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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Murray Edwards College welcomes applicants committed to acquiring and understanding a major language and culture of East Asia or Middle East. The actual subject areas covered are China, Japan, the Islamic world and Hebrew studies.  More information about the subject, including details about the year abroad, can be found on the University website

At Murray Edwards, students are required to have studied a foreign language (ancient or modern) to A Level, International Baccalaureate Higher Level standard or equivalent. We aim to admit one or two students a year for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) and there are typically between three and six undergraduate students in the College at any one time (with another one or two on the year abroad).  You will thus be part of a small but tightly-knit cohort both within College and in your department.  We have no particular preference for applicants in any specific language within the AMES course.


Studying AMES at Murray Edwards

Miss Gwen Baines, a student of Japanese Studies, says “Studying AMES, a challenging but fascinating subject, in the welcoming and supportive environment of Murray Edwards College has been a great experience. The lovely academic staff, from college tutor to subject DoS, are always ready to offer help and advice, and check in regularly with students throughout the year. The Rosemary Murray library, too, is an excellent place to work, and has a good selection of resources on East Asia - plus, if you can't find what you're looking for, the friendly librarians are more than happy to help you hunt for it!”

Our Director of Studies at Murray Edwards is Dr Boping Yuan, a Reader in Chinese language and Linguistics and a Fellow at Churchill College, whose research is focused on linguistics approaches to multilingualism.


Admissions Assessment and Interview Arrangements

As with all applicants for AMES, applicants to Murray Edwards are required to take the pre-interview assessment for AMES, which is done in early November in your school, college or registered test centre.  You will also be asked to send in some written work from your A Level (or equivalent) studies in advance of your interview. If you are invited to interview then you will have two interviews.  One will be a subject-specific interview with our Director of Studies and the other will be a general academic interview with our Admissions Tutor, Dr Andrew Spencer, or another senior fellow of the College.


Offer Levels

If you receive an offer from Murray Edwards College then it will be the standard University offer of A*AA at A Levels, 40-42 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB) with 776 at Higher Level (HL) or equivalents in other qualification.  We may ask for A* or a 7 at HL in a foreign language or another relevant subject.

Fellows in this subject

  • Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies