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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. 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
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
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Primarily a training in research but also designed to complement and complete undergraduate study in Classics, teaching for this course is provided in the form of seminars, lectures, classes and individual supervised study. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more