This is the degree for you if you enjoyed studying the ancient world as an undergraduate, and would now like to study Egyptology in greater depth and at a higher level; or if you want to explore this aspect of antiquity and it wasn’t included in your first degree. It allows you to specialise, but also encourages you to branch out into related disciplines and to consider interdisciplinary approaches.
You will study three core modules and three optional modules (from across all of the programme’s pathways), offering the opportunity for interdisciplinary study. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choice, with one-to-one expert supervision.
Why study this course
The IAA at the University of Birmingham is one the UK’s principal centres for the study of Ancient Egypt. Egyptology in the IAA is led by internationally-renowned scholars and commands an impressive record of research and of achievement at postgraduate level. Dr Leahy is co-director of a survey project at Saqqara, west of the step pyramid, while Dr Bommas is conducting research on the remains of the Temple of Chnum on the island of Elephantine.
With such a range of expertise available, you will be supported to explore your specific interests, particularly through the dissertation.
You will study three core modules:
Egyptian Culture in Context, 1100-200 BC
This module provides you with a thorough grounding in this key period for Egyptian history and culture. It covers the dramatic shifts in power and ideology as Pharaonic Egypt clashed first with Persia, then with Alexander the Great, before it finally came into contact with the new superpower: Rome.
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 pathway.
Approaches to Images, Material Culture and Texts
This module invites you to experiment with interdisciplinary approaches. Linked to a series of research seminars by academic staff, the module is a forum in which staff and students work together to identify significant current directions in research, and to explore links, and differences, between academic disciplines.
You will also choose three optional modules, from a range which typically includes:
Egyptian Language (two modules)
Ancient Greek Language
Archaeology of Greece
Creating Europe: Complex Societies 1000 BC – AD 1000
Herodotus and Ancient Worlds
Individuals in History
Myth and Text in Antiquity
Research Project Development
Some of these optional modules will form the core of other pathways.
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2013/14 are as follows:
Home / EU: full-time - £5,130
Overseas: full-time - £13,200
Part-time programme fees are one half of the full-time programme fees.
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Scholarships and studentships
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International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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English language requirements
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