Course Overview

The BA Egyptology offers the study of Egyptian Language, Egyptian Art and Architecture, Egyptian Civilisation and Egyptian History. Egyptology recently achieved overall satisfaction rating of 95% in the National Student Survey (NSS) and is now rated 9th in the Guardian’s rankings out of 21 HEIs.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • Egyptology students can take the Egyptian Collection Practicum module, a four-week session providing practical experience for students on site.
  • Egyptology students have the option of studying a Dissertation or a Museum project at the University’s Egypt Centre.
  • Egyptology students can teach beginners Hieroglyphs to members of the local community during the summer. 
  • Egyptology students can gain teaching experience by leading workshops for the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The student Society of Ancient Studies organises social and cultural events.
  • Swansea University has the Egypt Centre, a unique resource which houses some 3000 archaeological objects, the largest collection of Egyptian material culture in Wales. 
  • History and Classics blog.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Some of our modules run in alternate years. The modules listed below are taught in the current year. We also teach: Egyptian Funerary Artefacts; Ancient Egyptian Religious Beliefs and Practices (Year 2);The Age of Ramesses III; Introduction to Late Egyptian; Six Feet Under: Funerary Culture of Ancient Egypt; Ramesses III: Empire, Invasion, and Conspiracy; Taharqo and the Napatan Period of Egypt and Nubia; Ancient Egyptian Religious Beliefs and Practices.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 1
CLE121Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 2
Optional Modules
Egyptian Compulsory Modules- Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students MUST take AT LEAST ONE of the following modules (students taking CLE122 CANNOT also take CLE112, and students taking CLE113 MUST take CLE112)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 1)
CLE113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian Language 2 (Year 1)Must be taken with CLE112
CLE122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (1st year)
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select enough optional modules to make your total credits up to 120 (after your compulsory modules). To enrol in a TB2 Latin or Greek module you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level of Latin or Greek on request. You should not take modules in more than one beginning ancient language in a year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
CLC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLG106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) II
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLG126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 1)
CLH100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek History and Society
CLH145Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
CLH150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLL106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) II
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
CLL126Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 1)
OR
Languages for All Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select two modules from Languages for All, beginners or intermediate. Modules are worth 10cr each. To enrol in a TB2 module you MUST enrol in the corresponding TB1 module. Staff can advise on the appropriate level on request.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLE214Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules- Selective  

Choose Minimum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select at least FOUR of the following. If you will not be doing language, select THREE. NOTE - CLE231 CANNOT be taken after CLE112/3

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLE221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 2)
CLE222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 2 (Year 2)
CLE225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 2)
CLE226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Middle Egyptian 2 (Year 2)
CLE228Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Culture and Cultural Influence in Ancient Egypt
CLE230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptomania: The reception of ancient Egypt from Antiquity to the present day
CLE231Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ancient Egyptian Language for Archaeology (2nd year)
CLE242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Priestesses and goddesses: The queens of ancient Egypt
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select any remaining credits from the following TB2 modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Roman Comic Novel: Excrement and Sacrament
CLC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading Classical Civilisation
CLC209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament
CLG203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I (post-Beginning Greek Language)
CLG204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language II (post-Beginning Greek Language)
CLG221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Greek Language II
CLG225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 2)
CLG227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 2)
CLG228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 2)
CLH2001Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project; Ancient History)
CLH2002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Religion
CLH230Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
CLH264Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 2)
CLH281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH284Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Writing Ancient History
CLH286Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 2)
CLH294Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (Level 2)
CLL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II(post-Beginning Latin Language)
CLL221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Beginning Latin Language II
CLL225Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 2)
CLL227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 2)
CLL228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2
CLP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient langauges

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CLD300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation
Optional Modules
Egyptian Compulsory Modules- Selective  

Choose Minimum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 60 credits from the following.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLE322Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Old Egyptian (BA)You have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
CLE325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 3)
CLE326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Middle Egyptian 2 (Year 3)
CLE327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Collection Practicum
CLE330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cultural Influence in Ancient Egypt
CLE333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Egyptian Language: Reading Advanced Texts
CLE342Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ancient Egyptian and Ptolemaic Queens
CLE343Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Supernatural Beings and Demons of Ancient Egypt
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the remaining credits from the following.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLC315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Classics in Popular Culture
CLG321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language I
CLG322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language II
CLG325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Greek 2 (Level 3)
CLG327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 1 (Level 3)
CLG328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 2 (Level 3)
CLG329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Greek 3
CLG330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Greek 4
CLH3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Roman Religion
CLH364Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Greek City States (Level 3)
CLH369Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italy before the Romans
CLH381Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History and Archaeology of Roman Britain
CLH386Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Athenian Democracy (Level 3)
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600
CLH394Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (level 3)
CLH397Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Alexander and the Hellenistic world
CLL321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language I
CLL322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language II
CLL325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Latin 2 (Level 3)
CLL327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 1 (Level 3)
CLL328Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 2 (Level 3)
CLL329Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advanced Latin 3
CLL330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Advanced Latin 4
CLP309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Schools work placement: Teaching ancient history and ancient languages

Description

Egyptology covers the language, history, literature, culture and archaeology of ancient Egypt. 

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £16,400

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"In 2000 I came to Swansea University to undertake a degree in Ancient History and Egyptology. Following this I completed my Masters in Ancient Egyptian Culture and I am now studying a PhD in Egyptology. These degrees have been invaluable to fulfilling my life long dream of becoming an Egyptologist and will serve me well in finding a job within the field once I finally complete my studies."

Ken Griffin


Read Gemma Smith, BA Egyptology Graduate's article on "What's it like to study.... Egyptology" on the Independent website.



Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

93.6 per cent* of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and / or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, recruitment, marketing, management, and heritage, working for companies such as:

  • Mercedes Benz
  • English Heritage
  • St Fagans National History Museum

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Ancient Egyptian Culture
  • MA Ancient Narrative Literature
  • MA Ancient History and Classical Civilisation

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Classics, Ancient History and Egyptology. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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