Master of Asian Studies (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
The Master of Asian Studies (MAS) equips students in the issues crucial to understanding and engaging with the region, with the option of focusing on business and management, politics and contemporary sociocultural debates.
Graduates of the Master of Asian Studies are able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the historical, cultural and political landscape that shapes and informs contemporary Asia and the skill set to apply this in their professional and personal engagements with the region. In addition to this, the degree offers a number of specialisation possibilities to facilitate career development and professional opportunities in government, education, business and the NGO sector, as well as being attractive to employees of international organisations.
MAS also provides an opportunity for those already based in Asia, or who have significant Asia expertise to broaden their existing knowledge base by combining their degree with a specialisation in International Relations or Business at UWA.
This course is suitable to those who have a first degree in other disciplines, or work experience in industry and wish to develop Asia expertise with the option to acquire or develop skills in one of the Asian languages taught at UWA.
- Course title
- Master of Asian Studies (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
- current / 2018
- Administered by
- Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year and mid-year
- Attendance type
- full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- 1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
- Maximum course duration
- 2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
- Professional accreditation
- Master of Asian Studies (coursework or coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: n/a.
- Time limit
- 5 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Laura Dales and Associate Professor Joanna Elfving-Hwang
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018; |
NS = non-standard teaching period
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.
Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a relevant major as recognised by the Faculty must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up
to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.
Take all units (18 points):
|NS||ASIA5001||Key Debates in the Asian Region|
|NS||ASIA5002||Critical Cultural Engagement with Asia|
|NS||ASIA5003||Advanced Critical Thinking in Asian Studies|
For students in course by coursework only take units to the value of 30 points from Group A and B (maximum value of 12 points from Group B).
For students in course by coursework and dissertation take units to the value of 6 points from either Group A or B and all units from Group C (24 points).
|S1||COMM5702||Digital Media: Theory and Practice|
|S2||COMM5704||Global Media and Cross-cultural Communication|
|NS||HERI5105||Heritage and Development in Asia|
|NS||POLS5684||China and the World|
|S2||SOCS5001||Engaging Cultural Difference|
|NS||SOCS5005||Social Research Ethics|
|NS||SOCS5013||Gender in Development: Approaches and Issues|
|NS, S1, S2, SS||SOCS5101||Social Sciences Professional Placement 1|
|S1||TRNS5106||Advanced Language Study (Chinese) 1|
|S2||TRNS5107||Advanced Language Study (Chinese) 2|
|NS||CHIN5001||Chinese for Professionals 1|
|NS||CHIN5002||Chinese for Professionals 2|
|NS||INDO5001||Indonesian for Professionals 1|
|NS||INDO5002||Indonesian for Professionals 2|
|NS||JAPN5001||Japanese for Professionals 1|
|NS||JAPN5002||Japanese for Professionals 2|
|NS||KORE5001||Korean for Professionals 1|
|NS||KORE5002||Korean for Professionals 2|
|S1, S2||SOCS5551||Master's Dissertation 1|
|S1, S2||SOCS5552||Master's Dissertation 2|
|S1, S2||SOCS5553||Master's Dissertation 3|
Take all units (18 points):
|S1, S2||ECON5541||Economics for Business: Applications and Policy|
|S1, S2||MGMT5507||Management and Organisations|
|S1, S2||MKTG5561||Marketing Management|
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
|S1, S2||ACCT5432||Introductory Financial Accounting|
|S1, S2||MGMT5504||Data Analysis and Decision Making|
Chinese Law specialisation
Take all units (24 points):
|NS||LAWS5210||Working with China: Business in a Socio-legal Context|
|NS||LAWS5211||Intellectual Property and China's Innovation-based Economy|
|NS||LAWS5212||China–Australia Relations: Trade, Investment and Law|
|NS||LAWS5213||Practical Issues with Chinese Contracts and Commercial Laws|
Take all units (12 points):
|NS||POLS5631||International Relations of the Asia–Pacific|
|NS||POLS5651||Global Political Economy|
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
|NS||POLS5672||Global Development Debates|
|N/A||POLS5685||Security and Crisis in the Asia–Pacific|
|NS||SOCS5010||NGOs, Governance and Development|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials module
2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).
English Language competency requirements
3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.
Admission ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
- 12580 Master of Asian Studies (96 points)
- 13280 Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (24 points)
- 13380 Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (48 points)
(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Asian Studies course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.
7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.
10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 after being enrolled at the University for one or two semesters only are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.
(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and who have been enrolled at the University for more than two semesters are assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.
(3) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who have previously been allocated a progress status of 'Suspended' and fail again to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.
11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.
Award with distinction
13. The Faculty may grant credit towards the Master of Asian Studies course for units up to a total value of 24 points in the case of students who have completed an honours degree in a cognate discipline as recognised by the Faculty.