UGDip Egyptology / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our two-year Diploma in Egyptology course is aimed at students who have completed previous study in Egyptology and would like to continue their learning.

The course is open to those who have completed our Certificate in Egyptology and covers specific topics including social life, technology, tombs, science, towns and cities, and literature in ancient Egypt.

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.

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.

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 Diploma 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 600 hours per year. This 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

Assessed assignments (projects) are designed to stimulate interest in aspects of ancient Egypt and to help students develop their skills and knowledge.

Course unit details

The Diploma consists of 120 credits at level 2. It is anticipated that most students will complete the course within 2 years.

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 is spread over two years.


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: