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Egyptology in the Field: Research and Facilities in Egypt


Admission requirements

Regular MA admission.


A course of eight consecutive weeks 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 the program, see the NVIC website, but please note that the program is subject to variation annually.

Please note that we will act in accordance with the travel advice issued by Leiden University and KU Leuven concerning student mobility abroad. The university generally only allows travel to areas that are classified as green or yellow according to Dutch governmental travel advice. This means that the time in Cairo will depend on the colour code of Egypt. We will keep you updated on any developments.

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.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, tutorials and site visits.

Assessment method

The student will be evaluated on the basis of:
1. A paper based on the collections of Egyptian Museum Cairo (40%);
2. A scientific diary (kashkul), which the student has to write throughout programme (20%);
3. An oral presentation at a site (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.


The resit assignment will be determined in consultation with the lecturer.

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.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar. Dr. M. (Miriam) Müller (Leiden coordinator)

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal


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

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