SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

MA Ancient Near Eastern Languages

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

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 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

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Programme Code: Q9S1

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.




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.

The degree comprises four taught courses chosen from the MA list and a dissertation on an agreed subject. The courses that are available at SOAS in Akkadian, Sumerian and Hittite are in the list below.

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

Not all the courses listed are available every year. Entry to courses 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).

Courses avaliable at SOAS
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Mesopotamian Languages and Literature A: the third millennium 15PNMC021 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Mesopotamian Languages and Literature B: the second millenium BC 15PNMC022 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Mesopotamian Languages and Literature C: the first millenium bc 15PNMC023 1 Unit Full Year
Christians and Muslims in Syriac Texts 15PSRC175 1 Unit Full Year
Introductory Akkadian (Masters) 15PNMC404 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017

Programme Specification


Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Course Information

Courses are listed under the menu item Programme Structure on the left-hand side of this page. Each course is taught two or three hours weekly in small classes of usually one to five students. Courses in language and literature comprise the reading, translation and discussion of set texts. Thorough preparation is essential.


The dissertation will be on a topic agreed with the student's teachers and will extend to about 10,000 words. It may take the form of an extended essay on an approved topic or an edition with introduction and commentary of a previously unedited text or group of texts. The deadline for submission is 15 September in the year of examination.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738


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