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Ancient Near Eastern Languages, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #288 (QS) ,
The Ancient Near Eastern Languages programme offered by SOAS University of London 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 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 Ancient Near Eastern Languages programme offered by SOAS University of London 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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature A: the third millennium
  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature B: the second millenium BC
  • Mesopotamian Languages and Literature C: the first millenium bc
  • Introductory Akkadian
  • Introductory Hittite
  • Introductory Sumerian

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity Part-time
            • Average part-time duration 24 months
            • Intensity Flexible
          • Credits
            90 alternative credits
            • 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.
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

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          • Minimum required score:


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          Academic Requirements

          You need the following GPA score:

          Required score: Upper Second Class

          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

          Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

          • 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.

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            19930 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 19930 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
          • EU/EEA

            9685 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 9685 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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          Living costs for London

          • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
            Living Costs

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