Faculty of PhilosophyEgyptology – Bachelor 50%

Egyptology is the study of ancient Egyptian high culture in all of its aspects. The time span covered comprises approximately 6,500 years, beginning in prehistory in the sixth century 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 (or in exceptional cases also in English)
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

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 about the hieroglyphics and spoken language of the Middle Egyptian period 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 spoken language of Late Egyptian period.

Course Structure

The degree programme is divided into two separate areas: “Language” and “Culture”. Each of these areas includes an introductory, a fundamentals, and an advanced module.  

  • In the Language introductory module, students will learn the hieroglyphics and grammar of Middle Egyptian. At the conclusion of the module, there will be an orientation examination.  
  • In the subsequent Language fundamentals module, students will expand their language skills through the reading of Middle Egyptian texts. 
  • In the Language advanced module, students will further expand their language proficiency through instruction in the hieratic script and grammar of Late Egyptian. 
  • In the Culture introductory module, while students gain language proficiency in the Language modules, they will also participate in a tutorial designed to teach the basics of scientific research. At the same time, two pro-seminars will provide an overview of the culture, history, archaeology, and art of ancient Egypt. 
  • A collections internship and an excursion seminar, concluding in an excursion to a museum, will provide students with an overview of the most significant archaeological monument categories, construction history, fine arts, and handicrafts. 
  • The final advanced Culture module consists of two seminars designed to provide students with in-depth subject-specific proficiency. 

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.