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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

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.

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:
  • 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:


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

A small number of IoA Masters Award bursaries, normally in the region of £1,000, are available each year.

Scholarships available for this department

Kathleen Kenyon Awards

Gordon Childe Studentship

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • British Museum, Intern, 2010
  • Committee of Missing Persons, Specialist Archaeologist, 2009
  • Egypt Exploration Society, Researcher, 2011
  • Korean Institute of Heritage, Researcher, 2010
  • National Museum, Archaeologist, 2010
  • UCL, Research Student, 2010


The MA Egyptian Archaeology provides training in critical thinking, research strategies, and theoretical approaches to Ancient Egypt. The courses familiarise students with practical skills, such as object handling, archival research, and museum practice, and with the intellectual foundations of Egyptian Archaeology. The degree prepares students for future careers in academia, including for PhD research, archaeological fieldwork, the museum, and the wider heritage sector. Independent research and excellent writing skills are key aims of teaching in this degree. They are highly relevant for careers in all fields requiring creative thinkers and efficient communicators.

Next steps


Professor Andrew Reynolds

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Institute of Archaeology

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Staff View

"UCL Archaeology has a great atmosphere for both staff and students; it's a great place to work, and with so many experts passing through from different countries to give lectures and seminars it is very much the centre of the archaeological world."

Professor Mike Parker Pearson

Professor of British Later Prehistory

Student View

"The Institute of Archaeology's library has been an invaluable tool due to the huge amount of material available that is related to our field, and is one of my favourite things about the institute."

Alexandra Salamunovich

Degree: Archaeology MA