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Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Egyptology

Egyptology is a specialization of the Master’s programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations. This Master programme 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 Master is its focus on reading ancient texts in their original languages, and discussing the different interpretations the texts allow.

The student may specialize in one of four tracks:

Please consult the information page for more details on the program and visit our website.


Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Students choose 30 ec in total (February 2016 start: 10 ec).

Egyptology in the Field: Research and Facilities in Egypt 15

Elective(s): select from these courses with a minimum total of 15 EC in accordance with your academic background

Egyptian Temple Inscriptions of the Graeco-Roman Period 10
Amarna Seminar 10
Demotic Papyrology I 10
Introduction to Middle Egyptian 10
Selected Topics in Egyptian Archaeology 5

Extra Curricular Course Egyptology

Late Cursive (Abnormal) Hieratic Papyrology I 10

Second semester

MA Thesis Classics and Ancient Civilizations (incl. seminar) 20

Elective(s): select one or more of these courses with an minimum total of 10 EC

Deir el-Medina Seminar 5
Seminar Mastabas/Old Kingdom elite tombs 5 or 10
Demotic Papyrology II 10
Coptic Papyrology 10
Greek Papyrology 10

Extra curricular

The courses below are offered by the specializations Assyriology and Classics (History), and are accessible for all students in the (Research) MA program Classics and Ancient Civilizations. The courses are not part of the regular MA program of your own specialization, but can be taken as extra curricular courses.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester

The Gilgamesh Epic in Context 10
Tutorial Akkadian 10
The Sumerian Language: Structure and Analysis 10

Second Semester

Priests and Temples: Babylonian Religion in Practice 10
Between Jerusalem and Rome: Judaism and Christianity in the First Century 10
Trade and Economy in Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia 10