Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is an exciting course that covers the languages and cultures of the Middle East and East Asia.

The Department of Middle Eastern Studies offers Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew as core languages, while the Department of East Asian Studies focusses on Japanese and Chinese. At the end of their studies with us, our students attain a quasi-native level of competence in the chosen language(s) and a thorough grounding in the culture of those area(s). The study of the language is done in tandem with that of a variety of disciplines including history, literature, classical languages, politics, film studies, and others. For a detailed description of the course please visit the Faculty webpage.

Since most subjects do not feature on school curricula, no previous knowledge is required or expected, but keenness and commitment are absolutely essential for this course. We recommend prospective students do some reading in their proposed area before coming for interview.

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is a very inclusive faculty that welcomes students from all backgrounds. The small-size classes for both lectures and seminars create an ideal learning environment. The supervisions, centrally organised by the Faculty, make sure that you receive a bespoke education. Your instructors are very keen to take good care of your academic development as well as your wellbeing. The Director of Studies in Emmanuel,
Dr Laura Moretti, specializes in Japanese studies and has received a number of teaching awards. Your enquiries are welcome at any point. Emmanuel College admits a steady stream of students for this course and provides a warm community of like-minded colleagues.

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.

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 and the work should be written in English, unless the applicant is also applying to study a a modern language. 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