The UNSW Asian Studies major is distinguished by its “all Asia” approach which provides the opportunity for students to gain a broad understanding of the Asian region, Australia’s place in it, and specialist knowledge of a particular country or region. Our graduates attain deep knowledge about Asia and are well equipped for careers in business, government, NGOs, education, media and the arts.

Students who wish to specialise in Asian Studies can also learn a relevant Asian language. UNSW offers study in various levels for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, with courses catering to students with different levels of aptitude, from absolute beginners to more advanced learners. Indonesian is also available at introductory and intermediate levels.

Asian Studies is available through the following undergraduate study options:

Sample courses

  • Concepts of Asia
  • Australia's Asian Context
  • Modern India
  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Asian Popular Culture
  • International Relations SEAsia
  • Politics and Security in Asia
  • Powerful India
  • Chinese Media Cultures
  • History of Modern China
  • Japanese History
  • Asian Cities
  • Japan and Korea


Studying Honours in the School of Humanities and Languages offers a chance to develop your research and professional skills guided by staff who are passionate about research and the development of new researchers. The research produced by an Honours student can set them apart from other graduates because of the skills developed, and the extended engagement in a relevant field of study.

Higher Degree Research

UNSW Arts and Social Sciences offers our postgraduate research candidates undertake research through supervision with leading academics to produce an original body of work. In Asian Studies students can choose from a Doctor of Philosophy or a Masters by Research.