MA Egyptology

Year of entry: 2024


Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
2 Years [Part-time]
Entry requirements

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent, with experience related to Egyptology.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Advance your understanding of ancient Egyptian society and culture.
  • Study when it suits you through our online part-time course, the first of its kind in the world.
  • Tailor the course to your own interests via a choice of optional units.
  • Prepare for a career in the heritage sector or for postgraduate research.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £6,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £6,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of School awards and Subject-specific bursaries (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the School's funding page  where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme. 

See also the University's postgraduate funding database  to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities. 

For University of Manchester graduates, the Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a First within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course. 

The Manchester Master's Bursary is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.

Contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
PG Taught Admissions

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent, with experience related to Egyptology.

English language

An overall grade of 7.0 in IELTS with 7.0 in writing an no skill below 6.5 is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25 and no skill below 22.

If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our  English language requirements  to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

If you have any questions about the course structure and content, please contact one of the course tutors:

Queries regarding entry requirements and the admissions process should be directed to the Admissions team .

How your application is considered

Applications are mainly considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference(s) and any other supplementary evidence that supports the application.

We strongly recommend you include a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of the subject and your motivation for wanting to study the programme.

For the specific requirements of each programme in the School, please visit our  Applying  page.

Course details

Course description

Our MA in Egyptology is an innovative and cutting-edge course taught entirely online on a part-time basis over two years.

You will look in-depth at specific aspects of ancient Egyptian society and culture, and study the development of the field of Egyptology itself.

Our compulsory units will provide you with a well-rounded knowledge base of ancient Egyptian art, history, archaeology and texts.

Through our optional units, you will be able to tailor part of the course to your personal interests. Topics include Gender and Identity in Pharaonic Egypt, the Amarna Period and Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

You will have the opportunity to learn applicable skills such as how to organise museum exhibits, how to apply successfully for research funding and how to publish articles and books at various levels, enabling you to prepare for a career in Egyptology and the heritage sector, or for doctoral study.

The online nature of the course means that you will not be required to physically attend the Manchester campus at any point during your studies. You can study from home, and this will enable you to adapt your study to existing job or personal commitments. 

Teaching and learning

This course is delivered entirely online through weekly recorded lectures and interactive discussion boards, which encourage discussion between the course tutors and students.

We use innovative technologies to ensure that your distance learning experience closely mirrors that of our on-campus students.

Coursework and assessment

Your progress will be assessed entirely through coursework, plus the final dissertation.

Course unit details

Year 1

You will take two mandatory research skills units to help you formulate an effective research strategy for your dissertation and further academic career, alongside three mandatory units on significant aspects of Egyptian culture, history and archaeology.

  • Academic Skills and Research Design in Egyptian Archaeology Part 1 (30 credits)
  • Historical Studies in Ancient Egypt (15 credits)
  • Academic Skills and Design in Egyptian Archaeology Part 2 (15 credits)
  • Art and Artists in Ancient Egypt (15 credits)
  • Urbanism in Ancient Egypt (15 credits)
Year 2

You will select two optional units on Egyptian language, art, culture and religion from the list below.

  • Ancient Egyptian Religion and Funerary Beliefs (15 credits)
  • Gender and Identity in Ancient Egypt (15 credits)
  • The Amarna Period (15 credits)
  • Fast-track Middle Egyptian (15 credits)

The second semester of Year 2 is dedicated to researching and writing the final 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation (Egyptology) CAHE60900 60 Mandatory
Academic Skills and Research Design in Egyptian Archaeology Part 1 CAHE66011 30 Mandatory
Social Studies of Ancient Egypt CAHE66111 15 Mandatory
Academic Skills and Research Design in Egyptian Archaeology, Part 2 CAHE66122 15 Mandatory
Art and Artists in Ancient Egypt CAHE66132 15 Mandatory
Urbanism in Ancient Egypt CAHE66142 15 Mandatory
Ancient Egyptian Religion and Funerary Beliefs CAHE66211 15 Optional
Fast-Track Middle Egyptian CAHE66311 15 Optional
Identity and the Individual in Ancient Egypt CAHE66411 15 Optional
The Amarna Period CAHE66611 15 Optional

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:


Career opportunities

This non-vocational master's degree develops a wealth of transferable skills, and will enable you to exploit a number of career opportunities.

The course is designed to prepare you for a career in Egyptology and the heritage sector, or for doctoral study.

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .