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Languages and Cultures of Mesopotamia and Anatolia

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12 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

Leiden University is a pre-eminent location to study the ancient Middle Eastern cultures that used the cuneiform script—invented pre-3000 BC—as a writing system.

Leiden's Mesopotamian and Anatolian studies programmes have gained international recognition, through such projects as the Altbabylonische Briefe in Umschrift und Übersetzung series, which consist of a corpus of epistolary texts from the Old Babylonian period. As well as having access to renowned scholars and research projects, you will also have the opportunity to follow research programmes at various top-flight universities outside the Netherlands—including Leuven, Cambridge, Münster, and Heidelberg—with which regular exchanges take place.

The aim of the programme is to ensure you graduate with insight into—and an understanding of—the language, culture and archaeology of your chosen sub-sector within Mesopotamia and Anatolia. You will acquire the skills necessary to work independently, formulate clear and substantiated arguments, as well as understand the academic and societal relevance of your specialisation.

Admission requirements

Previous education

Sufficient reading and translation skills in the language(s) essential within the track to be followed.

Knowledge minimum

BA degree or its equivalent in the fields of Assyriology, Hittitology or Archaeology of Mesopotamia or Anatolia (see website www.mastersinleiden.nl).

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL paper based: 570, TOEFL computer based: 230, TOEFL internet based: 88

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