Taught course

Assyriology

Institution
University of Cambridge · Division of Archaeology
Qualifications
MPhil

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree or its international equivalent. Applications for the MPhil in Assyriology are considered as they are received on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as programmes have a limited number of places each year.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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. All MPhil students in the Division of Archaeology take a Research Skills Module and write a dissertation (15,000 words maximum).

The MPhil in Assyriology also includes three taught modules, chosen in consultation with the supervisor according to the student's interests. The student's first choice must be a language course. The student's second and third modules can be chosen from the modules listed below, and with the consent of the module's instructor and the MPhil in Assyriology Coordinator one of these may be any other appropriate MPhil module offered in the Division of Archaeology. Modules typically offered include:

  • Akkadian (Akkadian language and texts or Advanced Akkadian language and texts)
  • Sumerian language and texts (Sumerian is only available to those with some previous knowledge of Akkadian).
  • Mesopotamian culture (Mesopotamian literature or Mesopotamian scholarship & religion)
  • Archaeology of Mesopotamia (Archaeology of Mesopotamia: Early period to 2000 BC or Archaeology of Mesopotamia: Late period, 2000-539 BC)
  • Topics in Mesopotamian history and archaeology
  • Any other appropriate MPhil module taught in the Division of Archaeology, consent of the module's instructor and the MPhil in Assyriology Coordinator.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

full time
11 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Admissions
Email
graduate.admissions@admin.cam.ac.uk
Phone
+44 1223 337733