BA in Egyptian Archaeology


Egyptian Archaeology at UCL is at the heart of a community of world-class Egyptologists based at the Institute of Archaeology, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the British Museum and the Egypt Exploration Society, all located in walking distance on the Bloomsbury Campus. UCL is home of the first UK chair in Egyptian Archaeology (founded 1892), held by the pioneer of the discipline Sir Flinders Petrie, and traditionally is one of the leading universities in the field within the UK and internationally. Blessed with an unrivalled range of library and museum resources in London, Egyptian Archaeologists at UCL explore new directions in the discipline.

UCL Institute of Archaeology

What sets us apart from other Egyptology departments is an interest in the big questions arising from a global perspective on Ancient Egypt:

  • What is the contribution of Ancient Egypt – prehistoric, Pharaonic, and post-Pharaonic – to World History?
  • How has Egypt’s location on the interface of Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Near East impacted on Egyptian civilization?
  • How does environment in North Eastern Africa shape human behaviour and the formation of the material world?
  • Why does the past matter in current debates of Egyptian heritage within and outside Egypt?

We explore these and other questions through material culture and ancient texts offering training both in the Archaeology and language of Ancient Egypt. The location of UCL near the cultural and social attractions of London makes the Institute of Archaeology an ideal place for you to develop your career and personality. Follow our facebook page to find out more about our current and past activities.

Our teaching is structured around a series of lectures, seminars, and small group tutorials. You have a lot of individual learning support and will enjoy the welcoming and warm atmosphere students of the Institute of Archaeology praise. The degree structure is designed to familiarise you with broader questions of archaeology in the first year and zoom in on Egypt in the second and third years. You can choose from a wide range of options in World Archaeology and Sciences and have access to our lab facilities and collections. Many of our students in the past have progressed to MA level or went directly into employment, thanks to the high reputation of UCL and our training in transferable skills. Students with a particular interest in history and Ancient Egyptian language may also wish to explore the BA Ancient History and Egyptology at UCL History Department.

Degree benefits

  • UCL is ranked the fourth best place to study archaeology in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

  • The Institute of Archaeology's degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of optional modules, covering a very diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner.

  • Optional modules include everything from Roman Art and Architecture to Pyrotechnology, Plants and Archaeology, Human Evolution, and Archaeology and Climate Change.

  • The degree includes 70 days of funded fieldwork - both in the UK and overseas (from Spain, France and Montenegro to Belize, China and Uganda, to name a few).

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Archaeology.

  • 73% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


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