Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) course offers a very flexible framework for students to study Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew or Persian. Some of these languages may be combined, either with each other, or with languages from the Modern and Medieval Languages course.

More information on the options offered can be found on the course website or on the University’s prospectus pages.

  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Peterhouse

    Peterhouse does not operate a fixed quota of places in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, but tends to admit 1 or 2 students each year. For a student's perspective on studying Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Peterhouse, have a look at the JCR's alternative prospectus.

  • Course requirements

    No prior knowledge of the oriental language which candidates propose to study is normally expected, but it is advantageous for candidates to be studying a modern foreign or classical language at A level or equivalent, along with an essay-based subject.

  • The application process

    All applicants for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies across the University will be asked to sit a pre-interview written assessment at their school, college or local testing centre on 2nd November. These will form part of our holistic assessment of candidates' achievements, abilities and potential and are no more, and no less important than any of the other pieces of information considered during the admissions process. Registration for this assessment closes on 15th October. Further information can be found on the University website.

    We ask all our Asian and Middle Eastern Studies applicants to send us two examples of recent written work of a literary or historical nature. Candidates should expect two or three interviews, which will include an Admissions Tutor and members of the Faculty. One of these may include a period for study of a piece of writing immediately prior to the interview.

  • Typical conditional offers

    Our typical conditional offer for AMES is A*AA at A level. IB offers are usually for a minimum of 40-42 points, to include 776 or 777 at Higher level in relevant subjects. Offers are designed to be realistic, taking into account individual circumstances, and to reflect potential and likely levels of achievement. Most of those who receive offers will attain the grades required.