Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (GradCertAS) will introduce students to issues crucial to understanding and engaging with the region. Graduates will be able to demonstrate a preliminary 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 certificate will offer a number of 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.

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 overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate certificate
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
part-time only
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 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
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
N/A = not available in 2019; 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 2020 or 2021.

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSASIA5001Key Debates in the Asian Region
NSASIA5002Critical Cultural Engagement with Asia
NSASIA5003Advanced Critical Thinking in Asian Studies

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSCHIN5001Chinese for Professionals 1
CHIN1401 Chinese 1
N/AINDO5001Indonesian for Professionals 1
INDO1401 Indonesian 1
NSJAPN5001Japanese for Professionals 1
JAPN1401 Japanese 1
NSKORE5001Korean for Professionals 1
KORE1401 Korean 1

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.


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).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the 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 requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a major;


(b) a level and duration of education, professional experience, and/or demonstrable life skills considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 12580 Master of Asian Studies (96 points)
  • 13280 Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies (24 points)
  • 13380 Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (48 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

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.

Progress status

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

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.