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Why study with us?

More than ever, the Pacific is of vital strategic importance to Australia. For people working on and in the Pacific, it is critical to develop a robust understanding of the region to fully understand the region and grasp the challenges it faces.

Programs and courses offered by the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) are designed to facilitate broader and deeper education on the Pacific region amongst policymakers, program designers, researchers, analysts and others who want to focus on the region.

Academic programs

ANU students on a study tour to Fiji (2022).
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Bachelor of Pacific Studies

If you want to build a foundation in Pacific Studies, enrol in the Bachelor of Pacific Studies (144 units, 3 years).

Master of Pacific Development

If you are looking to build a comprehensive understanding of development issues in the Pacific, enrol in the Master of Pacific Development (48 units, 1 year).

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DPA PhD students (2022)
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Higher Degree Research

If you want to pursue further research on the Pacific, enrol in the DPA higher degree research program.

Graduate Certificate of Pacific Development

If you are looking to extend your understanding of the Pacific, enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Pacific Development (24 units, 6 months).

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If you are interested in a stand-alone masterclass in Pacific politics, security and development, enrol in one of DPA’s microcredentials (intensive courses) and build up credits for a future ANU postgraduate degree.

World-class academics are your teachers

DPA is proud of its teaching expertise and academic excellence. Our researchers investigate some of the most pressing development issues in the contemporary Pacific. We prioritise study of the relationships between state structures and capabilities, society and societal transformations, and governance in the Pacific. Our research is broadly structured around a number of research programs, including politics and the nature of the state; geopolitics and regionalism; gender; social change and inclusion; and security, stability and resilience.