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MPhil Cuneiform Studies

Catalog id : TP_OS6G1
 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1.75 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
17555 GBP
National
6550 GBP
EU
6550 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Faculty of Oriental Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
2

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About this course

This MPhil in Cuneiform Studies is designed to function as a self-contained course in its own right that will provide a satisfying and advanced study of the languages, culture and history of ancient Mesopotamia.

  • If you have a Cuneiform background, you will be able to build on your previous studies and gain specialised expertise.
  • If you have graduated in another discipline, you will be able to convert to Cuneiform studies through a course that offers a progression from beginning the Akkadian and Sumerian languages to individual research.
  • The course will provide the opportunity to develop a research area of your choice and elements of the course will be tailored to your individual interests.

Graduate destinations

  • Oriental studies graduates have found employment in many diverse fields including business, finance law, civil service, journalism, government and industry.
  • Many graduates have also undertaken further research into subjects linked with Oriental studies and have pursued successful careers in the academic world, education and in museums.

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Eligibility Criteria

1. Academic ability

Proven and potential academic excellence

  • Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any subject.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.
  • You will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of French and German by the end of the first year of the course.
  • No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

References/letters of recommendation 

  • Your references will support intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation, and fitness for chosen course of study.
  • Whilst it is appreciated that obtaining academic references will be difficult for some candidates, academic references are requested because it is necessary to establish whether a candidate is intellectually prepared for a course.
  • It is unlikely that this is something that can be established from a professional or personal reference, so you should only submit such references if there is absolutely no alternative.

 Written work produced by the student

Two pieces of written work of up to 2,000 words are required and should be in English only.

This will be assessed for:

  • comprehensive understanding of the subject area
  • understanding of problems in the area
  • ability to construct and defend an argument
  • powers of analysis 
  • powers of expression
  • clarity and accuracy of thought and writing
  • conceptual sophistication
  • critical skill
  • control of relevant primary and secondary sources
  • presentation of material in the appropriate scholarly form.

Statement of purpose/personal statement

A statement of purpose should be a maximum of three pages in length (including any bibliography). The statement should be in English only.

This will be assessed for:

  • your reasons for applying, especially to Oxford
  • evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study 
  • commitment to the subject
  • preliminary knowledge of research techniques
  • capacity for sustained and intense work at a high intellectual level
  • reasoning ability
  • ability to absorb new ideas at a rapid pace.

English Language Requirement:

Tests:

IELTS Academic

  • Minimum Score: 7.0
  • Minimum 6.5 per component

TOEFL iBT:

  • Minimum Score: 100
  • Minimum component scores: Listening (22), Reading (24),Speaking (25), Writing (24)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CPE taken before Jan 2015: Grade C

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE):

  • Minimum Score: 185
  • Minimum 176 per component
  • CAE taken before Jan 2015:Grade B

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Course Modules

  • The study of Akkadian and Sumerian, the two principal ancient languages of Mesopotamia, lies at the heart of the course.
  • The principal focus throughout is on detailed familiarity with the primary sources, studied in the original languages and scripts.
  • The course is designed to equip you with a sound knowledge of Akkadian and Sumerian grammar, vocabulary, and cuneiform script, as well as developing your ability to tackle published, but unedited Cuneiform texts.
  • The Cuneiform world is also studied in a wider context. Options include the Egyptian, Biblical, and Classical worlds, as well as the later Near East.
  • The MPhil thesis will provide you with the opportunity to identify and design a cuneiform-related research project and to develop advanced research skills.

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How to Apply

The set of materials you should send with an application to this MPhil comprises:

  • a statement of purpose/personal statement, of up to three pages in length
  • a CV/résumé
  • three academic references
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date
  • two relevant academic essays or other writing samples from your most recent qualification of 2,000 words each, or 2,000-word extracts of longer work, ideally related to your proposed area of study.

Whilst you must register three referees, the department may start the assessment of your application if two of the three references are submitted by the course deadline and your application is otherwise complete. Please note that you may still be required to ensure your third referee supplies a reference for consideration.

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