M.A. On Campus


Eötvös Loránd University

24 months
4400 EUR/year
4400 EUR/year
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The Assyriology programme of Eötvös Loránd University offers students basic knowledge of the Akkadian and Sumerian language, and the cuneiform writing. 


The Assyriology programme of Eötvös Loránd University is offered by the Department of Assyriology and Hebrew Studies at the Faculty of Humanities is a two-year, full-time program lasting four semesters.

The students must also be familiar with the history and archaeology of ancient Mesopotamia. At the end of the program studens complete an MA dissertation. The staff at the department are specialized in the history and archaeology of ancient Assyria, in the economy and society of the Old-Babylonian period, and in the study of the Sumerian language and literature.

This program is recommended to applicants who would like to deepen their knowledge of Assyriology and consider pursuing an academic career in the field.

This program enables students to carry out research in Assyriology and prepares them for a PhD degree.

Strength of program

Most of the staff of the program have international experience. They have studied and/or worked in research projects abroad. The department has a joint excavation in Kurdistan with the Institute of Archeology at ELTE. Experience shows that graduating from our program is a very good starting point for doctoral or (at a later stage) postdoctoral studies, a number of our former MA students have acquired their PhD at foreign universities.

The leader of the program, Prof Zólyomi was a member the renowned Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature project at the University of Oxford. He is an internationally acknowledged expert in Sumerian grammar. Prof Dezső is a leading expert in the military history of ancient Mesopotamia, he has published a number of monographs on the Assyrian army.

Career paths

Students of Assyriology pursue as a rule a career of academic researcher or university instructor. Academic researchers work at institutes affiliated with universities or at museums housing collections of cuneiform texts.

Job examples

There exist several museums in Europe with substantial collections of cuneiform texts with a need of experts in Assyriology, e.g., Louvre (Paris), British Museum (London), Ashmolean Museum (Oxford).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Akkadian Texts
  • Sumerian Texts
  • Thematic Lecture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgement is only given for a BA degree in Ancient Languages and Cultures, Specialized in Assyriology.
  • Online application form
  • Secondary school certificate
  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • A maximum of 500 words. 
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer
  • Language certificate

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2200 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2200 EUR per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Budapest

172338 - 268251 HUF /month
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