Faculty of PhilosophyEgyptology – Bachelor 50%

Egyptology is the study of ancient Egyptian civilisation in all of its aspects. The time span covered comprises approximately 5,500 years, beginning in prehistory in the fifth millenium B.C.E. and ending with the Arab conquest of Egypt in 641 C.E. The geographical region to be examined consists of the Lower Nile Valley and its neighbouring regions.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions171.80 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme as a major subject provides the foundation for developing linguistic and subject-specific competency in understanding the scripts, language, and culture of ancient Egypt. Students will learn the hieroglyphic script and the Middle Egyptian language and will gain insight into the culture, history, archaeology, and art of ancient Egypt. Language skills will be expanded during the second half of the degree programme through instruction in the hieratic script and the Late Egyptian language level.

Course Structure

The degree programme is divided into the areas “Script and Language” and “Religion, Archaeology, History, Literature, Methodology”. Each of these areas includes an introductory, basic, and specialised module.

Script and Language:

  • In the introductory module, students will learn the hieroglyphic script and the Middle Egyptian grammar.
  • In the subsequent basic modules, students will expand their language skills through the reading of Middle Egyptian texts.
  • In the specialised modules, students will further expand their language proficiency through acquisition of the hieratic script and the Late Egyptian grammar.

Religion, Archaeology, History, Literature, Methodology (in parallel to the language modules):

  • In the introductory area, students attend a lecture and a preparatory seminar after which they will have an overview of ancient Egyptian civilisation and general research areas of Egyptology. The associated practice class teaches the basics of scientific work.
  • As part of the basics area, students take two main seminars in which they acquire basic knowledge on religion and world views as well as archaeology and art history in ancient Egypt. In either a practice class in the Egyptian collection or alternatively an internship, as well as during a field trip, the focus will be on museums, Egyptian collections and practical skills.
  • The specialisation area will emphasise methodology as well as either more in-depth investigations of text and script culture (main seminar) or interpretations of specific issues in Egyptology (lecture and practice class).

Along with the Egyptology courses, students will also gain cross-disciplinary skills in a “Cross-Disciplinary Competencies” module.

The Bachelor’s degree programme as a first major subject concludes with a written Bachelor's thesis and a final oral examination; when taken as a second major subject, it concludes with a final oral examination.