Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research): Egyptology

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

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The research MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations specialisation Egyptology at Leiden University is unique in the Netherlands and explores Ancient Egypt as a major player in world history.

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typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
During the Egyptology research MA you will focus on Ancient Egypt from its earliest beginnings to its role as a major player in history from the Bronze Age through to the Christian period.

You will join an acclaimed research master's programme that has its roots in the 19th century, when the city's National Museum of Antiquities acquired its famous collection of Egyptian antiquities. You will benefit from a combination of tradition and leading-edge international scholarship.

The programme is delivered by academics who are pre-eminent and active scholars in the field and whose wide-ranging research activities include Egyptian mortuary inscriptions, archaeological and epigraphic field work in Egypt, and Coptic magical texts.

You will be able to access the resources of one of the world's most reputable Egyptological libraries, the library of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO), giving you ready access to the library's extensive materials for your study and research.

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Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

  • The MA research specialisation in Egyptology is the only programme of its kind in the Netherlands.
  • It is an acclaimed research master's programme that has its roots in the 19th century.
  • You will have access to the resources of the library of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO), one of the world's most reputable Egyptological libraries.


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opbouwFor an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: The subjects can vary from year to year.
1e jaar All Classics and Ancient Civilisations specialisations share two compulsory core courses which are geared towards connecting the various disciplines involved.

The first of these common courses, 'The Commentary', focuses on one of the most distinctive literary genres common to all five literary traditions involved and thus provides a suitable methodological background.
Common Course: Commentary: Paratext and Metatext
10 EC
Egyptian Temple Inscriptions of the Graeco-Roman Period keuzevak
10 EC
Amarna Seminar keuzevak
10 EC
Introduction to Middle Egyptian keuzevak
10 EC
Demotic Papyrology I keuzevak
10 EC
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology keuzevak
5 EC
Research School Elective: Egyptian Epigraphy keuzevak
10 EC
Egyptology in the Field: Research and Facilities in Egypt
15 EC
Deir el-Medina Seminar keuzevak
5 EC
Seminar Mastabas/Old Kingdom elite tombs keuzevak
10 EC
Demotic Papyrology II keuzevak
10 EC
Greek Papyrology keuzevak
10 EC
2e jaar The second core course, 'Cultural contact in the Hellenistic world', focuses on the high degree of cultural interaction between the Western Mediterranean and the Indus Valley were that followed the conquest of Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C.E. A comparative presentation of key phenomena resulting from the 'Hellenisation and Romanisation of the East' and the 'Orientalisation of the West'.
Common Course: Commentary: Paratext and Metatext
10 EC
MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research)
5 EC
Research School Elective: Egyptian Epigraphy keuzevak
10 EC
Amarna Seminar keuzevak
10 EC
Documentary Texts from Deir el-Medina and their social and cultural setting keuzevak
10 EC
Demotic Papyrology III keuzevak
5 EC
Coptic Papyrology keuzevak
10 EC
Thesis Presentation and Research Proposal
5 EC
MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research)
25 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet70% zelfstudie
20% theorie
10% praktijk
case study, excursion, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, project, seminar, internship, tutorial, working group, workshop, self study
The objectives of the Research Master's programme in Classics and Ancient Civilisations are:

  • The broadening and deepening of knowledge, insight, skills and use of methodology in the field of Classics and Ancient Civilisations studies;
  • The furtherance of academic and professional training;
  • Preparation for an academic career in universities, and/ or post-graduate education and for functions outside of academia in the public or private sector.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend


You are required to submit a writing sample (a relevant research paper or Bachelor's Thesis). In case you are unable to demonstrate via a writing sample that you meet the requirement Please submit a 1,250 word essay as part of the admission process. See for more information

Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for their entire bachelor's programme and a grade for the bachelor's thesis of an 8 or higher.

You are asked to provide a transcript of records and diploma of the relevant obtained academic degree.

Knowledge of at least one of the following:
* the grammar of the most important phases of the Egyptian language, of the relevant scripts and of the historical development of the language and scripts;
* the archaeology, the material culture and art history of the region involved;

  • the cultural history of the region involved, including its literature, its religion, and its social structure.

A Bachelor's degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree

Your motivation and suitability should be demonstrated by a motivation letter in which you indicate why you want to follow the programme and what makes you a good candidate for the research MA programme. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


25 studenten volgen deze opleiding
52% daarvan is vrouw
2 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
100% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Tori Finlayson
Tori Finlayson - Student Testimonial Egyptology Leiden University

Experience in Egypt
I chose the Leiden University Egyptology master's programme because I was excited to find a programme that offers real experience in Egypt and that has a strong tradition in language. Part of the programme at Leiden in taught in Cairo, something not a lot of other master's programmes offer.

During my coursework at Leiden, I was able to work one-on-one with my professors...
The curriculum options at Leiden really allow you to make the programme your own.

Cairo semester
Overall, the Cairo semester is really the jewel of the Leiden Egyptology programme. It gives you the opportunity to conduct original research in Egypt, as well as to connect with professionals in the field, from around the world. Living in Egypt for two months and working with a foreign Institute (the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo), is an opportunity not given to many master's students. The Cairo semester is an invaluable experience that has made my time at Leiden meaningful.

I have recently been offered a job at the University of Arizona as a research specialist after I finish the master's programme here in Leiden and I will be applying to PhD programmes in the fall. The programme at Leiden has prepared me for the next step in my education.

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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research): Egyptology aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 11 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.4 uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

As a graduate you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme. Those not wishing to pursue an academic career might consider a position for which an academic level of thinking and working is required. Career options open to you include working within the fields of publishing or teaching, at policy-making departments of governmental bodies, within the education sector, or within cultural tourism.

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Coordinator of Studies Classics and Ancient Civilizations (MA Research): Egyptology

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