UGCert Egyptology

Year of entry: 2020

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Degree awarded
36 months FT, 45 months PT

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course overview

  • Gain a general knowledge of the history and civilisation of ancient Egypt from circa 3100 BCE to the Arab Conquest.
  • Find out how to use source materials in libraries and museum collections and translate simple hieroglyphic texts.
  • Learn from internationally recognised scholar Dr Joyce Tyldesley , who leads the course.
  • All course content is delivered online, so you can study from anywhere in the world.


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £2,050 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £2,050 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

As a non degree-level course, this course is not on the University's list of validated courses for the purposes of Student Finance England. Students are therefore not able to secure funding from Student Finance England for their studies on this course.

Additional expenses

There are no compulsory books to buy. All compulsory texts will be made available to you as part of the course at no extra cost. There is a suggested reading list which will be made available to you when you start the course. We do not expect you to read everything on this list, but you will benefit from reading as many of the suggested texts as you are able.

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).

Contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Andy RIgg
School/Faculty overview

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Entry requirements

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Application guidance

You should read our  application guidance  (PDF, 527KB) before completing the  online application form . If you experience any difficulties completing the online application form, please do not hesitate to contact us at .  

Please note that the link to the online form will take you to a screen headed 'Postgraduate Applicant Sign On'. You can ignore the heading; this is the correct form to complete.

Supporting form

As part of the application process, you will need to also complete and upload the relevant form below.

You will probably find it helpful to have this document scanned and ready before you begin your online application.

Remember that we cannot fully consider your application until we have received your supporting document. There is no need for you to send us hard copies of anything once you have submitted your application online.

Computer requirements

The course is delivered completely online using the Blackboard learning environment. You will need a computer with internet connection to access the course. Access to a scanner, digital camera or an all-in-one printer is also recommended for the hieroglyphic element of the course.

Accessing the course on a mobile device

Our students can expect to have access to lecture materials, video lectures, discussion boards, quizzes and submission areas via web browsers on mobile devices (such as tablets and smartphones), assuming they have access to a good mobile or Wi-Fi signal.

If you are planning to use a tablet as your primary device, you must ensure that it has a reasonably good specification for accessing the internet and viewing videos. Your tablet should have word processing software.

While access is available via smartphones, we advise that students do not use a smartphone as their only device, as the screen size will cause difficulties in some aspects of the course, such as essay writing, and may make some areas of the course difficult to read.

Course details

Course description

Our three-year Certificate in Egyptology course offers the opportunity for serious academic study of Egyptology, learning from Dr Joyce Tyldesley and Dr Nicky Nielsen .

The course draws upon the important Egyptological collections of The University of Manchester's museum and libraries to enable students to build their knowledge of ancient Egypt, develop their study skills and learn how to translate simple hieroglyphics.

The course is delivered entirely online through stimulating and attractive learning materials, the opportunity for structured study of museum collections, tutor support and contact with other students through online discussion groups and discussion boards.


By the end of the course, you should have knowledge of:

  • the history and civilisation of ancient Egypt fromcirca3100 BCE to the Arab conquest including art, religion, funerary beliefs and literature;
  • the source material available to Egyptologists, including historical texts, excavations and museum collections;
  • the history of the interpretation of hieroglyphs and sufficient knowledge to translate simple texts.

You should also have the ability to:

  • use source materials in libraries and museum collections, including materials available online;
  • use sources accurately and with critical judgement;
  • present structured written work with appropriate referencing;
  • translate simple hieroglyphic texts into English;
  • exercise informed, critical judgement in the development of reasoned argument;
  • undertake independent study leading to an extended essay.

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered completely online using the Blackboard learning environment. This gives students their own online learning space. Topics will be released throughout the year, providing you with an easy-to-follow course. Blackboard enables discussions, live chat, podcasting and video conferencing to enhance the topics.

Illustrated core materials are made available to students at regular intervals throughout the course. You are expected take part in online discussion, and participation is supported by a tutor. In addition, you will take part in interactive online activities to support your learning.

An online informal pre-course unit will enable you to familiarise yourself with online learning and develop appropriate skills for self-directed study.

The study of hieroglyphs will form an integral part of the course.

There are no face-to-face meetings and no need to travel to Manchester. However, it is important that you make regular postings to the course discussion boards, where you will be discussing your work with your fellow students.

Course dates

Teaching starts on 1 October, but you will be able to access the Community part of the course (an online resource shared by students from the Certificate and Diploma courses) once you have completed University registration in September. The Community area includes an introduction to Blackboard, guides to study skills, and a discussion area.

The Certificate in Egyptology course has fixed term dates:

  • Community opens: early September
  • Teaching starts: 1 October
  • Christmas break: 15 December to 15 January (inclusive)
  • Spring break: 15 March to 15 April (inclusive)
  • Teaching ends: 15 July
  • Community closes: 31 July

Study hours

Private study, directed reading and preparation of coursework mean that you should be prepared for a total time commitment of around 400 hours per year. This equates to roughly 10 hours per week during term-time, and includes time spent reading, contributing to discussion, essay writing, completing quizzes, browsing the internet and private study.

However, this varies, as some students become absorbed in the subject and find that they happily spend more time on the course. Others spend less time on the course. The two breaks allow students time to catch up if necessary, and to work on their essays.

Students in different time zones

This course is designed to be accessible 24 hours a day, and all lectures are pre-recorded, so you can study at the time that suits you best. Just occasionally there may be a live event such as the annual awards ceremony; live events will always be recorded so that you can watch at a time that suits you.

Coursework and assessment

Assignments are designed to stimulate interest in aspects of ancient Egypt and to help students to sharpen and develop their skills and knowledge.

Course unit details

The Certificate in Egyptology consists of 120 credits, 40 for each of Years 1, 2 and 3.

An online informal pre-course unit will enable you to familiarise yourself with online learning and develop appropriate skills for self-directed study.

The course as a whole is spread over three years, as follows:

  • Year 1 - Predynastic times to the Hyksos Period
  • Year 2 - From the beginning of the New Kingdom to the establishment of Dynasty 19
  • Year 3 - From the later New Kingdom to the Arab Conquest

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

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
Pre Hyksos Egypt CAHE51110 40 Mandatory

Additional fee information

Students will be required to register each year for the programme and pay fees on a yearly basis.  The annual course fees will increase slightly, by approximately 4%, on a yearly basis.  The annual fees for 2018-19 are £2,000.  Fees for 2019-20 are still to be confirmed.


You will be able to draw upon the excellent Egyptian collections at the Manchester Museum through the use of digital images. In addition, you will have access to resources available at the John Rylands Library , one of the leading academic libraries in the country. This includes access to a large collection of electronic journals.

Disability support

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