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Contact details

Professor Andrew Reynolds

Email: a.reynolds@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1522

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

UK and EU students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Egyptian Archaeology MA

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, the revised Egyptian Archaeology MA at UCL aims to offer learners new approaches to Egyptian archaeology.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain an understanding of the current issues and debates within Egyptian archaeology, and develop critically aware perspectives on archaeological practice and research. They are encouraged to identify the key problems facing archaeology in Egypt and to consider future directions which may positively contribute to appropriate development in this field.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK.

Students on this programme 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.

UCL is located in central London, within walking distance to the British Museum and the British Library. The Institute's outstanding archaeological library is complemented by UCL's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (45 credits), optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
  • Egyptian Archaeology: An object-based theoretical approach


  • (subject to availability)
  • There are many options available. These include:
  • The Archaeology of Early Egypt and Sudan (c.10,000-2,500 BC)
  • Egyptian Landscapes: Archaeological Perspectives
  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt


All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, student presentations, group discussion and museum visits. Student performance is assessed through essays, book reviews and project reports (depending on the options selected), and a dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including but not exclusively Egyptology, who wish to develop the skills necessary for a professional career in this field, and provides an excellent foundation for those considering doctoral research.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Egyptian Archaeology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Egyptian Archaeology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to PhD studies while others have pursued an incredibly wide range of professional careers in field archaeology, museums, the wider heritage sector and beyond.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Committee of Missing Persons: Specialist Archaeologist
  • CultNet: Archaeologist
  • UCL: PhD Egyptian Archaeology
  • Museum of London: Archaeologist
  • Bernard Quaritch Ltd: Bookdealer

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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