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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


One of the joys of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is the range and variety of what we cover. The diversity of language and cultural courses on offer are enhanced by the ability:

  • to combine Middle Eastern language courses with modern language courses offered by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages & Linguistics (MMLL).
  • to combine Middle Eastern language courses.
  • to borrow specific courses offered by other Faculties and Departments.
  • to learn Hindi and Sanskrit (Middle Eastern Studies) or Korean (Japanese) during your degree.



  • It is usually possible to combine any two Middle Eastern languages ie Arabic, Hebrew and Persian. Combining Arabic and Hebrew, for example, is an excellent way to get a comprehensive view on the Middle Eastern region.
  • It is possible to combine Arabic, Hebrew or Persian with specific languages from MMLL. In the first year, your study will be split roughly evenly across each language. After this you may choose to specialise as you wish. You may drop your MML language at the end of your first year. If you choose to continue with both languages, you may drop either at the end of your second year. Remember that you will be expected to have an A-level qualification or equivalent in your MMLL language choice.
  • If you combine with MML, you will spend at least eight months of your year abroad in the Middle East. 
  • Persian must be combined with one other language (Arabic, Hebrew or a European languge) in years 1 and 2.
  • You cannot combine an East Asian language (Chinese or Japanese) with Arabic, Persian, Hebrew or a language offered by MMLL
  • It is not usually possible to combine Chinese and Japanese. In rare cases, this may be allowed if students can show an appropriate level of aptitude and commitment. If you are interested in combining Chinese and Japanese, you must speak with the relevant Faculty members who will assess whether it is advisable for you to do so



In addition to the combinations above, it is possible to "borrow" a limited number of specified papers from other Departments or Faculties eg Linguistics (MMLL), Divinity or Politics and International Studies. These vary year on year.