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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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

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


  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt
  • Egyptian Landscapes: Archaeological Perspectives
  • There are many options available. These include:
  • (subject to availability)


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.


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.

Kathleen Kenyon Awards

1 year

Gordon Childe Studentship

UK/EU fees plus stipend
1 year

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


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 degree

  • 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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 60 staff › 263 taught students › 130 research students

Department: Institute of Archaeology

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

All applicants

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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