UGDip Egyptology

Year of entry: 2024


Degree awarded
Undergraduate Diploma (UGDip)
2 years

Full entry requirements

How to apply

You cannot apply directly to the Diploma. 

Instead, you will progress onto this course upon successful completion of  UGCert Egyptology .

Course overview

  • Strengthen your knowledge and understanding of ancient Egypt, studying topics such as social life, technology, science and literature.
  • Learn from internationally recognised scholars Dr Joyce Tyldesley and Nicky Nielsen, who lead the course.
  • All course content is delivered online, so you can study from anywhere in the world.

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Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2024 will be 3800 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be 3800 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
+44 (0)161 275 3144
School/Faculty overview

See: About us

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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

Academic entry qualification overview

You must have completed the online  Certificate in Egyptology  (120 credits). We will consider equivalent certificates in Egyptology/Egyptian Archaeology if we are satisfied that the appropriate content has been covered, but no alternative qualifications can be considered.

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4 or;
  • IELTS 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in any one component, or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

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

You cannot apply directly to the Diploma. 

Instead, you will progress onto this course upon successful completion of  UGCert Egyptology .

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. 

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 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. Units 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 there is 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, Diploma and Master programme) 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, internet-based research and private study. 

As everybody works at different speeds, the two breaks allow students 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 a time that suits you best. 

Occasionally there may be a live event such as the annual awards ceremony, however, 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.

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

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
Diploma in Egyptology: Year 1 CAHE52100 60 Mandatory
Diploma in Egyptology: Year 2 CAHE52200 60 Mandatory


You will be able to draw upon the excellent Egyptian collections at the  Manchester Museum  using 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: