Egyptology BA (Hons)

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Immerse yourself in Ancient Egypt with one of the largest Egyptology providers in the world.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of Ancient Egypt’s archaeology, art, religion, history and society through the acquisition of key interpretive skills. This programme provides training in the Ancient Egyptian language from elementary to advanced level, giving you access to original hieroglyphic and Coptic writings and inscriptions. Our experts will bring their excavations and projects to the classroom, giving you privileged access to cutting-edge research.

Programme in detail

An Egyptology BA gives you a well-rounded grounding in the discipline’s major subject areas:

  • The history of Ancient Egypt (from the Predynastic Period to Egypt under Roman rule)
  • The various stages of the Egyptian language (hieroglyphs of the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms, and Coptic)
  • The writings of Ancient Egypt (both documentary and literary)
  • The archaeology of Ancient Egypt (its sites, monuments, and artefacts)
  • The society and culture of Ancient Egypt (including daily life, technology, art, funerary beliefs and religion).

You will be introduced both to the language (writing, grammar and texts) and the archaeology and history of Ancient Egypt, as well as to basic methods of archaeology. You will progress to study the language and texts of various periods, as well as Egyptian art, religion, history, and society. Final year students will have the opportunity to engage in independent Egyptological research.

Year abroad

Semester abroad opportunities exist for Egyptology. Recent partnerships have included Toronto, Monash (Australia), Copenhagen, and Uppsala.

Study Abroad exchanges are available at a number of approved partner institutions. Study Abroad placements will be arranged by the relevant departmental Study Abroad Co-ordinator, who will advise students on suitable module choices within the chosen partner institution in negotiation with the individual student to ensure that they are appropriate to their needs and equate with the training needs of the student’s programme. During the period of Study Abroad, responsibility for supervision will be with the overseas host institution in accordance with their standard practices. Study Abroad most commonly consists of a one or two semesters of study at a partner institution during the second year of study, although other forms of arrangement will be considered by negotiation with the relevant Subject Lead. Students will be assessed by the host institution, using the assignments and methods appropriate to the modules chosen by the visiting student.

Fieldwork opportunities

Students are required to undertake a period of 2 weeks archaeological experience during their degree.

Placements are normally on the ACE Archaeology Field School at the end of the first year of study.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a combined degree

This programme is designed to deliver a partial yet coherent programme in Ancient Egypt as you divide your time equally between Egyptology and another subject.

Egyptology, being the study of a specific human culture, shares approaches with many core subjects in the Faculty. As a result, studying 50% Egyptology would work particularly well with a large number of other programmes both ancient (eg archaeology, classics and ancient history) and more modern (eg english, sociology, history, languages or politics).

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

80 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 5th for Archaeology in the Complete University Guide (2020)

Graduate prospects

93% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17)

Research performance

Ranked 5th for Archaeology and Egyptology for world-leading 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 (THE 2014)

Why this subject?

Bring theory to life

At Liverpool our teaching is not just paper-based; we have campus facilities that allow you to experience hands-on activities to complement your studies. You’ll be taught in our Garstang Museum of Archaeology, which holds over 40,000 artefacts, including collections from Egypt, the Aegean, Sudan, the Middle East and Great Britain. You’ll use specialised archaeological facilities in our Archaeological Research Laboratories as well as our awardwinning Central Teaching Laboratories where you’ll find equipment and material for scientific analysis and a dedicated space for flint-knapping and cave-painting.

Benefit from the unique breadth of our programmes

You’ll work alongside staff who are experts in their chosen field and have developed degree programmes that fully immerse you in the subject by studying the world from human origins right through to the civilisations of Greece, Rome, the Near East and Egypt.

You can either choose to focus on a particular culture or period, or gain a broader training that combines ancient civilisations. Alongside this, you will also have the opportunity to explore a number of ancient languages: Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Greek, Latin, Coptic, Sumerian and Akkadian

Surround yourself with academic excellence

You’ll be studying in one of the largest and wellestablished departments of its kind in the world, with a community of 35 full-time academic staff all engaged in internationally recognised research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Archaeology and Egyptology staff were ranked 5th in the UK for world-leading research.

Our staff specialisms include ‘Greek and Roman Literature and Culture’, ‘Ancient History’, ‘Mediterranean Archaeology’, ‘British Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology’, ‘Human Evolution (Evolutionary Anthropology)’, ‘African Archaeology’, ‘Near Eastern Archaeology’ and ‘Egyptology’ (we have the largest grouping of Egyptologists in the UK).

Fulfil your potential in a supportive environment

With our extensive staff expertise, we support you in every aspect of your learning. As you move through your programme of study, we work with you to encourage you to play to your strengths and to specialise in aspects and approaches that interest you most, whether historical, archaeological, literary or linguistic.