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Cuneiform and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Mres

University of Birmingham

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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

  • Location

    Edgbaston Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

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.

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£ 17,880per year

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University information

University of Birmingham

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    5th out of 32 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    161 80%

    6th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    19th

    5

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