Ancient Egypt is perhaps the world's best-known example of a complex society in the past. The area is studied with a focus on the roles played by gods and humans, accessible through texts, art and archaeology during more than three millennia. Through the programme, you will learn how to combine different types of sources, methods and perspectives to better understand the lives of the people in one of the earliest literate cultures known to mankind.
Why this programme?
Studies in the humanities entail using complex and varied sources to better understand humans. The specialisation Egyptology in the Master's Programme in the Humanities is for you who are interested in combining texts, art and material remains in the exploration of Ancient Egypt. You will learn how a scholar works in this field by studying a fascinating set of sources. You will become an expert in identifying problems and suggesting possible solutions from a fragmentary record by analysing and combining different types of evidence. In this programme, language and text studies are combined with history, art and archaeology.
The programme entails a solid foundation for PhD studies in Egyptology at various universities in the world. It also prepares you for a career that involves aspects of cultural heritage management or administrative roles. The courses normally consist of seminars that sharpen your abilities in oral presentations and communication. Academic writing is trained continuously, preparing you for a range of situations where complex problems are analysed.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Egyptology as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).
The programme includes mandatory courses equivalent to 60 credits and a thesis work equivalent to 30 credits within the discipline of Egyptology. You can take additional mandatory courses equivalent to 15 credit, as well as one or two elective courses equivalent to up to 15 credits provided by the University.
At the beginning of the programme, you will establish an individual study plan (ISP) together with the programme coordinator. The mandatory courses are briefly described and a list of elective courses for the second semester is presented. The ISP is revised if necessary in consultation with the director of studies.
The programme starts with a multidisciplinary course of 7.5 credits. The course runs at half-speed and includes students who study the Master's programme in the Humanities, specialising in Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.
The department and the faculty offer a number of courses, which normally run at half-speed. Normally you will study two courses in parallel. In addition to mandatory courses in Egyptology, you can also do internships (7.5 or 15 credits) or take an individually designed in-depth method course (7.5 credits) relevant to the field. Alternatively, you can read two courses in other subjects at the University equivalent to 15 credits in total.
In the final semester, you will write a degree thesis comprising 30 credits.
Courses within the programme
The course names are generic and can vary over time, although their overarching themes will not change. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are taken together by students both in year 1 and year 2 of the programme.
Year 1 Autumn period 1 Multidisciplinary course for all students at the department* Egyptian Social History: Art in Context*
Autumn period 2 Archaeology of Egypt* Advanced Earlier Egyptian Texts*
Spring period 3 Optional course or internship
Spring period 4 Religion in Ancient Egypt Introduction to Coptic
Year 2 Autumn period 1 GIS (Geographical Information Systems) Egyptian Social History: Architecture in Context*
Autumn period 2 Archaeology of Nubia* Advanced Late Egyptian*
Spring periods 3 and 4 Thesis work
Each course normally encompasses 7.5 credits and runs at half-speed. Seminars and lectures are the most common forms of teaching. Mandatory course literature is mainly in English but German and French texts may also be included.
On a seminar, you present your ideas and discuss with your classmates regarding a course book or other study material that you are required to read before the seminar; while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.
Assessments vary between courses, but normally consist of oral presentations, written assignments and essays.
A Master's degree in this subject makes you eligible to pursue PhD studies in Egyptology. Above all, it is a certificate that you possess a number of skills required to analyse and administer complex questions without simple answers. Previous students work as, for example, archivists, museum curators or guides, analysts, aid workers, travel guides, cultural writers, editors as well as researchers and teachers at universities.
Although you may think it is difficult to predict what your future career will look like, the survey we made with our alumni shows that a majority of previous students in the programme value their studies in Egyptology regardless of their present occupation.
Career support During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be within the humanities or social sciences. Also required is 120 credits in egyptology including 30 credits in Egyptian languages.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page) where you detail why you want to pursue Master's studies within the programme.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
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