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Cuneiform and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Mres

Cuneiform and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Mres

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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Paleography Asian Studies

Course type

Research

Course Summary

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 combines a 20,000-word research thesis, supervised by a specialist in the field of study, with research training and taught elements. Times Higher Education ranked the department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology in the top five departments of Classics in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise.

MRes programmes offer a unique opportunity to deepen and develop your knowledge of the subject by combining taught elements with research training and an individual research project. They can lead to doctoral research, and will also provide the chance for you to undertake scholarly research as an enrichment of undergraduate study or for career development purposes.

Your research will be supported by three taught modules. You will acquire a knowledge of the two key languages of the Ancient Near East, Sumerian and Akkadian, which will enable you to work with texts in the original. A research training module equips you for your thesis by allowing you to develop a range of specialised and generic skills, including textual criticism, document handling, literary theory, information resources, thesis presentation and bibliographical management.

Students will be able to draw on a wide range of academic expertise in the history, culture, and languages of the ancient world. 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 lively 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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

21-SEP-20

Modules

This module ensures that students across the range of sub-disciplines in Classics and Ancient History acquire the necessary generic and specific skills needed for further research. These will include advanced bibliographic skills, familiarity with theoretical and critical approaches and schools of thought, technical skills such as techniques of epigraphy or numismatics where appropriate. Delivery will take place in seminar formats, with sub-disciplines offering different break-out sessions as needed.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£6,120

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£17,880

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students should have a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK. Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements.

University information

Part of the Russell Group of UK universities, the University of Birmingham has been developing great minds, encouraging challenging debates and pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence for over 100 years. Over 14,000 students from over 150 countries choose to study at Birmingham, meaning you will be part of a diverse and vibrant community. 40% of this student population are postgraduates. Birmingham understands that you want to...more

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