Assyriology (research)

Explore the rich history of ancient Mesopotamia alongside top researchers in the field. Join the two-year MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations (research) specialisation in Assyriology (research) at Leiden University to explore Assyriology in the broadest sense. Apply multidisciplinary perspectives to gain a comprehensive understanding of the various civilisations employing the cuneiform script for different languages – all under the guidance of top academics.

Choose a Master’s in Assyriology Research at Leiden University

  • Learn from and alongside renowned scholars who are experts in the languages and cultures of the Ancient Near East and actively engaged in a variety of research projects connected to the syllabus of the programme.
  • Study through the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO), giving you access to a library reputed to have one of the finest collections of books and journals on Mesopotamia and Anatolia in the world, as well as a world-class collection of original cuneiform documents from all periods of Mesopotamian history.
  • Customise your degree by creating your own combination of courses from other research master’s programmes within the Faculties of the Humanities and Archaeology with courses from Assyriology.
  • Get access to other cutting-edge research projects currently under way in other parts of the world during an exchange programme at one of our partner universities such as Cambridge, Münster, or Heidelberg.

You have the opportunity to combine MA Linguistics courses in Hittite and Luwian with courses from Assyriology, giving you a complete programme in Hittite and Anatolian Studies – and similarly with courses from the specialisation Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology.

Leiden’s Assyriology programmes have gained international recognition through projects such as the Altbabylonische Briefe in Umschrift und Übersetzung series, which consist of a corpus of epistolary texts from the Old Babylonian period. You will be learning from acclaimed academics immersed in the latest research and engaged in actively expanding our knowledge of the field.

It is also possible to study Assyriology within the one-year Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilisations. 

Check out the programme in Assyriology.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Classics and Ancient Civilisations (research)
  • Degree Master of Arts in Classics and Ancient Civilisations (research)
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60039

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