mongolian
  • Sanskrit
  • Thai
  • Tetum
  • Vietnamese

Career scope

A Master of Asian and Pacific Studies will equip you with skills that employers rank highly in today's globalised world. Our graduates are found all over the world in exciting and challenging jobs across many fields including

  • Consultancies
  • Banking and finance
  • Foreign affairs
  • Government and public service
  • Intergovernmental agencies
  • International relations and trade
  • Development and aid
  • Communications, journalism and media
  • Education
  • Multinational corporations
  • Private not for profit
  • Information technology



Graduate profile

Anthony Tan

History in the making

"ANU is one of the premier institutions on the Pacific. A lot of the scholars here, when you read a book on the Pacific, they’re the ones who wrote it."

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Meet Sita Dewi

Meet Sita Dewi

Sita Dewi, Indonesian journalist with the Jakarta Post, never imagined she’d by studying the Master of Asian and Pacific Studies at ANU.

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Stephen Rowcliffe

Staying connected

“If people are working in government and they’re working in the Asian context, certainly something like the Master of Asia Pacific Studies would be very relevant.”

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Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team