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Digital Studies of Ancient Texts (DISTANT) is a two-year, full-time master’s program taught in English at the campus of Freie Universität in Berlin.
It is an interdisciplinary program that combines text- and language-related topics from Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Egyptology, and Coptology with computational modeling and analysis.
While DISTANT shares content with traditional master's programs in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (Cuneiform Studies) and Egyptology, it sets itself apart by offering modules on digital methods. With a specific focus on computer-assisted processing and computational analysis of ancient texts, students acquire subject-specific and interdisciplinary methodological competencies that enable them to tackle complex questions on a variety of sources.
The master's program, following standard practice in Germany, is tuition-free for all students, regardless of their country of origin.


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  • Are you passionate about Ancient Near Eastern or Ancient Egyptian texts and languages?
  • Are you fascinated by the power of programming and the endless possibilities of computational language and text processing?
  • Are you looking for a way to integrate Digital Humanities and ANE/Egyptian Philology?
  • Do you enjoy bringing together perspectives from different disciplines?
  • Do you hold a bachelor's degree with at least 60 credit points from the fields of Ancient Studies and/or Digital Humanities? 
  • Do you have at least 25 credit points in one or more of the following ancient languages: Ancient Egyptian, Akkadian, Hittite, Coptic, Sumerian?
  • Do you have both theoretical and practical research drive?
  • Do you enjoy the study of ancient civilizations but fear it's not adequate studies for getting an interesting job in research or outside academia?
  • Can you prove English language skills (on the level C1 in the CEFR/Common European Framework of Reference or equivalent)?

Then our master's program Digital Studies of Ancient Texts (DISTANT) might just be what you are looking for. We encourage you to apply to this exceptional program and become part of a community of researchers and students who are passionate about taking the study of the Ancient Near East to a next, digital level.


Our program's academic advisors are happy to answer your questions. Contact us via MA-Distant@geschkult.fu-berlin.de only. We answer your questions on Fridays.