Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time
The Certificate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies is based on the first year of the BA programme in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ANES). If applicants plan to take the Certificate on a part-time basis from 2020 can you please contact the Programme Convenor.
Students study part-time (two or three years). 120 credits must be undertaken and passed to gain the certificate. Generally, modules to the value of 60 credits are taken at SOAS and modules to the value of 60 credits are taken at UCL.
The Certificate in Ancient Near Eastern Studies is based on the first year of the BA programme in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (ANES).
Students can choose to study full-time (one year) or part-time (two or three years). 4 modules must be undertaken and passed to gain the certificate. Generally, 2 modules are taken at SOAS and 2 modules are taken at UCL.
NB: The SOAS module Introductory Sumerian cannot be taken together with the UCL unit HEBR7604 Sumerian language.
Full-time syllabus (one year) or Part-time syllabus (two or three years)
Students normally take these SOAS modules:
Students must take the module below:
- Akkadian: The Language of Gilgamesh
Students may select from the list of SOAS options below:
- Literatures of the Near and Middle East
- Akkadian Texts 1
- Akkadian Texts 2
- Akkadian Texts 3
- Introductory Hittite
- Hittite Texts 1
- Introductory Sumerian
- Sumerian Texts 1
Students may select from the below modules at UCL, in as far as they are running (contact UCL for further information):
- UCL HEBR1005 Introduction to classical Hebrew
- UCL HEBR7003: Intermediate classical Hebrew
- UCL HEBR7601: North-West Semitic inscriptions
- UCL HEBR7603: Introduction to Ugaritic
- UCL HEBR1005: Introduction to classical Hebrew
- UCL HEBR7604 Sumerian language
- UCL ARCL2046: Introduction to Ancient Egyptian language
- UCL ARCL3101: Late Egyptian language and texts
- UCL ARCL3102: Coptic language and culture
- UCL ARCL3100: Old and Middle Egyptian texts
- UCL HIST0650: Babylon from Hammurabi to Alexander
- UCL HIST6111: Bronze Age States in the Ancient Middle East
- UCL HIST6112: Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
- UCL HIST6113: Texts in Archaeology
- Introductory units in Hebrew and other West Semitic languages
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.
Admissions and Applications
Applications are made directly to SOAS through the online application system, if you have any further questions please contact the Admissions Department.
The minimum entry requirement is the ability to demonstrate the potential to study at an undergraduate level. However, programmes may have their own specific requirements, such as, in the case of language-based studies, a proven ability to learn a language.
English Language Entry Requirements
You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.
For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.
If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.
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