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Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies infographic - c. 47 admitted per year at Cambridge, no specific subject requirements, c. 4 admitted per year at Pembroke


Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Pembroke

Pembroke has a long association with AMES, particularly in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, and the College is keen to maintain this reputation. There is an internal fellow in AMES and the College often hosts seminars and lectures that enhance our students’ learning experience. In recent years Pembroke has had a strong academic record in the Tripos. The College aims to take two or three undergraduates a year, or more if the quality of the field allows. Applicants are accepted for Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic and Persian.


We are seeking to admit students from all backgrounds, who have in common an interest in the subject. No prior knowledge of any of the languages offered is assumed (though it helps if applicants have learned the alphabet of the language before coming into residence); knowing too much in advance is sometimes a disadvantage, so check before deciding to spend your summer with your nose in a grammar book! A foreign language at A Level (or equivalent) is particularly desirable, suggesting a proven ability to cope with language work. Other useful A Levels (or equivalent) are History and English, though applicants have been accepted from a wide variety of academic backgrounds.

The admissions process consists of a pre-interview written assessment (see University of Cambridge website), followed by two or three interviews at Pembroke and in the Faculty. Interviews consist mainly of general questions and discussion of applicants' A Level (or equivalent) work.  As part of the admissions process applicants will be asked to submit two essays of their choice written for their A Level (or equivalent) courses.

Go to the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies faculty website