MRes Cuneiform and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

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This programme provides an introduction to the Akkadian and Sumerian languages and to the cuneiform script within the context of the history and culture of the Ancient Near East. It comprises a major individual research project, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, and taught modules.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Combined research and taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Start date: September

Details

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.

Modules

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

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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.

Entry requirements

Applicants will typically have a background in studying the history of this era.

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International students

Academic 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

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Learning and teaching

For some topics research work in a museum with Ancient Near Eastern holdings may be possible.

You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Graduates with a postgraduate degree in Classics and Ancient History can boast a wide combination of skills that can be applied in many types of work and which employers regard very positively. That’s why historically, over 92% of our postgraduates have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.