Institute of Archaeology


Coptic Language and Culture

The course builds on Middle Egyptian language. It is structured around the discussion of Coptic grammar, questions of Egyptian scripts, and the interpretation of Coptic texts in their wider archaeological, social, and cultural context.


The course provides training for students who wish to explore Coptic texts for their MA or PhD research and to acquire an advanced understanding of textual traditions from Pharaonic Egypt to the present day.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course the students should:

  • be able to assess critically the value of Coptic texts for agendas within archaeology, history and heritage
  • be able to read intermediate Coptic texts

Course Structure

The course is taught through a series of 20 hours. Teaching is shared with the undergraduate course Coptic Language and Culture.


The course is assessed by means of one essay of 2,500 words contributing 50% to the final mark and a two hours exam contributing 50% to the final mark.

Course information

  • Code: ARCL0082 (formerly ARCLG332)
  • Credits: 15
  • Coordinator: Stephen Quirke
  • Prerequisite: Students must have taken Middle Egyptian language, or have comparable knowledge of Ancient Egyptian grammar. Interested students without previous knowledge of Egyptian language are welcome to discuss their options with the course coordinator.
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For registered students

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  • Running in 2018-19