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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. Read more
The MA in Classics delivers deep and evocative teaching of Greek and Latin language, literature and civilisation. As a Classics student, you will develop sophisticated reading skills in ancient languages as well as an ability to apply them to the most profound and important literary texts from the ancient world. Read more
This two-year English Language Master’s Degree course in Mediterranean History, Archaeology and Art is offered by the Department of Humanities, recognized as a Department of Excellence by the Italian Ministry of Education for 2018-2022 and ranked top 30 in 2018 QS World Ranking for subject Classics & Ancient History. Read more
Students in this two-year program study Biblical Hebrew and Akkadian; engage in the critical study of Biblical texts; learn about the Bible in its immediate regional context; acquire a sound knowledge of the history and culture of the Ancient Near East; and take courses in biblical archaeology and philology. Read more
On this course, you will gain substantial research experience, working alongside our leading subject specialists. You will engage with a broad range of research methods, including some of the most influential theoretical positions and methodologies in classical scholarship and academic enquiry. Read more
This MPhil in Cuneiform Studies is designed to function as a self-contained course in its own right that will provide a satisfying and advanced study of the languages, culture and history of ancient Mesopotamia. Read more
The MPhil in Eastern Christian Studies is a two-year degree which is intended to give you experience in reading and interpreting a wide range of Eastern Christian texts in one of three options - Greek, Armenian with Greek, or Syriac with Greek. Read more
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. Read more
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 the language and specialist knowledge of culture and history over a relatively short time. Read more
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. Read more