University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus 2015 entry



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Oriental Studies


Arabic, Chinese, Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Hebrew Studies, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Persian, Sanskrit, Turkish

A BA in 3 or 4 years (see individual subjects)

UCAS codes: see tables below

Course statistics for 2013 entry


Interviewed: 86%

Successful: 32%

Intake: 48

Entrance requirements


A-levels: AAA

Advanced Highers: AA/AAB

IB: 39 (including core points) with 666 at HL

Or any other equivalent

Students are not expected to have studied any Oriental language before. A language to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent can be helpful to students in completing this course, although they are not required for admission.

How to apply (see page 118) [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]


Tests: For Arabic/Hebrew/Persian/ Turkish options only: OLAT on 5 November 2014

Written Work: Two pieces


Tuition Fees for 2014


Home/EU: £9,000/year

No upfront costs: you can get a loan for the full amount

Grants, bursaries and scholarships available

More on student finance: p 120 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]

The year abroad has lower fees.

More Information


www.orinst.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1865 278312



undergraduate.admissions@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Oxford Open days


2 and 3 July, and 19 September 2014 ox.ac.uk/opendays

What is Oriental Studies?


Among subjects in the humanities, Oriental Studies is unique in introducing students to civilisations that are radically different from the Western ones that form the basis of the curriculum in most British schools and colleges. The courses present both the major traditions of the regions studied and, in most cases, their modern developments. All courses include language, literature, history and culture, and there is a wide range of options in such fields as art and archaeology, history, literature, philosophy, religion and modern social studies.

Oriental Studies at Oxford


Oriental Studies has a long history in Oxford. The Bodleian and other libraries have acquired magnificent collections. The Oriental Institute, Institute for Chinese Studies, Bodleian Japanese and Indian Institute Libraries offer loan collections in their respective fields. Adjacent to the Oriental Institute is the Ashmolean Museum, which houses superb collections. The Sackler Library includes the principal library for Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

Work placements/international opportunities


Most courses offer the opportunity to spend time in the region being studied. The Arabic course includes a year in the Middle East, the Persian and Turkish courses a year in Iran or Turkey respectively, and the Hebrew course an optional year in Israel. The Chinese and Japanese courses also include a year in China and Japan respectively.

What are tutors looking for?


For information about the selection criteria please see: ox.ac.uk/criteria.

Related courses


Students interested in this course might also like to consider Classics, Modern Languages, Theology and Religion or History of Art.

Careers


A degree in Oriental Studies is not a vocational degree, but a wide range of employers appreciate the skills our graduates gain from their studies. Career options exist in finance, the media, commerce, the Civil Service, law, accountancy and the arts. Around 30% of Oriental Studies graduates go on to further study.

Recent Oriental Studies graduates include Alex and Emma who both graduated with a BA (OS) Chinese. Alex has taken up a job with The Swire Group, whose core businesses are located in the Asia Pacific Region, and Emma is working as International Data and Support Assistant at the International Dunhuang Project, based at the British Library.

Andi, who graduated in 1996 with a BA (OS) in Japanese, is now Director, International Business Development at Ping Identity. He says: ‘My first job after graduating was with a small software company in Cambridge. I’ve since worked for two software start-ups, as well as much larger companies (through acquisition). My time at Oxford gave me a good foundation for the varied demands of both small and large companies, and the skills required to handle the constant change and learning required in the software industry. I’ve also had the opportunity to do business in Japan on several occasions through my career.’

Iason, who graduated in 2001 with a BA (OS) Arabic, is a photojournalist, film-maker and lecturer currently working for the UN in Libya. He says: I have lived in Cairo, Damascus, Sanaa and Tehran, and covered events like the 2011 Arab revolts and the Greek economic crisis. After studying for a Masters in Persian and Contemporary Iranian Studies, I was a Nieman fellow at Harvard.

For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].

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Beijing, Kobe & Oxford


Peking University hosts the year abroad for students of Chinese. The University of Kobe is our partner in the Kobe-Oxford Japanese Studies Programme.

