BA Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East

  • Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East

The BA in Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East is a highly innovative, cutting edge programme of study that brings students face-to-face with recent developments and discoveries in the East Mediterranean as well as new and exciting theoretical discussions about material culture, materialities, interconnections and ancient civilisations.

The degree explores a range of case studies relating to the ancient Mediterranean world, with special reference to the interconnections, material culture, history, rituals and heritage of pharaonic Egypt, Nubia, Bronze Age Cyprus, Agean, Mycenaean and Phoenician cultures as well as the early Islamic world. The programme is based upon existing staff expertise and research strength, notably research on ancient Egyptian Funerary rituals and management of the dead and Bronze age art.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 59B2
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Dr Errietta Bissa
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Through archaeology, texts, histories and mythologies, you will explore the variety and diversity of the Eastern Mediterranean societies in a series of linked and inter-disciplinary modules such as Pharaohs, Phoenicians and Peoples of the Sea; Connected Worlds; Hieroglyphs, Texts and Society; Funerary Beliefs in ancient Egypt, plus Towns, Tombs and Temples. Museum trips will allow you to investigate these societies and will help you explore the process by which understanding of the ancient world is acquired, interpreted and then communicated.

In workshops, you will be able to handle and work on hitherto unresearched and unpublished material from several local museums and coming out of excavations of the teaching staff.

  • Pharaohs, Phoenicians and Peoples of the Sea
  • What makes ancient civilisations?
  • Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
  • Data, Methods and Practice
  • Hieroglyphs, Text and Society
  • Funerary Belief in Ancient Egypt
  • Excavation and Fieldwork
  • Post-Excavation and Analysis
  • Death and Burial
  • Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
  • Bronze Age Societies
  • Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Human Evolution
  • Advanced Environmental Techniques
  • Humans and their Environments in Prehistoric Europe
  • Origins and Innovations
  • Medieval Castles in Context
  • Towns, Tombs, and Temple
  • Forensics of a Classical Age
  • Museums, Representation and Identity
  • Small classes with interactive learning, workshop interaction
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in research methods drawing on archaeological, historical, anthropological and heritage expertise of teaching staff
  • Access to Laboratories
  • Use of local archaeological teaching collections and museum resources
  • work on unresearched archaeological material
  • various opportunities for field trips

Assessment methods

The course draw upon a range of different innovative forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1500 words up to 3500 words in length), book reviews, reports, object reviews, catalogue entries, reflective journals, document analysis, exhibitions and displays, article reviews, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to these summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your on written and research work such as help with the assessments which might be unknown to you coming from A-level studies. You will have regular meetings with your Personal Tutor and in your third year with your dissertation supervisor. We are running an Open Door Policy in addition to the regular Office Hours.

The Programme Director for this module is also the Admissions and Recruitment Officer for this programme as well as for the BA Ancient Civilisation, BA Ancient History and Archaeology as well as MArc in Mediterranean Archaeology (Integrated Master) and will deal with all UCAS application for these subjects. The programme requirements are between 96 and 104 points and above or Access to HE Foundation Degree. However we are judging each application on its own merits (the personal statement is of importance as well), and thus will also look at non- traditional routes though which entry may require an interview.

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

Specifically the course opens up employment opportunities in the following areas via acquired professional knowledge and experience as well as transferrable skills:

  • Museum and archive;
  • Local government archaeology;
  • Heritage sector and heritage management;
  • Teaching and education;
  • Volunteer work;
  • Tour guides;
  • Online publishing;
  • Administration;
  • Business and commerce;
  • Local government.