SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Certificate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

duration:
One year full-time; Two or three years part-time

2018 Entry requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the ability to demonstrate the potential to study at undergraduate level. However, programmes may have their own specific requirements, such as, in the case of language-based studies, a proven ability to learn a language.

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Overview

The Certificate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies is based on the first year of the BA programme in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ANES).

Full-time syllabus (one year):

Where the course is taken full-time, in one year, the student normally takes an introductory course in Akkadian (Babylonian and Assyrian) in the cuneiform script, a course in the literature of the Middle East at SOAS, and two UCL units, typically modules in the Archaeology and History of south-west Asia.

Part-time syllabus

Where the course is taken part-time, over two or three years, the student has the option of taking a more intensive language-learning programme. Part-time programmes can be built out of the following first and second-year units:

Normally two units are taken in the first year of the part-time syllabus.

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Structure

Programme Structure

The Certificate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies is based on the first year of the BA programme in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ANES).

Students can choose to study full time (one year) or part time (two or three years). 4 units must be undertaken and passed to gain the certificate. Generally, 2 units are taken at SOAS and 2 units are taken at UCL.

NB: The SOAS unit Introductory Sumerian cannot be taken together with the UCL unit HEBR7604 Sumerian language. The SOAS unit Sumerian texts I cannot be taken with the UCL unit HEBR7606 Intermediate Sumerian.

UCL Units
Full-time syllabus (one year)

Possible units include;

  • Introductory units in Sumerian or Hebrew
  • Western Asiatic Archaeology
Part-time syllabus

Possible units include;

  • UCL HEBR1005 Introduction to classical Hebrew
  • UCL ARCL1009 Peoples and societies of the ancient Near East (0.5 unit)
  • UCL ARCL1011 Texts in archaeology (0.5 unit)
  • UCL HEBR7606 Intermediate Sumerian
  • UCL HEBR7604 Sumerian language
SOAS Units
Full-time syllabus (one year)

Students normally take these SOAS units;

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introductory Akkadian 155900426 30 Full Year
Literatures of the Near and Middle East 155900991 30 Full Year
Part-time syllabus (two or three years)

Possible units include;

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Introductory Akkadian 155900426 30 Full Year
Additional Akkadian 155900871 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Akkadian Texts 1 155900937 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Introductory Sumerian 155900103 30 Full Year
Sumerian Texts 1 155900104 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Courses are taught during the day. Teaching begins in late September. Examinations are in May-June.

Modules in Akkadian and Sumerian are taught by Andrew George and Mark Weeden, Modules in Hittite are taught by Mark Weeden. Students can also take History Modules at UCL taught by Eleanor Robson and Yağmur Heffron, or relevant Archaeology Modules taught in UCL Institute of Archaeology, as well as Hebrew in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. 

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