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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


The University's next virtual Open Days are scheduled for 13th - 26th September, 2021

As part of these, the Faculty will hold an online Question & Answer session on Thursday, 16th September. To book for this session and for further information go to

Our courses in Middle Eastern Studies and East Asian studies are about much more than learning a language, although that's an important part of what we do. You will learn

  • to speak, write and understand the Middle Eastern or East Asian language(s) of your choice from scratch
  • to understand and appreciate other cultures, enabling you to specialise in areas of literary, linguistic, cultural or historical interest as you progress through your degree
  • to think in a different way, challenging preconceptions and approaching problems with an open mind
  • to think critically and communicate your ideas effectively
  • to research effectively, using a range of evidence to support your arguments
  • to write well and present with confidence

You can specialise in one language and the in depth cultural study of related interests.

Or, in the case of Middle Eastern Studies, you can choose to combine:

  • two languages offered by the Faculty, or
  • a Middle Eastern language with a modern language offered by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages & Linguistincs (MMLL). You are expected to know your MMLL language to at least A level standard