Three modules to be chosen, as well as 120 credits achieved through a 20,000 word supervised research project on a topic of your choice.
Ancient Egyptian Language
This module furthers your knowledge of whichever phase of the ancient Egyptian language is most relevant to your chosen research project.
Texts and cultural construction
This module looks into unpublished texts such as papyri or tomb inscriptions, developing your editing skills and grammar analysis. At the heart of this module is contextualising texts within their original setting through comparison with archaeological data. By the end of the course you will have the linguistic knowledge necessary to edit and publish ancient Egyptian texts for the purposes of historical research or religious or cultural studies.
Theory and Practice of Archaeology
This module incorporates unpublished objects in the Eton Myers Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art at the University of Birmingham. It includes archaeological stratigraphy; relative and absolute chronology; field survey and geophysical techniques; archaeological recording on site and in the museum; pottery typology; draughting and photography; data presentation and publication techniques.
Ancient Egyptian Religion
This module explores diverse aspects of religion in ancient Egypt, from ideas about creation, the gods and the afterlife, through personal religion, temple cult, and the interrelationship between religious and political authority to funerary religion and its literature. It will draw on all available sources, including textual, archaeological and pictorial as appropriate and on all periods of ancient Egypt.
Egyptian Culture in Context, 1100-200 BC
This module provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of Egyptian political, social and cultural history from the end of the New Kingdom to the creation of a Macedonian Greek dynasty. This is a fascinating era and one that has only really begun to be explored in recent decades. This is a period during which the country witnessed the settlement of Libyans, invasions of Nubians, Assyrians and Persians, and the arrival of Greeks as traders and soldiers, yet remained essentially pharaonic while constantly responding to the new stimuli.
This module will help you to develop the skills necessary for graduate level research, introduce you to the latest methods and techniques for interpreting primary sources, and demonstrate how to make critical use of scholarly works. You will learn how to define and approach interesting research questions, and develop an overview of the fields of scholarship most relevant to your research.
Other modules, for example on Egyptian ceramics or on personal religion in Ancient Egypt, may also be available. You will be advised on the choice of topics appropriate to your level of knowledge and your research interests when you apply.
Please note that the optional modules listed on the website for this programme are intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.