Programme Assyriology

Graduates of the one-year Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Assyriology are ideally suited to pursue junior research positions both in academic and semi-academic working environments. They are fully trained academics, capable of solving research problems independently and in a critical and creative manner, as well as reporting on the results of their research convincingly, both orally and in writing. In the course of the programme, they acquire a complete overview of the language, culture and archaeology of the chosen area within Mesopotamia or Anatolia, at the level required for a one-year master’s graduate.

Programme information

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The Master’s programme consists of two semesters of 30 EC each. In the first semester, students take three courses of 10 EC. In the second semester, they take one more course of 10 EC and write their Master’s thesis.

Selection of the courses on offer:

  • Tutorial Akkadian

  • The Sumerian Language

  • Advanced Sumerian

  • Amama Seminar

  • The Gilgamesh Epic in Context

  • Trade and Economy in Mesopotamia

  • Hittite

  • Priests and Temples: Babylonian Religion in Practice

All ancient languages in our programme can be followed at advanced and introductory level. It is also possible to follow courses from other MA-programmes and combine these into a coherent package, for instance in the field of Hittite and Anatolian studies (in combination with courses from the MA Linguistics) or in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology (at the Faculty of Archaeology).

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Assyriology section of the Prospectus for more information.

Form for approval programme

Students are required to hand in the form "Approval Master Programme" to the Board of Examiners. This form is filled in at the start of the study. To fill in this form, students first make an appointment with the Co-ordinator of Studies, in order to check whether or not their study plans meet the requirements of the Master programme. The Co-ordinator of Studies sends the form to the secretary of the Board of Examiners for final approval.

Timetables and calendar

  • The timetables for Assyriology will give you the locations and scheduling of your classes, organised per year of study.

  • The academic calendar provides an overview of course schedules, examination periods and holidays.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

Co-ordinator of Studies

For practical issues and information concerning the Master's programme students may refer to the Co-ordinator of Studies. The Co-ordinator of Studies is available for advice pertaining to progress and delay, personal circumstances and exam regulations.

Graduation and deregistration

Master students who have completed the Master programme can apply for their graduation. See the Graduation page for more information about the graduation procedure, the regulations concerning the Master thesis, and the process of deregistration from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All rights and obligations of students in the faculty of Humanities are stated in regulations, the most important of which are indicated below.

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards and committees

Students within the Faculty of Humanities are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.


Practical questions can be directed to: