Archaeology of Egypt, Aegean and the Near East

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As a student of this degree, you will have the opportunity to specialise in the archaeology of ancient Egypt, the Eastern Mediterranean and the ancient Near East by engaging with a wide range of different archaeological remains, sites and evidence. Case studies range from the 4th millennium BC to the end of antiquity with particular focus on the Bronze Age.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: AE01
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time;

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Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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The BA in the Archaeology of Egypt, Aegean and the Near East allows students to immerse themselves in a range of topics covering different aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, the ancient Aegean and the Near Eastern Archaeology. While the case studies cover a timeframe ranging from the 4th millennium BC to late antiquity, stress is given to mainly the Bronze Age as well as the early Iron Age. The contemporary relevance of these studies will be highlighted in discussions on heritage and reception aspects.

This programme brings together staff expertise and research strengths to offer students a very broad yet specific and methodologically informed understanding of many viewpoints relevant to these disciplines and areas. Focus is given to material culture studies, research on ancient funerary beliefs and management of the dead, ancient religions and sacred landscapes and anthropology of the past as applied to ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean world in its broadest sense. Students will also embrace the past through texts by learning hieroglyphs. Fieldtrips and the opportunity to train in excavation techniques are also part of this programme.

Typical modules in 2018/2019 include, for example (subject to change):

  • Pharaohs, Phoenicians and People of the Sea
  • Hieroglyphs - Getting you started
  • Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
  • Amarna: Materiality of a Religious Revolution
  • Ancestors, death and burial
  • Gendered Lives in Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Lives in Death
  • Entanglements: exploring interactions between the Aegean and the Near East.
  • Origins: the Emergence of Civilisations
  • What Makes Civilisation?
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Thinking through Archaeology (Independent Project)
  • Animals in Archaeology
  • Excavation and Fieldwork
  • Museum, Heritage and Representation
  • Thinking with Things
  • Armies and Navies: Studies in Ancient Warfare
  • West meets East: Graeco-Roman interaction with India
  • 10,000-word dissertation

1. Our students will study a wide range of different modules and topics encompassing the Eastern Mediterranean including Egypt in a specialised and comparative way.

2. Following an innovative immersive learning approach, this programme focuses on the material culture in conjunction with textual evidence and heritage aspects.

3. We believe in interactive small-group classes with high student engagment complemented by overview lectures, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, and seminars.

4. Our staff is research active and acknowledged as experts in their field. This research informs directly the teaching and gives opportunities for students to be part of research projects providing a cutting-edge teaching environment.

5. Students are encouraged to choose elective modules from other humanities disciplines and to learn ancient languages.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, 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 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 also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your work, for example asking for advice on the structuring of essays or writing technique, or seek feedback on a specific assignment.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

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 offers employment opportunities in the following areas: 

  • Heritage sector and heritage management
  • Teaching and education
  • Tourism and tourism management
  • Volunteer work
  • Tour guides
  • Online publishing
  • Museum and archive
  • Local government archaeology
  • Administration
  • Business and commerce
  • Local government
  • Media and Publishing
  • Business and Commerce
  • Teaching
  • Library and Information Services
  • Further Study

UK/EU Tuition Fees
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Overseas Tuition Fees
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Bursaries and Scholarships
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

The faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Fieldtrip module: c. £500-£700

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Ancient History with Ancient Egyptian Culture at UWTSD, it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.