Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies covers a vast geographical area ranging from the Middle East to East Asia. The Faculty is divided into two Departments: the Department of East Asian Studies covers Chinese and Japanese, and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies covers Arabic, Persian and Hebrew.

Students studying Asian & Middle Eastern Studies attain a high level of competence in the language and a thorough grounding in the culture of the area(s) studied. Courses also cover history and literature, and in many cases it is possible to specialise in the politics, film studies etc., of the area studied. Although it is preferable for students to concentrate on one of the above areas, various combinations are possible, as well as combinations with subjects outside the Faculty.

Since most subjects do not feature on school curricula, no previous knowledge is required or expected, but keenness and commitment are absolutely essential; Asian & Middle Eastern Studies courses are very challenging. Prospective students should have done some reading in their proposed area before coming for interview.

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies are not large departments and class sizes are small, which creates a favourable learning environment. Hence the number of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies students in any given college at one time is limited. Emmanuel College admits a steady stream of students for this Tripos, however, and provides good library and other facilities, including a modern audio-visual teaching room, used particularly for teaching modern languages.

Admissions Information

Standard Offer: A-level - A*AA; IB - 776 at Higher Level, 41 or 42 points overall; Advanced Highers: AAA; other exam systems.
Course Requirements: No specific subjects, unless combining with a modern European language, in which case an A-level (or equivalent) in the European language is required.
Course Outline: Further details are available on the Faculty's website.
Applying: For information on how to apply: University application process and Emmanuel application timeline.

Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 9 - Wednesday 18 December 2019. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

Please note: the Director of Studies interview will take place at the Faculty. As part of the interview process applicants may be asked to study an unseen reading passage shortly before this interview.

Submitted Work:

Applicants will be asked (following receipt of their application) to submit two pieces of written work, which they have written as part of their normal preparation for public examinations. The preferred word limit for each sample is 2,000 words. Applicants may submit coursework, but this will only count for one piece of work, regardless of the length. The subjects of these essays may form the basis of discussion in one of the interviews. The deadline for submission will be early November.

Admissions Assessment: All applicants will take a pre-interview written assessment. You must register - separately from your UCAS application - in advance to take the relevant pre-interview assessment. An assessment specification is available online.
Course Enquiries: Emmanuel Admissions Office