MA Ancient Near Eastern Languages SOAS University of London

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. 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. 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.

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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. 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.

Aims

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Subject specific skills (language): deeper understanding and wider experience of Akkadian language and other languages already acquired, as appropriate (e.g. Sumerian, Hittite); sound basic knowledge of languages studied for the first time, as appropriate (e.g. Sumerian, Hittite).
  • Subject specific skills (other): ability to utilize written documentation to reconstruct cultural background, e.g. interpreting literature as a product of its civilization, understanding monumental inscriptions as royal artefacts and analysing documentary texts as witnesses of social and economic history.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • Students should become precise and cautious in their assessment of evidence, and to understand through practice what documents can and cannot tell us.
    Students should question interpretations, however authoritative, and reassess evidence for themselves.

Subject-based practical skills

  • Communicating effectively in writing.
  • Retrieving, sifting and selecting information from a variety of sources.
  • Listening and discussing ideas introduced during classes and seminars.
  • Ability to plan and execute set tasks efficiently.
  • Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institute.

Transferrable skills

  • Writing good essays and dissertations.
    Structuring and communicating ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Understanding unconventional ideas.
  • Studying a variety of written and digital materials, in libraries and research institutes, of a kind they will not have used as undergraduates.
  • Presenting (non–assessed) material orally.

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  to the value of 90 credits

Year 1 Alternate

Choose from the List of Modules to the value of 60 credits

Year 2

Choose a module from the List of Modules  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  to the value of 30 credits

PLUS

Choose a module from the List of Modules  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

With a student population of around 4,000 from over 100 countries, our relatively small size ensures that we offer a friendly and welcoming environment while at the same time being able to take advantage of all University of London facilities.

  • International class
  • International faculty
  • International study tours
  • Issuance of foreign diploma and certifications

The role of the Student Recruitment is to provide information, advice and guidance about studying at SOAS to prospective students, educational representatives, universities and schools both in the UK and overseas.

Criteria for assessing applications:
  • CV Screening
  • Motivation letter
  • References
  • Language test and/or interview

A score of 90/110 for Italian students, or above.A certified English language test.

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.

Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor
Maximum number of students admitted: 2500
Please see our website for eligibility criteria.
Cost of the master: Not declared
Scholarships available
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  • Housing capacity 1000
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