Faculty of PhilosophyEgyptology – Master

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

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and English
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
May be studied as a minor subjectYes

Course Content

In the Master’s degree programme in Egyptology, students will expand upon the linguistic and subject-specific competencies acquired in the Bachelor’s degree programme in the understanding of the scripts, language, and culture of ancient Egypt. Students pursuing the degree as a major subject will learn the Coptic, and, optionally, Demotic scripts and spoken languages and will gain translation practice through readings of sophisticated source texts from both different text genres as well as different language and script phases. At the same time, students will expand their knowledge of the culture, history, archaeology, and art of ancient Egypt and will extend this through the research of specific questions regarding ancient Egyptian culture. 

Course Structure

The degree programme is divided into two separate areas: “Language” and “Culture”. When taken as a major subject, these consist of two advanced modules. In a specialisation module, students will choose to specialise in either “Language” or “Culture”. 

  • In the Language Advanced Module I, students will learn the Coptic script and language, while in the Language Advanced Module II, reading proficiency will be enhanced through the translation of sophisticated source texts from both different text categories as well as different language and script phases. 
  • In the Culture Advanced Modules I and II, students will expand upon their subject-specific knowledge on a variety of topics through participation in a number of major seminars and advanced seminars. 
  • The specialisation module is designed to provide students the opportunity to choose between expanding language proficiency through studying the Demotic script and spoken language or expanding subject-specific competence by participating in two additional advanced seminars that provide more in-depth knowledge. 

When taken as a major subject, the Master’s degree programme concludes with a written Master's thesis and a final oral examination. 

When taken as a minor subject, linguistic and subject-specific proficiencies will each be expanded in the context of an advanced module. 

  • The Language advanced module will enhance language skills through the translation of Middle Egyptian texts as well as sophisticated source texts from other language and script phases. 
  • The Culture advanced module consists of two major seminars in which in-depth knowledge on a variety of topics within Egyptology will be conveyed.