Master's Programme in Egyptology

120 credits

Programme syllabus, HEG2M

Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Arts, 30 August 2022
Registration number
Responsible faculty
Faculty of Arts
Responsible department
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

Also required is 120 credits in Egyptology including 30 credits in Egyptian languages.

Language requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at


The master's program in Egyptology will provide in-depth knowledge in problem formulation and in the analysis and interpretation of Egyptological material, iconographic or written source material, which leads to a larger publishable individual scientific work (master's thesis). The program aims to impart methodological and analytical skills that are necessary to be able to independently and critically carry out investigations in the subject area of Egyptology at the level required for qualified professional activity and research studies in the field.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

After completing the program, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main area of ​​the education, including both broad knowledge in the area as well as significantly in-depth knowledge in certain parts of the area as well as in-depth insight into current research and development work; and
  • demonstrate in-depth methodological knowledge within the main area of ​​the education.

Skills and Abilities

After completing the program, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and manage complex phenomena, questions and situations even with limited information;
  • demonstrate the ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate questions, to plan and with adequate methods to carry out qualified tasks within given time frames and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work;
  • demonstrate the ability to, in both national and international contexts, orally and in writing clearly explain and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that underlie them in dialogue with different groups; and
  • demonstrate such skills as are required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other qualified activities.

Evaluation ability and approach

After completing the program, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main area of ​​the education with regard to relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects,
  • demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work;
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used; and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify their need for additional knowledge and to take responsibility for their knowledge development.

Layout of the programme

The master's program is two-year long, with the possibility of taking a magister degree after one year.

The first semester of the program consists of a course that is taken with the department's other subjects as well as three courses in the main area. During the second semester, students study two optional courses and two courses within the main field. During semester three, students take a course in GIS and three courses in the main field. Semester four is devoted entirely to the degree project. There is an opportunity to do an internship within the program. The students have opportunities to participate in international student exchange through the exchange agreement of the university and the department.


Instruction will be in English and consists of lectures, seminars, discussion groups and independent work. The thesis is supervised by teachers with relevant specialist skills.

The program coordinator is responsible for establishing an individual study plan with each student on the program. The individual curriculum is established at the beginning of the education and is followed up continuously.


The program leads to a philosophy master's degree with Egyptology as the main field. The program can be completed with a philosophy magister degree after one year.