Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Director of Studies: Dr Sally Church and Professor Yaron Peleg

Course Overview

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (often abbreviated to ‘AMES’) is a course unique to the University.  The course is flexible, and numerous options and combinations are available. You should indicate which language(s) you’re interested in studying in the additional applicant questionnaire – the choice isn’t absolute and some students change direction before they start or as they progress.  You can study Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese or Persian.

There is further information about the course on the University and Faculty webpages.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific subject requirements requested by the College, except for if combining with a European language. In the case where you are combining with a European Language, and A Level (or equivalent) in that language is required, and you will also be required to sit the College registered MML assessment.  Entry requirements can be found here. The best preparation is for you to explore for yourself what interests you in the culture you choose to study. Please note that we would ask you to submit two pieces of recent written work (preferably marked) of up to 1500 words with your application. These should be in an essay format. Please contact the Admissions Office for a cover sheet.

Admissions Assessment

There is no admissions assessment unless you are combining AMES with Modern and Medieval Languages. In this case, you will take the MML Admissions Assessment.   Further information about this will be provided. You will be registered for the assessment by us if you are invited to interview; candidates do not need to register themselves.