MA Ancient Near Eastern Languages

Programme Code: Q9S1

Duration: Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) plus knowledge of Akkadian. NB: Due to its part-time nature, this programme is currently not available to students requiring a Tier 4 visa

Interview Policy: Candidates will normally be interviewed

Start of programme: September intake only

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 an equivalent qualification) and postgraduate Assyriological research at the level of MPhil and PhD. It can, of course, be taken for its own sake.


Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, 90 credits are from the approved list of options below and a further 30 credits may be selected from this list or from the open options list.

At SOAS (NB: modules run in alternating years).

Instead of one of these SOAS modules, students may, if qualified, take one of the following topics from MA programmes run by University College London:

  • Hebrew and other North-West Semitic languages (MA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies)
  • Ancient history, currently Change and Continuity in the Ancient Near East (MA in Ancient History, 91AHG003)
  • Archaeology (MA in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East)

Not all the modules listed are available every year. Entry to modules run by University College is subject to the approval of the academic department in question (the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the Department of History, and the Institute of Archaeology).

Compulsory Dissertation

Students must take the Dissertation.

Approved list of options

Students must take 90 credits from the list below.

  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature A: the third millennium 15PNMC021 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature B: the second millennium BC 15PNMC022 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature C: the first millennium bc 15PNMC023 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Introductory Akkadian (Masters) 15PNMC404 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introductory Hittite (Masters) 15PNMC428 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Introductory Sumerian (Masters) 15PNMC429 (30 credits) Full Year

Optional Module

Students take a further 30 credits from the list above or from the open options list.

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Last updated January 22, 2019
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9,225 GBP
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