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Egyptology at Cambridge

Egyptology at Cambridge

The Division of Archaeology offers papers and modules in Egyptian Language and Egyptian Archaeology at both an Undergraduate and Graduate level.


Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate students can select from papers focusing on The historical archaeology of ancient Egypt , Ancient Egyptian religion and Egyptian Language. Some of these papers have prerequisite requirements and students should consult the Undergraduate Handbook or speak to the course coordinator or their Director of Studies is they are unsure of their eligiblity.

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Download the Undergraduate Egyptology and Assyriology leaflet

Graduate Studies

Graduate Students can pursue either the MPhil in Egyptology or select the Egyptian Archaeology option for their MPhil in Archaeology. Students wishing to take Egyptian Language Modules (Coptic, Demotic, Intoduction to Egyptian Language or Advanced Egyptian Language) should take the MPhil in Egyptology.

MPhil in Egyptology

The structure of the MPhil in Egyptology includes five elements: Research Skills (5% of the student’s final mark), three modules, each counting as 15% of the student’s final mark, and a dissertation, an extended piece of independent, original research. Students are encouraged to indicate a research interest in their application and to focus on a topic early in the year. The research is undertaken under the direction of an appropriate Supervisor appointed at the start of the academic year; typically project formulation and sometimes data acquisition are done between October and May, while the writing is done over the summer. The topic of the dissertation has to be approved by the Faculty Degree Committee; the dissertation is of maximum 15,000 words including footnotes, but excluding appendices and bibliography, and is due at the end of August; it counts as 50% of the student’s final mark.

More information on the modules available to students taking the MPhil in Egyptology can be found here.

MPhil in Archaeology (Egyptian Archaeology)

This MPhil teaches the historical archaeology of ancient Egypt. The course alternates between years. In 2012–13 the focus will be on the New Kingdom and later periods of Egyptian history (c. 1550 BC–330 BC) while in 2013–14 we will cover the processes of state formation to the beginning of the New Kingdom (c. 3500 BC–1550 BC). Within this chronological framework a series of interlinking topics will be treated including; historical records and frameworks of interpretation, the nature of political power and its expression, interconnections and foreign trade, technology, production and exchange, society and settlement, state and private religion, mortuary practices, knowledge, identity and belief, monumental architecture and art and material culture.

A strong emphasis will be placed on integrating textual, archaeological and artistic records throughout the course. This course option is appropriate both for students new to the subject of Egyptian Archaeology and for students with a background in Egyptology wishing to develop their knowledge of archaeological theory and practice.

More information on the Egyptian Archaeology modules available to students taking the MPhil in Archaeology can be found here.

Egyptian World Seminar Series

The Egyptian World Seminar Series is held on Wednesday afternoons at 5pm in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Please check the McDonald Institute Events pages for the latest seminar dates.

Further enquiries about the Egyptology programme may be addressed to