MA Egyptology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

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

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