MA in Egyptian Archaeology


Co-ordinator: Richard Bussmann
Other Major Contributors: Stephen Quirke, David Wengrow

Egyptian archaeology is entering a critical phase, where teaching outside Egypt must redefine its self-appointed role as the accepted external perspective in the face of Egypt-centred and Africa-centred interpretations. Meeting this challenge this degree aims to offer learners new approaches to Egyptian archaeology. The degree builds on UCL's significant assets for learning in this area of archaeology, and reflects some of the department and university's reputation as:

  • being a radical contributor within UK higher education
  • enjoying a wide variety of staff experience and knowledge, covering cultural heritage, museum studies, conservation as well as regional and world archaeology
  • creating an active neighbourhood of research communities across the social sciences and other faculties
  • being aware of its historic profile as the first English university with a Chair in Egyptian Archaeology, funded from the 1892 bequest of Amelia Edwards
  • building on the impact of its first Egyptian archaeology professor, Flinders Petrie, with respect to excavation methods, publication, and the formation of collections around the world
  • being blessed with the hugely important artefact, archival and digital resources in the form of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

The degree is designed for students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including but not exclusively Egyptology and is a possible path for those considering doctoral research. The programme provides students with a detailed understanding of the current issues and debates within Egyptian archaeology. Students will have access to a range of primary research collections housed at the Institute of Archaeology and the Petrie Museum. The Institute also has ongoing fieldwork projects and staff members are involved in internationally-recognised research on many of the topics covered. The course is available full-time over one calendar year or part-time over two calendar years (commencing September).

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