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MRes Cuneiform and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

MRes Cuneiform and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Paleography Asian Studies

Course type


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

Full time | Edgbaston Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module offers beginning instruction in the Old Babylonian dialect of Akkadian as well as an extended introduction to the cuneiform writing system. MRes students enrolled in the module will be expected to master approximately 100 cuneiform signs and develop a solid knowledge of Akkadian grammar over the course of the year.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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.