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Egyptology in the Field: Research and Facilities in Egypt


Admission requirements

Regular MA admission.


[12 August 2020] In accordance with the present travel advice issued by Leiden University and KU Leuven concerning student mobility abroad, it is highly unlikely that the ‘Egyptology in the Field’ programme will be able to take place as normal in Egypt during the 2020-2021 academic year. Leiden University stipulates that students may not travel abroad for study-related activities until, at this stage, 1 February 2021. Exceptions may be requested on an individual basis, but only to areas that are classified as green or yellow according to Dutch governmental travel advice. At present Egypt is colour-coded as orange, and thus not susceptible for exceptions. KU Leuven only allows students and staff to travel within the EEA and to Switzerland as of 1 July 2020. Exceptions can be requested for areas outside of the EEA, but not for countries that are on the red list, on which Egypt at the moment is.

While this travel advice may change at any given time over the next few months, it is currently impossible to foresee whether and how an extended educational stay in Egypt will be an option by January-February 2021. Moreover, an important aspect of the programme involves visits of archaeological institutions and missions in the field, many of which have suspended their activities for the present, making it unlikely that this activity can proceed normally. We are therefore developing an alternative, yet academically equally valuable programme to take place in Europe, focusing on collections and institutions in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, taking into account the issues of mobility that exist even within the European Union. We recognise and regret that this cannot fully replace an actual stay in Egypt, but the health and safety of our students and staff take priority.

Course objectives

Acquiring the basic knowledge and experience necessary to conduct (small-scale) research in Egypt, both in the field and in the relevant scholarly institutions of the country.

This research seminar contributes to the achievement of learning outcomes 4a and 4c (to give and write a clear and well-argued oral and written presentation on a research topic in accordance with academic standards) of the study programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations.


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Mode of instruction

Lectures, tutorials and site visits.

Course Load

15 EC (= 420 hours) of which:

  • Semester hours (8 weeks, 35 hours per week) = 280 hours

  • Diary (1 hour per day) = 40 hours

  • Paper (preparation) = 80 hours

  • Presentation (preparation) = 20 hours

Assessment method

The student will be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. A paper based on the collections of several European museums (40%);
  2. A scientific diary (kashkul), which the student has to write throughout programme (20%);
  3. An oral presentation at a museum (20%);
  4. Participation (20%).

Detailed information and expectations of the assignments, presentations and papers will be discussed during the first week. The material has to be gathered during the programme and during visits to other institutes/projects. All assignments have to be submitted before the end of the programme.


Not applicable.

Reading list

Not applicable.


Registration via uSis.

Registration through uSis alone does not suffice. It is compulsory to register with the Leiden coördinator well in advance. Egyptology students will be informed about the procedure by e-mail.

Contact information

Dr. M. (Miriam) Müller (Leiden coordinator)


  • For further information, also on scholarships, contact the Leiden coördinator.

  • It is not possible to follow parts of this course.