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Classics and Ancient Civilizations (research): Egyptology

Egyptology is a specialization of the Research Master’s program in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This Research Master program is unique in the Netherlands in the breadth of its subject matter, the historical periods covered and the multidisciplinary approach of its study. Characteristic for the Research Master is its focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages, and discussing the different interpretations the texts allow.

Students may specialize in one of four tracks:

See the information page for more details on the program or visit our website.

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

15-20 EC compulsory courses

Common Course: Herodotus and Ancient Civilizations 10
Egyptology in the Field: Research and Facilities in Egypt 15

Electives

Select from the following courses, depending on and in accordance with academic background (10-15 EC):

Egyptian Temple Inscriptions of the Greco-Roman Period 10
Coptic Texts in Context: Option 1: Coptic Papyrology Option 2: Bohairic Coptic 10
Saqqara in the New Kingdom Seminar 10
Demotic Papyrology I 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5
Introduction to Middle Egyptian 10

Extra-curricular course

Late Cursive (Abnormal) Hieratic Papyrology I 10

Second Semester

5 EC compulsory courses

Egyptology in the Field: Research and Facilities in Egypt 15

Research School

Research School Elective: Egyptian Epigraphy 10
Communicating through clay in the Ancient Near East 10

Electives

Select from the following courses, depending on and in accordance with academic background (15-20 EC):

Tell el-Dab’a Seminar 5
Mastaba Seminar 10
Demotic Papyrology II 10
Coptic Papyrology 10
Greek Papyrology 10

Second year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

15 EC compulsory courses

MA Thesis Tutorial Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 5
Common Course: Herodotus and Ancient Civilizations 10

Electives: select 15 EC from the following courses

Documentary Texts from Deir el-Medina and their social and cultural setting 10
Demotic Papyrology III 5
Coptic Texts in Context: Option 1: Coptic Papyrology Option 2: Bohairic Coptic 10

Second Semester

Compulsory courses: 30 EC

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) 25
Thesis Seminar 5

Extra curricular courses

The courses below are offered by the Classics and Ancient Civilizations program (or related programs), and are accessible for all students in the (Research) MA program Classics and Ancient Civilizations. The courses are not part of the Egyptology program, but can be taken as extra curricular courses.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Tutorial Akkadian 10
Tutorial Sumerian 5

Second semester

Sumerian Literature: Gudea 5
Rebel, Prophet, Martyr: Jesus of Nazareth in the Context of his Time 10

Career Preparation

The program of the MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations provides comprehensive training in the languages, literatures and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean region and the Near East. But how will you be able to use your knowledge of the ancient world and your academic skills on the job market? What skills will you develop, and how can you best prepare yourself for the future? We discuss these questions at several moments during the MA program, and there are several opportunities for you to receive more information. We organize job market events and meetings with alumni, and we can help you to find internships.

Thesis Seminar; Internships Leiden Antiquity Network Meetings Humanities Career Service Humanities Career Event Forum Antiquum and Ancient World Network (Lunch Talks) Transferrable Skills Meetings with the Study Advisor

Thesis Seminar

The job market is one of the central topics of the Thesis Presentation and Research Proposal Seminar. The seminar focuses on skills that you need to develop for academic jobs, including PhD positions, as well as many non-academic jobs. These skills include the writing of a conference abstract, the composition of a professional CV, the writing of a research proposal, academic integrity, and the planning of a research career.

Internships

Internships are very useful for students who wish to familiarize themselves with the job market. We have established firm connections with several institutions and companies that have agreed to offer annual internships for students of Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Brill Publishers, Uitgeverij LAMBO, NINO and RMO (the National Museum of Antiquities). Other internships are also possible. The Board of Examiners must approve your internship plan, which can be either part of your study program (10 EC) or extracurricular. For more information, contact the internship coordinator and visit the website Finding and arranging an internship.

Leiden Antiquity Network Meetings

The program annually organizes Leiden Antiquity Network Meetings: at these events students can meet alumni with different jobs. Apart from presentations by alumni about their careers, the Leiden Antiquity Network Meeting may include ‘speed-dating’ sessions for students and alumni.

Humanities Career Service

The Faculty of Humanities Career Service provides Humanities students with professional advice and guidance concerning (international) internships and jobs, courses in career planning and job application, and job application readers. The internship coordinator and the career advisor assist you in exploring your individual interests and abilities, and guide you towards the most appropriate internships and job.
Please consult the Humanities Career Service webpage for more information.

Humanities Career Event

This career day is organised by the Faculty of Humanities. It is meant for students who are preparing themselves for a future career in The Netherlands. There are various things to do during this event. There are inspiring keynote speakers; organisations and companies give workshops about work experience from employees and the career opportunities for Leiden University alumni; and there are also workshops about for example Linkedin, networking, and applying for jobs.
Check out the next Humanities Career Event on Wednesday 10 April 2019!

Forum Antiquum and Ancient World Network (Lunch Talks)

For students who wish to pursue an academic career, there are two lecture series where you can meet scholars and learn about new approaches to the ancient world. Forum Antiquum is the lecture series that focuses on research in Classics. Lectures are organized every other week during the semester on Thursdays. Every semester, a number of national and international speakers are invited, both well-known experts and promising young researchers.
The Ancient World Lunch Talks provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and latest research in an informal atmosphere with an audience of MA and PhD students, Postdocs and Faculty and all interested students. There is free pizza and everyone is welcome to bring lunch!
If you are not in the mailing list and you would like to receive e-mails about the lunch talks, please contact the study advisor.

Transferrable Skills

Your future employers will not only be interested in your knowledge of Classics and Ancient Civilisations, but also in the skills that you have developed during your studies. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of the skills that you are training in your MA programme. The course descriptions in the e-Prospectus tell you which skills you will acquire.
In the MA programme you learn how to analyse a problem, how to formulate a research question, how to select and assess your sources, how to assess secondary literature, how to give a clear and well-argued oral presentation either for specialists or for a wider audience, and how to write a clear and well-argued paper. You will be training the following transferrable skills:

  • critical thinking (formulating questions, checking assumptions, assessing sources and scholarship)

  • analytical skills (selecting, ordering, sorting out, and solving a problem)

  • oral presentation skills (speaking, listening, discussing, receiving feedback)

  • writing skills (reporting, summarizing, presenting an argument, with structure and style)

  • independence (self-discipline, initiative, motivation)

  • project management (planning, demarcation of a topic, discipline, meeting deadlines)

  • flexibility (adapting to changes)

  • creativity (curiosity, developing new ideas and innovative topics)

  • academic integrity (acting with honesty, fairness, and responsibility)

  • collaboration (working together with other students on a joint project)

Meetings with the Study Advisor

Students who have questions about their orientation on career prospects can contact the study advisor of the MA programme Classics and Ancient Civilizations.