Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Egyptian Archaeology BA

The Egyptian Archaeology BA at UCL is the only UK degree to combine the theory and practice of archaeology with the study of Egyptian sites. This specialist degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers both within Egyptian archaeology and heritage studies, and beyond.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Egyptian Archaeology BA
UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Total intake (by subject area)
70 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
4 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
73% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C 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-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with 18 credits awarded with distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units with Merit. Or a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.

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

AAB-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA-AB.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

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

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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.

Degree benefits

  • The programme combines a broad grounding in archaeological method and theory alongside courses that focus on the language, art and archaeology of Egypt.
  • The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the largest archaeology departments in the world, with an unrivalled range of specialist staff. It hosts numerous lectures by visiting archaeologists.
  • The institute is home to one of the best archaeology libraries in the world and has its own teaching collections, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in staff-led research projects in many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Most of the degree is structured around a combination of core and optional courses. In your first year, you will receive a solid grounding in both the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology, as well as an introduction to major issues in Egyptian archaeology and writing.

The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of Egyptian archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas.

In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio, and write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Field Methods
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
People and Environments
Sites and Artefacts
Texts in Archaeology
World Archaeology: the Deep History of Human Societies

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Current Issues in Archaeological Theory
Intermediate Middle Egyptian Texts
Middle Egyptian Language and Texts
Research and Presentation Skills in Archaeology

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credit of optional courses in Archaeology

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Archaeology in the World
Field Archaeology
Dissertation relating to Ancient Egypt

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits of optional courses in Archaeology and a further 0.5 credits in either Archaeology or a related subject.

Your learning

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, either field or laboratory-based. Full use is made of our extensive teaching and reference collections and close connections to the national museums and collections of London.


Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500-word essays, is used to assess most courses. Most compulsory courses and some optional courses involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all archaeology students.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Egyptian Archaeology BA.


At the end of the programme, you will possess invaluable transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and interpreting complex data, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing.

The extensive fieldwork component of the programme gives our graduates a real advantage in seeking a career in archaeology. This is evident by the numbers of graduates who gain employment with archaeological field units or pursue a further qualification in a specialised aspect of the discipline.

For others, an archaeology degree offers a strong foundation for a career in law, business, the civil service, accountancy, teaching, film and a wide range of other fields.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • English Teacher, Teach First (2013)
  • Full-time student, MA Managing Archaeological Sites at UCL, Institute of Archaeology (2012)
  • Full-time student, MA in Egyptian Archaeology at UCL (2012)
  • Officer Cadet, HM Armed Forces (2011)
  • Full-time student, MA in Artefact Studies at UCL (2011)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Student view

I was attracted to UCL because of its outstanding reputation for archaeological research, and because its policy of including 70 days of fieldwork as a component of all archaeology undergraduate programmes. Nicole Barber - Archaeology and Anthropology BA (Third year)

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£21,320 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

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 2016


All applicants under consideration are asked to complete a compulsory questionnaire, based on the degree applied for, which is used in conjunction with the UCAS form to assess suitability.

On completion of the questionnaire, unless living overseas, applicants are then invited to attend an applicant 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