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Studying Mesopotamia at Cambridge

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Undergraduate Studies

From October 2017, Assyriology and Mesopotamian Archaeology will be taught within the University's Archaeology "Tripos" (i.e. degree) - UCAS code V400.

The Assyriology course allows students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the languages, literature, history and archaeology of ancient Mesopotamia.

Assyriology is a three-year course, with choices in the 1st year including Introductory Akkadian and a survey of Mesopotamian and Egyptian archaeology and history. The 2nd and 3rd years lead to more advanced Akkadian, Sumerian, and options in Mesopotamian archaeology, culture and history.

It is also possible to combine Assyriology with Egyptology at Parts I and II as a joint degree.

For more details, please see the undergraduate pages.

Contact: Dr Martin Worthington - .

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Graduate Studies

The 1-year M.Phil in Assyriology aims both to introduce students with little or no previous experience of the subject to the study of ancient Mesopotamia and to allow those already with some knowledge of the region's archaeology, culture, or languages to enhance this by studying one or more aspects to greater depth.

The 1-year M.Phil in Archaeology includes the option to specialise in Mesopotamian Archaeology, without the languages, for students interested in archaeological theory and practice.

The 1-year M.Phil in Archaeological Research (assessed by a research paper and a 25.000 word dissertation) is also an option for students with a good prior background in Assyriology or Mesopotamian Archaeology and who have already identified an independent research project.

The PhD at Cambridge is a 3-year degree, and doctoral students should be in a position to begin independent research on a well-defined topic at the beginning of their course.

For more details, please see the graduate pages.

Contact: Dr Martin Worthington -  

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