Institute of Archaeology


BA Egyptian Archaeology


Egyptian Archaeology at UCL is at the heart of a community of world-class Egyptologists based at the Institute of Archaeology, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the British Museum and the Egypt Exploration Society, all located in walking distance on the Bloomsbury Campus. UCL is home of the first UK chair in Egyptian Archaeology (founded 1892), held by the pioneer of the discipline Sir Flinders Petrie, and traditionally is one of the leading universities in the field within the UK and internationally. Blessed with an unrivalled range of library and museum resources in London, Egyptian Archaeologists at UCL explore new directions in the discipline.

What sets us apart from other Egyptology departments is an interest in the big questions arising from a global perspective on Ancient Egypt:

  • What is the contribution of Ancient Egypt – prehistoric, Pharaonic, and post-Pharaonic – to World History?
  • How has Egypt’s location on the interface of Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Near East impacted on Egyptian civilization?
  • How does environment in North Eastern Africa shape human behaviour and the formation of the material world?
  • Why does the past matter in current debates of Egyptian heritage within and outside Egypt?

We explore these and other questions through material culture and ancient texts offering training both in the Archaeology and language of Ancient Egypt. The location of UCL near the cultural and social attractions of London makes the Institute of Archaeology an ideal place for you to develop your career and personality. Follow our facebook page to find out more about our current and past activities.

Our teaching is structured around a series of lectures, seminars, and small group tutorials. You have a lot of individual learning support and will enjoy the welcoming and warm atmosphere students of the Institute of Archaeology praise. The degree structure is designed to familiarise you with broader questions of archaeology in the first year and zoom in on Egypt in the second and third years. You can choose from a wide range of options in World Archaeology and Sciences and have access to our lab facilities and collections. Many of our students in the past have progressed to MA level or went directly into employment, thanks to the high reputation of UCL and our training in transferable skills. Students with a particular interest in history and Ancient Egyptian language may also wish to explore the BA Ancient History and Egyptology at UCL History Department.

Programme structure

For more information on the structure of this Programme, including details on the modules available, please use the link below.

BA Egyptian Archaeology

Egyptian Archaeology BA

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
(contextual offer)
BBB (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
No specific subjects. (more about contextual offers)
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements

IB Diploma

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
(contextual offer)
32 (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5. (more about contextual offers)
UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£26,740 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We use predicted grades, references, previous academic records and the personal statement on your application to assess your suitability for the programme. You should demonstrate your interest in studying archaeology and explain the measures you have taken to sustain your interest in the past. Evidence of interests and activities beyond the school curriculum will also be of benefit.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2019


The UCAS application forms are assessed by a central UCL team and the Institute of Archaeology. The personal statement and predicted grades are used for assessment and sometimes extra information is requested.

Once an offer has been made applicants, unless living overseas, are invited to attend a Post Offer Open Day where they will meet staff and students and will be able to see all of the facilities on site at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and UCL.

Additionally, the open day allows you to learn about our archaeological artefacts, meet specific tutors, tour UCL and the institute, and find out more about the degree programmes, resources and facilities we offer. Alternative arrangements can be made for those living overseas.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

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