Research course

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

University of Cambridge · Department of East Asian Studies

Entry requirements

The Faculty offers two postgraduate degrees, a 1-Year MPhil and the PhD. Applicants to these programmes require a high 2:1 at BA level from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas university, but entrance is at the discretion of the Degree Committee, which judges each applicant on his or her own merits and in accordance with its own supervisory capacity. Prospective graduate students must have a working knowledge of the language relevant to the area in which they wish to study.

PhD in Aramaic Studies PhD in Chinese Studies PhD in East Asian Studies PhD in Hebrew Studies PhD in Japanese Studies PhD in Persian Studies PhD in Ottoman Studies PhD in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies PhD in South Asian Studies 1-Year MPhil in Japanese Studies - only offered by research (not a taught MPhil)

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

ARAMAIC+SYRIAC STUDIES:Aramaic and Philology;Targum; Neo-Aramaic dialects.CHINESE STUDIES:Classical and Modern Chinese languages;Chinese literature;Philosophy;History and Linguistics.HEBREW STUDIES:Biblical;Post-Biblical; Medieval and Modern Hebrew literature and Philology;Ancient versions of the Hebrew Bible.MIDDLE EASTERN+ISLAMIC STUDIES:Contemporary Politics and Society of the Middle East;Islamic History and International History;Classical and Modern Arabic and Persian literature; Ottoman and Turkish History.JAPANESE STUDIES:Classical and Modern Japanese language and literature;Religion and thought;Cultural History and the history of the book;Modern Japanese Society;History and Politics.SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES:Classical and Modern South Asian languages;Textual and oral traditions;Literatures;Cultural history;Philosophy and Religion.

Department specialisms

Aramaic Studies; Chinese Studies; East Asian Studies; Hebrew Studies; Japanese Studies; Ottoman Studies; Persian Studies; Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; South Asian Studies.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will need to have either an IELTS minimum score of 7.5 overall (with 7.0 in each element); or a TOEFL minimum score of 620 or 260 in the computer-based test; or 110 in iBT, plus 5.0 TWE.

Fees and funding

Please check the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies website for further details about funding and also the Board of Graduate Studies website:

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months


full time
11 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administration Office
+44 (0) 1223 335108
+44 (0) 1223 335110