Asian Studies encompasses a range of topics, including Asian societies, cultures, history, politics, religion and environmental issues.


Asia is home to two-thirds of the world's population and some of the most dynamic and fascinating societies on the planet. It is also an economic powerhouse vital to Australia's future prosperity and security.

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Course description, features and facilities

Asian Studies introduces you to the many cultures, societies and politics of Asia including China, Indonesia and Japan. It explores the impact of the great religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam and investigates the dramatic changes that colonialism and revolutions have brought to the people of the region. As a student you will develop critical knowledge of contemporary Asia and the social, cultural, political and economic forces which are shaping modern societies in the region. You will examine topics as diverse as popular culture, gender relations, environmental issues, political transformations, the media and Australia's relations with the region. The Asian Studies major does not require you to learn an Asian language.

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Student profile – Eva Borri

Having always been fascinated by the Asian region, studying Asian Studies at UWA has enabled me to really deepen my understanding of the region. The course not only looks at the regions’ history, political and economic development as a whole but also explores current socio-cultural issues and Australia’s relationship with its closest neighbours.

It also provides a focus on some of Australia’s most important trading partners; China, Japan and Indonesia. This has meant that the course was a perfect combination with my commerce degree as most commerce majors now heavily focus on the Asian region and thus gave me a great advantage in my studies.

I was also able to put the knowledge I learned via the Asian Studies major to good use when I participated in the China Field Study trip and also during multiple trips to South East Asia.Furthermore, the course has taught me to think critically and research topics of my own choosing, skills that have been greatly helpful in other areas of my studies.

When considering Australia’s position in the region, it becomes clear that now more than ever, studying Asian Studies will provide you with useful knowledge no matter what field of study or work you pursue in the future.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Graduates with a good understanding of Asian cultures, societies and languages are in short supply. They have excellent employment prospects in Australia and in the rising economies of Asia. Many employers in Australia and Asia including human rights, education, tourism and media organisations, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the World Bank, and the United Nations give priority to the employment of graduates with an Asia-related academic background.

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Further study opportunities

This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to study this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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Asian Studies: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12-15 hours plus own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Arts Student Office
M200 Ground Floor Arts Building
(+618) 6488 2091
Additional information