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About Ancient Languages
Masters degrees in Ancient Languages involve advanced study of the origins, development and uses of both extinct and living historical languages, and their relation to modern languages.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Classics, Ancient History, and Palaeoanthropology. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Archaeology, Anthropology or History.
Studies in Ancient Languages may cover a huge geographical area and time span. As such, courses in this field are extremely diverse, and offer a broad range of specialisations for you to choose from.
For example, you might wish to focus specifically on the Indo-European Languages, and how they were the basis for Romance languages such as Italian and French, and the Germanic languages such as English and German.
You might wish to explore the ancient literary traditions of Near Eastern languages, from engraving, to manuscripts and even oral traditions. You could also explore the religious significance of certain languages, such as the role of Latin in the spread of Christianity.
Careers in this field may include roles in heritage management such as archiving or curating on behalf of museums and heritage sites. You might also branch into academia and publishing, or journalism.
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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.
Combining the best of traditional classics with innovative research, this new MRes allows you to engage critically with the texts and lived experience of Greek and Roman antiquity, as well as the ways in which later societies have received and used the classical past.
The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Latin provide a self-contained period of structured but challenging study for anyone who wishes to pursue their interest in Latin language and literature.
This MPhil caters both for beginners in Akkadian and those with some previous knowledge of the language. A demanding course, this MPhil delivers competence in language and specialist knowledge of culture and history over a relatively short time.
The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Ancient Greek provide a self-contained period of structured but challenging study for anyone who wishes to pursue their interest in Ancient Greek language and literature.
The Warburg Institute MA in Cultural and Intellectual History aims to equip students for interdisciplinary research in Medieval and Renaissance studies and in the reception of the classical tradition.
This is a two-year programme, designed to provide graduates with in-depth study of a range of areas within the field of Classics, and with the skills necessary for carrying out research in one or more classical disciplines.
The Arabic Studies pathway is a one-year research course, for highly motivated students who wish to pursue an extended research project on some aspect of Arabic Studies, classical or modern.
The MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Hebrew Studies) is a one-year research Masters which gives graduate students an opportunity to pursue an extended research project on some aspect of Hebrew Studies.
The MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies) is a one-year research course, for highly motivated students who wish to pursue an extended research project in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, using Arabic and/or Persian sources.
This MPhil is appropriate for students who are prepared for graduate work and who wish to undertake research in Egyptology, but who need further training in either the language(s) or the archaeology of the region.
This MA enables students to explore and examine the rich tradition of early Irish literature and intellectual culture, from the early medieval period and the advent of Christianity until the coming of the Normans at the end of the 12th century.
Our degree programmes cover the histories, systems of belief and thought in Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East. Approaching our subject from the perspective of Asia and Africa, we explore in depth the dynamic histories and religions of these regions from a non-western-centric framework.