Egyptology BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V410
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Immerse yourself in Ancient Egypt with one of the largest egyptology providers in the world.

Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

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

  • Taking 100% or 75% Egyptology 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 final stage of the Ancient Egyptian language, written down using the Greek script in late antiquity and under Islam))
  • The writings of Ancient Egypt (both documentary and literary)
  • The archaeology of Ancient Egypt (its sites and monuments)
  • 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 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.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

Taking 100% or 75% Egyptology 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 final stage of the Ancient Egyptian language, written down using the Greek script in late antiquity and under Islam))
  • The writings of Ancient Egypt (both documentary and literary)
  • The archaeology of Ancient Egypt (its sites and monuments)
  • 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 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.

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

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, 50% Egyptology would work particularly well with a large number of other programmes both ancient (archaeology, classics and ancient history) and more modern (for example, english, sociology, history, languages or politics).

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

A Minor in Egyptology will allow you to study the culture, society and religion of Ancient Egypt within the confines of a Minor subject.

Since Egyptology shares methodological approaches with other subject areas, this minor programme will combine well with any Major subject on offer through Honours Select, both ancient and modern, from classical studies to criminology.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

84 Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

• Ranked 11th for Archaeology in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2017
• Ranked 5th for Archaeology in The Guardian University Guide 2018

National Student Survey

96% of students are happy with the teaching on their programme (National Student Survey 2016)

Research performance

Ranked 5th for Archaeology and Egyptology for world-leading 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 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 award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories where you’ll find equipment and material for scientific analysis and a dedicated space for flint-knapping and cave-painting, all of which are part of our core teaching activities.

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 well-established 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 (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.