Egyptology is the study of the culture and language of Ancient Egypt from the attestation of the first Predynastic cultures in the Nile Valley in the 6th millennium BC to the early Christian Egypt of the first centuries AD. Egyptological study and research combines modern archaeological methods and practises with sophisticated linguistic and philological investigation of ancient texts.
The Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University is the sole institute of higher education in Sweden and one of the very few universities in Scandinavia to offer the subject for full-time students. Our undergraduate programme provides training in all areas of Egyptology from the study of the archaeology of Egypt and Nubia to the language and literature of ancient Egypt. Our staff members are internationally distinguished researchers on their fields and committed to providing first class pedagogy and student guidance. The subject has excellent facilities and resources, including a rich associated collection of Egyptian and Nubian antiquities.
The BA programme has the duration of two years, and it is divided into four academic semesters that correspond to four larger groups of courses Egyptology A, B, C, and D:
During the first semester of your first year you will build up a general framework for your subsequent studies in the form of introductory A-courses on Egyptian history, Egyptian religion, Egyptian art and architecture, and Egyptian language and literature.
Over the B-courses of the next semester you will then build on these foundations by studying Egyptological material culture, Egyptian archaeology, and Middle Egyptian, the classical language of Pharaonic Egypt.
The C-courses will be spent on reading Middle Egyptian texts, studying Old Egyptian, the language of the Pyramid Age (ca. 2500–2150 BC), as well as writing an extended essay on a topic of your own choosing.
Finally, your studies will conclude with D-courses of the second semester of year 2 that comprise a course on project preparation and academic writing common to all students at the department, and a course on Late Egyptian, the language of the Egyptian Empire during the so-called later New Kingdom (ca. 1300–1000 BC). During this semester you will also write an assessed Bachelor’s thesis on an Egyptological subject.
Undergraduate courses in Egyptology may also be chosen by students of a wide range of other subjects, including archaeology, history, linguistics, art history, and theology. Also the training in archaeological field methods and –practises is of potential interest to students taking e.g. anthropology, ecology, or geosciences.
Please browse the individual course descriptions for more detailed information. If you have questions or inquiries, our administrative and teaching staff will be happy to help you.
Why should I choose Egyptology?
Sami Uljas, reader in Egyptology, explains the BA program's direction of The Pharaonic Egypt.