Egyptology MA

Daniela Martins

Egyptology MA

What course are you currently studying?

I am currently studying Egyptology MA.

Why did you choose postgraduate study at the University of Liverpool?

The University of Liverpool has one of the largest departments in the world with Egyptologists. That was mainly the reason why I choose this university because it gives students the possibility to learn from specialists in different areas within Egyptology. Their different experiences are also really important to get an insight into how the discipline works, and how you can learn and prepare yourself to get the best of it. Coming from a country with little Egyptology tradition, the variety and the experience was something highly valued and really important to me when I choose this university.

What’s the best thing about studying in your department?

I believe that the best thing is that we have a good number of different specialists within the department, which is something really important not only to our learning process but also for research. That is highly important for students and for the academic community. For me, it has been a privilege to meet our experts here and learn from them, considering that I’ve only known them from reading their publications.

Students also benefit from the fact that the department is a very active unit, with monthly seminars with scholars coming from Liverpool and other universities. Additionally, there is a society (ACE) devoted to getting people engaged with departmental activities. They also create their own academic and social events, something that is very positive for you as a student.

How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies?

The university has excellent resources for the study of Egyptology. There is a very good collection of books at the library, and there you can find some ancient and rare books as well as the most recent publications. In fact, it is quite clear the effort to offer the students a significant range of both physical and digital access options, which certainty facilitates our studies and our work.

Additionally, the Garstang Museum of Archaeology, is a fundamental part of the department, through which students can engage with material culture, and develop research.

What kind of support do you get from tutors?

There is a special concern with students well-being and progress, and for that, tutors are always trying to make sure that everything is going as expected. The tutor is someone that is there for you if you have any concerns and will guide and help you out. This is something that I find really important, the regular contact with tutors makes you feel not only that you are being accompanied but also truly part of the department.

What do you enjoy most about the whole experience?

Studying Egyptology at the University of Liverpool has been an exciting, challenging and a valuable experience for me. This is what I always wanted to study since I was 12 years old, and this is the opportunity that I never had before. I would say that the most important thing for me is having the possibility to have classes about different aspects of ancient Egypt, and to be able to learn from actual Egyptologists.

I think that is equally relevant to mention that, as non-UK national, I found many supportive services at university which definitely contribute to an overall good experience.

How do you believe undertaking postgraduate study will help your career prospects?

Considering that my aim is to apply for a PhD, I believe that this is an excellent program that provides considerable preparation for future academic challenges.

What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study?

I would say that the University of Liverpool offers a very good programme through which you will definitely engage with different aspects of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology. You will have a very interesting and supportive department, a considerable range of scholars will be teaching you, and you will become aware of the challenges and excitements of the discipline. The facilities and resources available are also very good, and the city is really friendly.  There is no doubt that considering a postgraduate study here is the opportunity to learn more and a very exciting experience too.