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Egyptology in the Field: Research and Facilities in Egypt


Admission requirements

Regular MA admission.


A course of eight consecutive weeks that is taught at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) and on various locations throughout Egypt. It usually includes: (1) a brief introduction to everyday life in Cairo; (2) an introduction to the practical aspects of research in Egypt, including work in museums and scholarly institutes;(3) the in-depth study of a selected number of archaeological or monumental sites, some of which will be visited during excursions. The details of the program are subject to variation.

For an impression of last year’s program, see the NVIC website, but please note that the program is subject to variation annually.

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.


Please consult the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.

More practical information will be provided during one or two meetings with the tutor some time before the start of the programme.

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 collection of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (40%);
2. A scientific diary (kashkul), which the student has to write throughout programme (25%);
3. A presentation at an archaeological site, which will be visited during the programme (25%);
4. Participation (10%).

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.

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.