The programme is made up of 60 credits of taught modules (see the modules section below) and 120 credits achieved through a 20,000 word supervised research project on an Ancient Near Eastern topic. We recommend that you discuss your proposed research project with a potential supervisor before applying.
During this programme you will acquire a knowledge of the two key languages of the Ancient Near East, Sumerian and Akkadian, that will enable you to work with texts in the original. Instruction in some of the lesser known languages of the Ancient Near East may also be provided, as well as comparative Semitics, and seminar work on the history and culture of the Ancient Near East is available as an option.
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time
Learn more about fees and funding.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
University of Birmingham graduates - including those due to graduate in summer 2014 - may be entitled to a fee reduction through the College of Arts and Law Alumni Bursary scheme.
Applicants will typically have a background in studying the history of this era.
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
How to apply
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages