Applicants who apply for the MPhil at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will be expected to have a high 2:1 or a First in their Bachelors Degree (or international equivalent). Applicants who apply for the PhD at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will be expected to have a high 2:1 or a First in their Bachelors Degree and achieve at least 67% or above in their Master’s degree (or international equivalent):
All applicants who apply for the MPhil and the PhD must ensure that they submit a separate research proposal with their Applicant Portal (graduate application). All applicants are expected to have the necessary academic knowledge and skills to pursue their research project. Applicants should note that admission is at the discretion of the Degree Committee, which judges each application on his or her own merit.
Please ensure that you e-mail the prospective supervisor whom you would like to work with before you start the application process.
Prospective graduate students will be expected to have a good working knowledge of the language in which they intend to study.
For all PhD programmes: Applicants are expected to have an excellent knowledge of the language they intend to study. Spoken and written fluency will be assumed.
Please see below the language requirements for each of the One-Year MPhil programmes offered in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Pathways. Please note that some MPhil Pathways are offered as a taught route and as a research route whilst some are offered entirely by research. Please refer to the Graduate Handbook 2016-2017 for further details about each of the MPhil Pathways offered for October 2017 entry:
MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic Studies) and MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Arabic Studies): Applicants must already have good reading skills in Arabic, though a student can choose to enhance his or her skills in reading and interpreting texts specific to a particular topic. Some instruction in Arabic can be provided in the first term of study, but it will be consolidatory in aim.
MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Aramaic Studies): Applicants will be expected to have a solid reading knowledge of Aramaic and Hebrew. This programme aims to give graduate students an opportunity to develop their analytical, research and writing skills.
MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese Studies) and MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Chinese Studies): Applicants will be expected to have a strong working knowledge of at least Modern Chinese (spoken and written). Applicants who intend to study Pre-Modern China for their dissertation, will be expected to have a good knowledge of Classical Chinese.
MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (East Asian Studies) and MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (East Asian Studies): Applicants will be expected to have a strong working knowledge (spoken and written) of Modern Japanese and/or Modern Chinese and/or Modern Korean.
MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Hebrew Studies) and MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Hebrew Studies): Applicants for both MPhil pathway options must have a sufficient knowledge of Hebrew to read medieval Hebrew primary sources.
MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Japanese Studies): Applicants will be expected to have a strong working knowledge of Japanese (spoken and written). Applicants who intend to study Pre-Modern Japanese for their dissertation will be expected to have a good working knowledge of Classical Japanese.
For the taught route: Applicants will be expected to have a solid working knowledge of either Hebrew or Arabic (spoken and written).
For the research route: Applicants will be expected to have a strong working knowledge of either Arabic and/or Persian (spoken and written) Very good overall knowledge of Arabic and/or Persian, including the capability to use relevant classical or contemporary sources.
MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (South Asian Studies): This programme is appropriate for students who have already had some previous training in Sanskrit (and, where appropriate, in Pali or Prakrit).
Applicants who are non-native speakers of English or who have not taken a degree course at an English-speaking University will need to provide evidence of their English language ability before they are allowed to commence their studies at the University of Cambridge. Prospective students in this position will need to sit an IELTS or TOEFL examination and achieve at least a minimum score of 7.0 in each element and at least an overall score of 7.5 in the IELTS and for students taking the TOEFL, they must achieve a minimum score of 25 in each element with an overall score of at least 110.
Applicants should note that they can submit their graduate application before they have passed their IELTS and TOEFL examination if they are unable to sit their examination before uploading their Applicant Portal and supporting documentation onto their CamSIS Self-Service page. It is also possible for prospective students to re-take this test. Applicants should note however that any offer made to them will be conditional upon the successful completion of their IELTS or TOEFL examination.
All international graduate students must obtain a Student Visa (Tier 4) before they start their course. For further information about the current regulations for the Tier 4, please consult with the International Student Team Office (University of Cambridge).
EU citizens do not require a visa:
Graduate students at the University of Cambridge pay a University Composition Fee (UCF) which includes both tuition and college fees. Some colleges charge additional fees and you are advised to check the relevant college website for a full breakdown of costs. Students are also expected to have 'maintenance' funds to cover their living costs whilst they are studying. The value of the UCF is dependent on a students 'fee status', which is determined according to their nationality and place of permanent residence. Students must meet all of their financial conditions before they are allowed to commence their course.
A number of funding schemes are available to help prospective graduate students cover their University Tuition Fees, College Fees and/or living costs. Some of these schemes are available to all graduate students at the University whilst others are offered to specific subject areas and are administered by the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, i.e. Faculty Trust Funds.
For further details on Fees and Funding, please refer to Student Registry’s website below:
For detailed information on funding available specifically at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, please refer to the following webpage on the Faculty’s website:
All graduate students are automatically assigned to a College at the University of Cambridge.
When completing the Applicant Portal, applicants must indicate two College choices (first and reserve). When selecting College preference, prospective students should take a look at the College’s webpage and think about factors such as the College’s location i.e. close to the city centre and consider options such as whether academics in the Faculty have affiliation at their College of choice. The majority of Colleges have undergraduate and postgraduate students. Please note that some Colleges only admit postgraduate students such as Wolfson and Darwin and a few Colleges only admit female students such as Newnham and Murray Edwards.
Please refer to the website below on the Graduate Admissions website on College Membership:
All applicants are advised to ensure that the prospective supervisor whom they wish to work with is available i.e. not on sabbatical leave in the year which they wish to undertake the MPhil or PhD. All applicants should check the Faculty's website and with the prospective supervisor to ensure that they will be available: