Middle East studies


Develop a comprehensive view of the historical and contemporary events shaping the Middle East and its place in the international system. You’ll gain clear insights into the region’s political landscape and examine several of its endemic conflict situations.

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Deakin: one of the first few Australian universities to offer a major in Middle East studies

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations, including:

  • the education sector
  • federal defence agencies
  • government departments
  • immigration departments/consultancies
  • intelligence agencies
  • major corporations
  • management consultancies
  • media organisations
  • multicultural associations
  • research organisations.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Learn from the best

Our highly regarded academics include Associate Professor Sally Totman Marshall – an author, commentator and international expert on Middle East policy and politics.

Middle East studies at Deakin

Lecturer Mat Hardy explains how studying Middle East studies will give you clear insights into how the region affects international relations and diplomacy around the world.

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