Arabic and Islamic Studies (T601); Arabic with subsidiary language (T6T9); Persian with Islamic Art and Archaeology (QT46); Persian with Islamic Studies/History (QT96); Persian with subsidiary language (T6TX); Turkish (T600); Turkish with Islamic Art and Archaeology (TQP9); Turkish with subsidiary language (T6TY)

1st year

Courses

  • Elementary language

  • Islamic history and culture
Assessment

First University examinations after term 3: Three written papers; an oral exam, in Arabic

2nd year

Courses

Year abroad: approved course of language instruction
Assessment

Qualifying examination at the end of the course

3rd and 4th years

Courses

  • Core work on language and literature

  • History

  • Specialisation or subsidiary language
Assessment

Final University examinations: Oral exam and eight or nine written papers (one of which may be a thesis)

Chinese (T101)

1st year

Courses

  • Elementary language in classical and modern Chinese

  • History and culture
Assessment

First University examinations

2nd year

Courses

  • Year abroad at Peking University

3rd and 4th years

Courses

  • Extended language classes and historical study

  • Options: Ancient history; Literature; Modern society and politics; or subsidiary languages: Tibetan, Japanese or Korean
Assessment

Final University examinations: Oral examination; eight written papers; dissertation

Egyptology (Q400); Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Q401)

1st year

Courses

  • Broad survey of civilisations of Egypt and the Ancient Near East
Assessment

First University examinations: Four written papers

2nd year

Courses

  • Addition of second language, or Archaeology and Anthropology

  • Options: Akkadian, Egyptian, Arabic, Aramaic and Syriac, Archaeology, Classical Greek, Coptic, Hebrew (Biblical and Mishnaic), Old Iranian, Sumerian or Hittite (if available)

  • Literary and historical topics through study of texts and essay writing

  • Intensive class work

3rd year

Courses

  • Essay writing and dissertation work

  • Intensive classes in the first and second terms

  • Artefact classes
Assessment

Final University examinations: Ten units

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Hebrew Studies: (primarily languages, literature, culture and history) (Q480)

1st year

Courses

  • Intensive study in Hebrew language in all periods

  • Introduction to ancient and modern Jewish history
Assessment

First University examinations: Four written papers

2nd year

Courses

  • Handling Hebrew texts and developing knowledge of historical and cultural background

  • Choice of options from Jewish Studies

3rd and 4th years


3rd year can optionally be spent abroad
Courses

  • Texts

  • Historical and cultural background
Assessment

Final University examinations: Seven written papers; dissertation

4-year course only: oral examination


Japanese (T201)

1st year

Courses

  • Elementary Japanese language

  • History and culture
Assessment

First University examinations

2nd year

Courses

  • Year abroad at Kobe University
Assessment

Test at end of course

3rd and 4th years

Courses

  • Extended language classes

  • Options (five subjects to be chosen): Classical Literature; Modern Literature; Linguistics; History; Politics; Economics; additional language (counts as three subjects): either Chinese, Korean or Tibetan
Assessment

Final University examinations: Oral examination; eight written papers; dissertation.

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Jewish Studies: (primarily focused on the history, religion and culture of the Jews from biblical to modern times) (QV91)

1st year

Courses

  • Intensive study in Hebrew language in all periods

  • Introduction to ancient and modern Jewish history
Assessment

First University examinations: Four papers

2nd year

Courses

  • Options (three subjects to be chosen)

  • One tutorial a week, with essay

3rd year

Courses

Options (two subjects to be chosen)

One tutorial a week, with essay


Assessment

Final University examinations: Six written papers; dissertation

Sanskrit (Q450)

1st year

Courses

  • Intensive language teaching
Assessment

First University examinations

2nd year

Courses

  • Preparation for Final University examinations in final year

  • Study of Sanskrit grammar

  • Subsidiary language options: Hindi, Old Iranian, Pali, Prakrit and Tibetan

3rd year

Courses

  • Sanskrit literature

  • Special subject
Assessment

Final University examinations:

Nine papers: seven in Sanskrit and two in subsidiary languages


Student statement


When I come out of Oxford I’ll have a pretty good hold on Persian, and three ancient languages that I didn’t know at all before I came here. Fuchsia

listen to more at ox.ac.uk/courses

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