MA Ancient Near Eastern Languages

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time


The SOAS MA in Ancient Near Eastern Languages offers an intensive programme of text-reading and language-learning for those who already have a good knowledge of the Akkadian language - usually at least two years' experience - as well as those who are starting the language for the first time. The degree is intended to widen the student's experience in the vast legacy of written documentation in Akkadian and other languages from ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia, or to provide an intensive introduction to these.

The programme is tailor-made to serve as an intermediate level between SOAS's three-year BA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (or equivalent qualification) and postgraduate Assyriological research at the level of MPhil and PhD. It can, of course, be taken for its own sake.

Structure

Students either take 90 credits in Year 1 and 30 credits in Year 2 or 60 credits in each year. The dissertation must be taken in the second year

  • Year 1: Choose from the List of Modules below to the value of 90 credits
  • Year 1 Alternate: Choose from the List of Modules below to the value of 60 credits
  • Year 2: Choose a module from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits
    or
    Choose a module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits
  • Year 2 Alternate: Choose a module from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits
    plus
    Choose a module from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits
    or
    Choose a module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits

Dissertation

Students must take the Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Ancient Near Eastern Languages

List of Modules (subject to availability)

At SOAS (NB: modules run in alternating years)

  • Introductory Akkadian (Masters)
  • Introductory Sumerian (Masters)
  • Introductory Hittite (Masters)
  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature A: the third Millennium BC
  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature B: the second Millenium BC
  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature C: the first Millenium BC

Students may, if qualified, take 30 credits from the following MA programmes run by UCL:

  • Hebrew and other North-West Semitic languages (from MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies)
  • Ancient history, currently "Change and Continuity in the Ancient Near East" (from MA in Ancient History)
  • Archaeology (from MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East)

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one-year diploma before entering the master's programme. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

Interview Policy: Candidates will normally be interviewed.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Sep 2019

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