UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.


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Ms Jasmine Gane

Email: jasmine.gane@ucl.ac.uk

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Ancient History and Egyptology BA

UCAS code: VQ14

This three-year specialist degree enables you to study the history, culture and language of ancient Egypt in the wider framework of the history of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern world from the early third millennium to the end of the first millennium BC.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA-AAA
Subjects History, Ancient History or Classical Civilisation required.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C; Ancient European Language at grade B also welcomed. For UK-based students a foreign language at grade B is required.

IB Diploma

Points 38-39
Subjects A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 6 in History, with no score lower than 5. A minimum of 5 is required at standard level in a modern or ancient European language.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

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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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL is uniquely equipped to offer this degree, since a first-class Egyptology library and an important study collection of Egyptian antiquities (the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology) are housed here.
  • The programme invites you to approach Egypt in three distinct ways: as an historian, as an archaeologist (through its material culture) and as a philologist (through its language).
  • Drawing upon the History Department, related UCL departments and relevant University of London colleges, the programme offers a wide variety of options and an unrivalled range of ancient language courses.
  • Exceptional resources, including the British Museum and British Library, are within walking distance, and other London-based museums and organisations provide unrivalled opportunities for accessing primary source material.

The programme includes six compulsory first-year courses, a research project of 5,000 words in the second year, a final-year special subject, a final-year dissertation and options chosen from a range of full-year and half-year courses.

All students learn the Egyptian language, hieroglyphic, demotic and coptic scripts, and the history of the peoples living on the banks of the Nile, the Euphrates and the Tigris, as well as their neighbours in Nubia, Anatolia and Iran.

When choosing optional courses in the second and third year, you can focus on languages, ancient history and/or archaeology.

The range of ancient languages available at UCL and related University of London colleges is unrivalled anywhere in the UK. You can, for example, learn Ancient Hebrew in the UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies or Akkadian, Sumerian or Hittite at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Your learning

Many of our courses include lectures, but our approach to learning mainly places emphasis on active student participation in seminar discussion (usually in groups of 15). Essays you write will be returned to you in individual face-to-face tutorials to provide constructive, personal feedback.


Your work will be assessed by a mixture of examinations and written coursework. Significant weight is given to an extended essay based on original sources produced in your final year.

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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Texts in Archaeology
Middle Egyptian Language and Texts
Intermediate Middle Egyptian Texts
Writing History
Concepts, Categories and the Practice of History

Optional courses

The Near East to 1200 BC: The Earliest States
The Near East, 1200-336 BC

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Late Egyptian Language and Texts
Research Seminar (5,000-word Research Project)

Optional courses

The Near East to 1200 BC: The Earliest States
The Near East, 1200-336 BC.

Plus a further 1.0 credit from a wide range of optional courses in Ancient History, Ancient Languages, Egyptology, History or from another approved interdepartmental programme. You must have taken courses to a minimum of 4.0 credits in Egyptology and 4.0 credits in Ancient History (or an approved related discipline) by the end of your degree programme.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Coptic Language and Culture

Optional courses

You will select 2.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses in Ancient History, Ancient Languages, Archaeology, Egyptology, History or from another approved interdepartmental programme. You must have taken courses to a minimum of 4.0 credits in Egyptology and 4.0 credits in Ancient History (or an approved related discipline) by the end of your degree programme.


The programme is designed to teach many transferable skills: how to gather and organise evidence; how to analyse it and present a structured argument; how to express yourself clearly, both in writing and orally.

UCL's history graduates have excelled in a wide range of occupations, as lawyers, financial advisers, stockbrokers, television producers, diplomats, journalists, bankers, teachers, museum curators, and in the health service, the police and overseas development programmes, as well as in progressing to further study.


First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, MA in Egyptology at the University of Oxford (2012)
  • Intern, Dorset County Museum (2011)
  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law (2010)

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

Your application

Each candidate's profile is considered as a complete picture, taking into account your interest in and suitability for the degree, as shown in your personal statement and referee's report, as well as achieved and predicted grades. Your ability to present an argument, evidence of intellectual curiosity and your enthusiasm for and commitment to studying history will also be assessed.

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.


Promising applicants will be asked to supply further information to help us in determining whether to offer a place.

We are keen to attract students from a wide range of backgrounds, finding this helps to maintain an intellectually and socially stimulating community. Applicants will normally have studied History; English or a language taken to a higher level is also an advantage.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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