Research course


Swansea University · Classic Ancient History and Egyptology
MA by researchMPhilPhD

Entry requirements

MA by Research/MPhil - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. PhD - You should hold a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, and you should hold or expect to achieve a postgraduate Master’s degree in a related subject. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

These research degrees allows students to study in depth a topic related to the history, archaeology, religion, languages (all stages of the ancient Egyptian language, including Demotic and the hieroglyphic Graeco-Roman temple texts), literature, and culture of ancient Egypt, including the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.

Particular research strengths include:

• Ancient Egyptian Religion
• Ancient Egyptian Kingship Ideology
• Egyptian Temple Texts of the Graeco-Roman Period (‘Ptolemaic’)
• Gender in Ancient Egypt
• Ancient Egyptian Demonology
• Ancient Narrative Literature
• The Ancient Novel
• Ancient Philosophy
• Ancient Technology
• Archaeology of Roman Egypt
• Graeco-Roman Urbanisation
• Greek Social History (Archaic to Hellenistic)
• Historiography
• History and Archaeology of Asia Minor
• History of Late Antiquity
• Imperialism in Egypt and the Near East
• Roman Republican and Imperial History

Students are encouraged to develop a methodological awareness and are introduced to key concepts and interpretative techniques that shape the study of ancient Egypt. This programme develops research skills needed for high-level work in any field of Egyptology. An invaluable, unique resource is the Egypt Centre located adjacent to the College of Arts and Humanities on the Singleton Park Campus (

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Professor Mark Humphries
+44 (0)1792 602786