Studying Asian and Middle Eastern Studies opens up new horizons in an increasingly global and multicultural world. By studying the language, history and culture of a range of different societies, we open up the potential for greater understanding and appreciation of people from across the globe.

Asiain and Middle Eastern Studies provides the opportunity to study a range of different cultures and languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew and Persian. At Sidney Sussex we aim to do everything that we can to support our students, both in terms of thier linguistic and cultural studies, with a strong community and many opportunities to explore their chosen subjects in more depth.

Undergraduate Study

Sidney encourages applications from students who are interested in any languages of the AMES Tripos. Candidates will need a clear head for grammar, the recognition of linguistic patterns, and the learning of vocabulary. Although an experience of language learning is extremely useful, several students have excelled in this Tripos from school backgrounds in Mathematics, Sciences or Music, as well as History.

Note that apart from language learning, all these subjects involve essay writing on a wide range of topics. An independent approach for learning, together with evidence of wide reading, will be expected. Enthusiasm is also essential, as is the ability to work in small groups.

The AMES students at Sidney have an External Director of Studies and share many College activities with the Modern and Medieval Languages students.

Written work

Two essays (where possible on a related subject; if combining with a modern European language, one must be in the target language). We will send out more specific information about what is required after the UCAS deadline.

Admissions assessment

Applicants combining with a modern language will be required to take an at-interview written assessment. Please note that this will be the same format as the Modern and Medieval Languages paper.

Interviews

Two interviews. For those combining AMES with a modern European language, one interview will focus on your chosen European language, and there will be a short passage to read for 15 minutes before the interview (you will be expected to speak in the language for part, but not all, of the interview). For those not selecting a modern European language, one interview will normally be a general one, focusing on your general interest and wider exploration of your chosen subject. This is intended to inform us of your motivation and your overall intelligence and potential. There will then be a subject interview by a specialist in your chosen language.

Subject requirements
  • Learn about our standard entry requirements for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies on the University website.
  • At Sidney, we consider modern or ancient languages, humanities and social sciences subjects to be useful.
  • While experience of language learning is extremely useful, several students have excelled in this Tripos from school backgrounds in Mathematics, Sciences or Music, as well as History.
  • Please note that offers are set on an individual basis using all of the information available to us in context of the entire field of applicants.
Beyond the syllabus

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Typical A-level offer

A*AA

Typical IB offer

41-42 points overall, with 776 at Higher Level

Typical intake

1 - 2

Postgraduate Study

At the University of Cambridge applications for postgraduate study are processed centrally by the Postgraduate Admissions Office. The application form and supporting documents are submitted electronically via their website and the online self-service system, though academic decisions on applications are made by the Faculty or Department.

Funding

There are many funding opportunities at Cambridge from a wide variety of sources including the Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Colleges, Departments, Research Councils and central University funds. You can use the Postgraduate Admissions' Cambridge Funding Search to find out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply. They also operate a Postgraduate Funding Competition to co-ordinate some of these funding opportunities and make the process easier for you as an applicant.

To find information about the funds available for postgraduate students at Sidney, visit our Studentships and funding page.

Useful links

Course directory | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

Funding | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

How do I apply? | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

International students | Postgraduate Admissions | University of Cambridge

Opportunities to work, travel, and study

The College is able to offer financial support for a number of student pursuits including:

  • Professional and research internships
  • Study awards
  • Vacation travel
  • Arts and music
  • Sport

While it will not be possible to provide support in all cases, current students are strongly encouraged to apply if they have a project which would benefit from financial support.

Discover more on our Opportunities to work, travel, and study page.