Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

We require successful completion of a master's course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. You are strongly advised to discuss a draft proposal with your proposed supervisor(s) prior to formal application.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our PhD in Egyptology offers students the chance to make a genuine scholarly contribution to the field through their thesis. You may undertake your PhD either full-time or part-time.

Egyptology at Manchester has a long history dating back to the late 19 th century, and we have a broad range of world-class resources which students can utilise as part of their research programme:

  • The Manchester Museum Ancient Egypt and Sudan Collection: Numbering more than 18.000 artefacts from Egypt and Sudan, ranging from the Neolithic to the Islamic Period, the museum offers students access to a large and well-provenanced collection of research materials.
  • The John Rylands Library: The John Rylands Library holds an enviable collection of ancient texts, including hieratic, demotic and Coptic papyri which can also be made available to researchers.

Students also have the chance to participate in archaeological fieldwork both in Egypt and elsewhere as part of their research programme.

Egyptological research at the University of Manchester is characterised by several themes:

  • The role of women in ancient Egypt;
  • New Kingdom and Late Period material culture;
  • Ancient Egyptian ceramics and ceramic analysis;
  • Amarna Period royal ideology;
  • The reception of ancient Egypt from the Medieval Period to modern times;

Egyptology is part of the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology and as such our doctoral students will be able to participate in a vibrant academic environment and engage with specialists across a wide range of disciplines. Papyrological research is also conducted within Ancient History, and projects focused on the papyrus resources located in the Manchester Museum and the John Rylands Library would be welcomed.

At the end of your time at Manchester, you will produce and submit an 80.000 word thesis and defend it in an oral examination (a 'viva').

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures