Taught course


University of Cambridge · Department of Archaeology

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Students are expected to enter the MPhil in Egyptology from a range of backgrounds:

From undergraduate degrees in Archaeology or Egyptology at the University of Cambridge or similar UK institutions;

From archaeology backgrounds at overseas universities;

From a wide range of cognate fields such as classics, history, geology, or anthropology, with varying amounts of archaeological background;

From practical, often professional backgrounds in field archaeology, museums, or other related activities

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil in Egyptology focuses on the study of ancient Egypt combining teaching in a range of topics with a short research dissertation. The topics are taken from the archaeology, culture and history of ancient Egypt and the study of its ancient languages, including Coptic and Demotic.

The student may follow either an archaeologically or linguistically oriented pathway. The course provides the student with a detailed knowledge of one or more aspects of the cultures of ancient Egypt, with a focus on historical archaeology, landscape and the built environment, art, and the language and/or literature of one or more periods of Egypt's history. With the possibility of borrowing one or two term-long module(s) from other MPhil programmes in the department, the student will have the opportunity to place the specific Egyptian case in context, for example by comparing it with contemporary Mesopotamia, by learning methodologies for particular research projects, or by using it to address general and theoretical issues in the study of early societies and cultural heritage.

This MPhil is appropriate for students who are prepared for postgraduate work and who wish to undertake research in Egyptology, but who need further training in either the language(s) or the archaeology of the region. The student may choose either an archaeological or a linguistic emphasis.

Information for international students

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score

Listening 7.0

Writing 7.0

Reading 7.0

Speaking 7.0

Total 7.5

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score

Listening 25

Writing 25

Reading 25

Speaking 25

Total 110


Score: Grade A & B (overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185 plus a Language Centre assessment)


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 with no element lower than 185).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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