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.

Get work-ready

Deakin offers the only major in Middle East studies in Australia, so we’re best placed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the events and issues shaping the region. You'll gain in-depth knowledge by exploring topics that include media representation, human rights and humanitarian intervention. You'll also have hands-on experience through innovative assessment practices including one of the world's largest political role-play simulations.


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.

Career opportunities

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

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

Learn from the best

Our teaching staff are passionate professionals, recognised as leaders in their fields, which means you’ll learn from the very best. 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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