SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

During this course, students will learn: how to assess data and evidence critically from manuscripts and digital sources, solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations, locate materials, use research sources (particularly research library catalogues) and other relevant traditional sources. They should become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence, and to understand through practice what documents can and cannot tell us.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,685 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,685 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £19,930 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,843 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,843 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,965 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to hold a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). NB: Due to its part-time nature, this programme is currently not available to students requiring a Tier 4 visa.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.