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The BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is a flexible degree course, and offers the opportunity to study one or two languages from Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese or Persian, as well as combining some of these with a modern European language. The course explores contemporary global cultures through the in-depth study of language, culture and history, giving you knowledge and practical skills that can be used in many careers.


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*AA
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Subject requirements

  • Required: Candidates who wish to combine AMES with a European language will need an A-Level, or equivalent qualification, in that language.

  • Highly recommended: Languages, History, English Literature or Language, social science subjects

You do not need prior knowledge of the languages or cultures of East Asia or the Middle East to study Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, but you do need to demonstrate language-learning ability in your application.

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office, to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.

Number of students 

We aim to admit around two students per year.

Admissions assessment

We do not require applicants to undertake an assessment for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. However, AMES applicants wishing to study a European language are required to take the relevant MML admissions assessment. Information on the assessment format can be found on the MML course page.

Written work

Applicants are not typically asked to submit examples of written work. 

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