The Certificate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies is based on the first year of the BA programme in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ANES). If applicants plan to take the Certificate on a part-time basis from 2018 can you please contact the Programme Convenor, Mark Weeden to discuss your options. There is a one year, full-time option available for entry in 2019.
Students study part time (two or three years). 120 credits must be undertaken and passed to gain the certificate. Generally, modules to the value of 60 credits are taken at SOAS and modules to the value of 60 credits are taken at UCL.
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time
- 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.
- One year full-time;
Two or three years part-time
- UK fees:
- Overseas fees:
Fees for 2021/22 entrants. 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 Undergraduate Tuition Fees page
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 modules must be undertaken and passed to gain the certificate. Generally, 2 modules are taken at SOAS and 2 modules are taken at UCL.
NB: The SOAS module Introductory Sumerian cannot be taken together with the UCL unit HEBR7604 Sumerian language.
Full-time syllabus (one year) or Part-time syllabus (two or three years)
Students normally take these SOAS modules:
Students must take the module below:
Students may select from the list of SOAS options below:
Students may select from the below modules at UCL, in as far as they are running (contact UCL for further information):
- UCL HEBR1005 Introduction to classical Hebrew (30 credits/1 unit)
- UCL HEBR7003: Intermediate classical Hebrew (30 credits/1 unit)
- UCL HEBR7601: North West Semitic inscriptions (30 credits/1 unit)
- UCL HEBR7603: Introduction to Ugaritic (30 credits/1 unit)
- UCL HEBR1005: Introduction to classical Hebrew (30 credits/1 unit)
- UCL HEBR7604 Sumerian language (30 credits/1 unit)
- UCL ARCL2046: Introduction to Ancient Egyptian language (15 credits/0.5 unit)
- UCL ARCL3101: Late Egyptian language and texts (15 credits/0.5 unit)
- UCL ARCL3102: Coptic language and culture (15 credits/0.5 unit)
- UCL ARCL3100: Old and Middle Egyptian texts (15 credits/0.5 unit)
- UCL HIST0650: Babylon from Hammurabi to Alexander (30 credits / 1unit)
- UCL HIST6111: Bronze Age States in the Ancient Middle East (30 credits/1 unit)
- UCL HIST6112: Introduction to Egypitan and Near Eastern Archaeology (15 credits / 0.5 units)
- UCL HIST6113: Texts in Archaeology (15 credits / 0.5 units)
- Introductory units in Hebrew and other West Semitic languages (contact UCL for details)
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
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.
Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.
Fees for 2021/22 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second & subsequent years of study will be higher. Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.
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For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
How to apply
Applications are made directly to SOAS through the online application system, if you have any further questions please contact the Admissions Department on firstname.lastname@example.org