UGDip Egyptology

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Diploma in Egyptology: Year 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code CAHE52100
Credit rating 60
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Available as a free choice unit? No


The general objectives of the Diploma in Egyptology are:

  • to increase your knowledge of Egyptology
  • to further develop your skills of critical enquiry and disciplined thinking
  • to equip you with the appropriate study skills to achieve the above
  • to enable you to measure your achievement against University standards


Unit 1: Social Life in Middle Kingdom Egypt: Kahun

Unit 2: Social Life in New Kingdom Egypt: Deir el-Medina

Unit 3: Egyptian Technology I: Manipulating the Natural World

Unit 4: Egyptian Technology II: Pyrotechnologies

Unit 5: Egyptian Tombs and Tomb Owners: From Earliest times to the Ramesside Period

Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge of:

• specific aspects of the history, literature, technology and archaeology of ancient Egypt from c 3100 BCE to 30 BCE, including settlement archaeology, funerary beliefs and tomb development, social history, external relations and technology and the use of raw materials.

• the main methods of enquiry relating to the discipline.

• the source material available to Egyptologists and archaeologists including publications, excavations and museum collections.

• study skills including: computer skills, library and research skills, key elements of disciplined written work, textual analysis.

• the critical analysis of selected texts in translation.

Practical skills

The ability to:

• present evidence, ideas and arguments clearly and accurately.

• evaluate and interpret evidence, ideas and arguments.

• make sound judgements and develop lines of argument using the basic theories and concepts of Egyptology.

• communicate clearly via well-constructed and well-argued written work.

• take responsibility for your own learning.

• describe and critically evaluate particular aspects of current research in Egyptology.

• present findings in a structured and coherently argued piece of academic research.

• demonstrate awareness of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge in Egyptology.

• devise and implement a programme of independent study.

• develop a carefully reasoned exposition of your own views.

• consider specific issues in relation to their wider and/or theoretical context.

• make sound judgements and develop lines of argument using the main theories and concepts of Egyptology.

• use a range of methods to evaluate and interpret evidence, ideas and arguments.

Assessment methods

As part of the programme, you are required to complete the following assessments:

  • completion of all activities in your Personal Portfolio.
  • completion of at least two-thirds of the required Activity postings to the discussion board.
  • completion of all quizzes.
  • completion of the prescribed assessed work (project work) satisfactorily and within the deadlines outlined in the programme handbook

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 600

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