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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


Indonesia is the world's fourth most populated country and has the largest Muslim population of any nation-state. As our nearest Asian neighbour Indonesia has important political, economic and cultural meaning for Australia. Postgraduate study on Indonesia is a crucial component of the relationship between Australia and Indonesia in particular to ensure that there are people in both countries who have the ability and skills to critically engage with each other based on a deep understanding of the language, culture and society of the other country.

Indonesian studies at Monash focuses on socio-cultural, literary and linguistic issues, although within the Faculty of Arts there are also other areas of study which focus on the history, politics, economy and the music of Indonesia. Monash University is an excellent institution to undertake postgraduate study on Indonesia as in addition to the Indonesia program there is also the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies and the Monash Asia Institute. Moreover the Matheson Library has one of the best Indonesian studies collections in the world available for research purposes.

Areas of research specialisation include:

  • Indonesian language and society
  • literature
  • translation
  • performance and media studies.

Joint research supervision with other schools in the faculty is possible.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete 48 points including two coursework honours units and a thesis.

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the Indonesian postgraduate coordinator.

Course coordinator

Dr Brett Hough

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant Courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts *
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.