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Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES)

Course Overview

Cambridge courses in Asian and Middle Eastern studies offer an intensive grounding in the major cultures of East Asia and the Middle East. All courses are built on the achievement of a high level of competence in one or two of the languages, and this requires a strong commitment and regular attendance from the student. The courses also cover history and literature, and may include specialisation in anthropology, politics, economics, archaeology, etc., depending on the specific course of study.

The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies itself, where there is a pleasant working library and where all lectures are held, is on the Sidgwick Site of the University, close to the Faculties of Classics and Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, and to the University Library.

Find out more about the course here.

Facts and Figures

Average intake each year: 1 – 2

Typical A Level offer: A*AA

Typical IB offer: 40 – 42 points with 776 at Higher Level

We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.

Essential subjects: no specific subjects, unless combining a modern European language – in which case an A Level/IB Higher Level in the European language is required

Useful subjects: a modern or ancient language, an A Level/ IB Higher Level humanities/ social science subject

Application Process

Applicants should submit two examples of recent work, which will be available to interviewers.

Applicants wishing to study a European language are required to sit the MML written assessment, if they are invited for interview. More information can be found on the University website.

If you are selected for interview in December, candidates should normally expect two interviews. Applicants are not expected to have any standard background in AMES - the interview aims to assess your motivation, enthusiasm and potential.

Director of Studies

Dr Mahbod Ghaffari

Find Out More

Every year, the College runs an Arts and Humanities Taster Day for Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) or equivalent students. 

For more information about open days and events, click here.