Egyptology covers the study of Ancient Egyptian language, literature, and culture. You may explore Egyptian art and architecture, Ancient Egyptian history and civilisation, archaeology, religion, gender, and the Ancient Egyptian writing systems.
We are one of the few UK universities where you can study these topics at undergraduate level.
WHY EGYPTOLOGY AT SWANSEA?
Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula,
- 70% of our students achieved a 2.1 honours degree or above (2018).
- Swansea University is ranked in the top 20 for student experience by the Times and Sunday Times, 2018.
- 100% student satisfaction with the quality of the course (National Student Survey, 2018).
Swansea University is proud to be home to the Egypt Centre, which houses over 5,000 archaeological objects from the Wellcome Collection of Egyptian antiquities.
If you so desire, you will have the option to study a semester abroad in a location such as the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, or Singapore, during your second year, or to spend a full year abroad after your second year.
We give you the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience in local schools through our Schools Placement module in the second or third year; if you are considering a career as a teacher this might be attractive to you as instructing others in the basics of the ancient languages is also a good method to consolidate your own learning.
YOUR EGYPTOLOGY EXPERIENCE
All Egyptology students have the chance to interact directly with artefacts in the Egypt Centre. A work placement module, known as the Ancient Egyptian Collection Practicum, is available as part of your degree.
There is a burgeoning volunteering programme operating via the Egypt Centre, whereby you can serve as a gallery or educational assistant, and train to become an educational leader. We strongly encourage you to support the museum’s mission by getting involved in the collection’s preservation, educating students via the schools programme, and widening participation.
Your teaching is enhanced also by our world-leading research, with our staff engaged in projects related to the archaeology, religion, and history of Ancient Egypt. You will be able to attend seminars organised through our guest speaker programmes, run by the Friends of the Egypt Centre and InEPWW. The Egypt Centre recently (September 2018) hosted the first ever annual meeting of the International Committee for Egyptology (CIPEG) to be held in the UK.
During your Egyptology degree, in our close-knit community, you will each have an academic mentor from among the department teaching staff to lend pastoral and academic support. The Egyptology Society, in tandem with the separate Society for Ancient Studies, organises social and cultural events, including museum trips.
EGYPTOLOGY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The department of Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History & Egyptology at Swansea University is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects (the Complete University Guide 2019).
94% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).
Students on this course typically develop excellent abilities in uncovering, marshalling, and presenting evidence. Your analytical and problem-solving acumen will be enhanced. And you’ll garner knowledge not only of a fascinating and remote period of history, but also of how to preserve, treat, and display the objects that have survived from it. Such skills will be deeply attractive to employers from a vast array of professions.
Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of sectors including:
- Museology and heritage
- Media and public relations
- Public service