Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at Cambridge comprises a range of stimulating courses focused specifically on areas of the world that are not usually studied in depth before coming to university. Students of AMES acquire advanced linguistic skills and refine their sense of culture, knowledge and society.
Through dedicated language study in all years, undergraduates enjoy direct access to materials of historical and cultural significance in one or more original languages of East Asia or the Middle East. The integral third year abroad plays a crucial formative role in nurturing students’ linguistic skills, helping to promote facility and fluency in ways that make the subjects of study in the fourth and final year particularly rewarding.
Students for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies follow one of three pathways for the four years of the degree:
- East Asian Studies: Students choose either Chinese or Japanese language.
- Middle Eastern Studies: Students choose either Arabic, Hebrew or Persian as a single subject or a combination of two of these languages.
- Middle Eastern Studies with a modern language: Students choose either Arabic, Hebrew or Persian in combination with one language offered by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (MML).
The choices available through the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies mean that courses of study are very individual. All students undertake thorough language training, which, in combination with papers in historical and cultural subjects progressively offering greater specialisation, ensure that the degree is personally satisfying as well as intellectually rigorous.