Programme Egyptology

The Master programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Egyptology is a one-year programme that covers most of the linguistic and cultural history of Pharaonic, Graeco-Roman and Coptic Egypt. All students visit excavations and research projects in Egypt and will learn about the department’s own field and research projects, including excavations at Saqqara and the Dakhla Oasis. The staff members co-operate with fellow researchers from universities and research institutes from various countries on project topics covering: Egyptian art history, Egyptian archaeology, Egyptian religion, Coptic Egypt, Social and economic history of Ancient Egypt. The wide-ranging research activities form an integral part of the educational programme.

Programme information

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The master's programme comprises 60 EC, spread over two semesters. In the first semester, students take several courses up to a total of 30 EC, depending on their previous skill and experience in Egyptology. All students follow a programme based on their individual background. Courses offered are: Egyptian Temple Inscriptions of the Graeco-Roman Period (for those with a profound knowledge of Middle and Late Egyptian), Amarna Seminar and Demotic Papyrology, or, for those without a firm background in Egyptology: Introduction to Middle Egyptian and Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology.

Egyptology in the field (Cairo) 
From January to March students take the course "Egyptology in the Field: Research and Facilties in Egypt", which is taught in Cairo. All students are, in principle, required to participate in the programme which is organised at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (Egypt) every year.

In the second semester students write their master's thesis (20 EC) and take another 5/10 EC course, either  a course in Papyrology (Demotic 2, Coptic or Greek), Seminar Mastabas/Old Kingdom elite tombs or Deir el-Medina Seminar

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Egyptology section of the Prospectus for more information.

Form for approval programme

Students are required to hand in the form "Approval Master Programme" to the Board of Examiners. This form is filled in at the start of the study. To fill in this form, students first make an appointment with the Co-ordinator of Studies, in order to check whether or not their study plans meet the requirements of the Master programme. The Co-ordinator of Studies sends the form to the secretary of the Board of Examiners for final approval.

Timetables and calendar

  • The timetables for Egyptology will give you the locations and scheduling of your classes, organised per year of study.

  • The academic calendar provides an overview of course schedules, examination periods and holidays.

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

Co-ordinator of Studies

For practical issues and information concerning the Master's programme students may refer to the Co-ordinator of Studies. The Co-ordinator of Studies is available for advice pertaining to progress and delay, personal circumstances and exam regulations.

Graduation and deregistration

Master students who have completed the Master programme can apply for their graduation. See the Graduation page for more information about the graduation procedure, the regulations concerning the Master thesis, and the process of deregistration from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All rights and obligations of students in the faculty of Humanities are stated in regulations, the most important of which are indicated below.

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards and committees

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.


Practical questions can be directed to: