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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Egyptology is no longer accepting new applications.

This MPhil is appropriate for students who are prepared for graduate work and who wish to undertake research in Egyptology, but who need further training in either the language(s) or the archaeology of the region. The student may choose either an archaeological or a linguistic emphasis. All MPhil students in the Department of Archaeology take a Research Skills module and write a dissertation (maximum 15,000 words). In addition, students taking the MPhil in Egyptology select either three modules from a list of modules in Egyptology, or two modules selected from a list of modules in Egyptology and one two-term module or two one-term modules from a list of optional modules in the Department of Archaeology chosen in consultation with the supervisor.

Modules on offer may include:

  • Introduction to Egyptian Language
  • Advanced Egyptian Language
  • Old and Late Egyptian Texts
  • Coptic
  • Demotic
  • Landscapes, Built Environment, and Material Culture of Ancient Egypt
  • Historical Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

Students taking the MPhil in Egyptology must take a minimum of one Egyptian Archaeology module from the list of modules in Egyptology offered in this year of study.

Learning Outcomes

Students will acquire a good working knowledge of the archaeology and culture of ancient Egypt, with the possibility of studying one or more of the principal ancient Egyptian language phases. Students may focus on either linguistic or archaeological study. Students learn to participate in academic discussion at postgraduate level and produce a substantial piece of independent written work (the dissertation).


MPhil students taking the MPhil in Egyptology who wish to continue to the PhD in Archaeology are required to
achieve a mark of at least 68 overall and no less than 68 in their dissertation. They must obtain the support of an
appropriate supervisor before making an application. In some circumstances, additional academic conditions may be set to ensure appropriate skills, such as language competence, are in place prior to admittance on the PhD programme.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Archaeology

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
April 26, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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