Lucy Cavendish has a small but supportive Asian and Middle Eastern Studies community, comprising around five Bachelors, Masters, and PhD students.

The BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is a flexible degree course, and offers the opportunity to study one or two languages from Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese or Persian, as well as combining some of these with a modern European language. AMES graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in a variety of fields, including banking, commerce, journalism and the Civil Service.

Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • No subject-specific entrance requirements for AMES
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable
  • Candidates who wish to combine AMES with a European language will need an A Level, or equivalent qualification, in that language.  All other candidates for AMES must demonstrate an ability for language learning in their application.

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
  • Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview. This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section here.

Director of Studies

Dr Qian Kan

Dr Qian Kan is Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Head of Chinese in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at The Open University (UK). She also teaches MA in Translation and English for Academic Purposes courses. Before joining The Open University in January 2009, she taught Modern Chinese language in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for 11 years. She became Senior Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy in 2015. She joined Lucy Cavendish College in October 1997 as a member of the Combination Room, and was appointed Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in October 2018. She is on the advisory committee of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society.

Dr Kan’s research focuses on the use of technologies for the learning and teaching of languages, in particular, mobile-assisted language learning and application design, language learning strategies, interactions on online discussion forums, eTandem learning and online language learning design including MOOC design.