Develop your expertise in Ancient Egypt with a leading master’s programme. Join the MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations specialisation in Egyptology and acquire a broad and extensive understanding of the linguistic and cultural history of Egypt from the Pharaonic times to Graeco-Roman and Coptic Egypt.
The Egyptology master’s specialisation – the only programme of its kind in the Netherlands – builds on your BA in Egyptology, ancient history, Near Eastern studies or archaeology with a wide range of focused, in-depth topics. Consolidate what you learn in class by experiencing it first-hand during an intensive course on archaeology as practiced in Egypt today.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree in Egyptology you will further deepen the knowledge you gained in your BA; if your bachelor’s degree is related to the ancient Mediterranean world, you will follow a more introductory programme.
During your master’s, you learn from academics engaged in international research projects. Our staff members are currently co-operating with researchers from universities and research institutes in Germany, Egypt, France, Italy, Poland and the United States, on project topics including:
It is also possible to study Egyptology within the two-year Research Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilisations.
Check out the programme in Egyptology
“We offer our master’s students a broad range of opportunities to conduct archaeological research in Egypt.”
“My specialist field is the Graeco-Roman period in Egypt. Starting around 300 BC, there was a transition from Pharaonic culture to modern Hellenistic culture: Egypt then became part of the Eastern Mediterranean world.
I find the process of cultural change fascinating. We are well able to document these changes using all kinds of sources, some of which we ourselves have excavated. Every year I go with a group of master’s students to the Western Desert to carry out research there.
We offer our master’s students a broad range of opportunities to conduct research in Egypt. As early as the second block, they go to Cairo to learn about archaeological research, to visit particular institutions and to meet colleagues.
There is the opportunity for two students – if they are successful in their application – to work in Saqqara on the excavations organised by Leiden’s Egyptology department, in co-operation with the National Museum of Antiquities. Leiden has a long history in the field of Egyptology because of this museum, which, since the start of the nineteenth century has housed a famous collection of Egyptian antiquities.
My specialism is very dynamic. Interesting finds are constantly being made on the many sites under excavation. This is what makes Egyptology so exiting. With their own research and their master’s thesis, master’s students can make a real contribution to this field.”