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The University of Manchester’s Short Courses in Egyptology

Do you want to study Egyptology but are unable to commit to a degree programme? Or do you want to focus on just one specific aspect of Ancient Egyptian history or culture? If so, you may be interested in the University of Manchester’s short courses in Egyptology.

These non-credit bearing courses are 10 weeks long – 6 weeks of taught modules plus 4 weeks to allow for late completion and further discussion – and are taught entirely online through a combination of video lectures, written learning modules, group discussions, quizzes, and independent research.

Online courses in Egyptology. Image credit: The University of Manchester.

These courses were devised by Egyptologists Dr Joyce Tyldesley and Dr Nicky Nielsen and attract students from all over the world. There are two intake sessions each year – May 15th and October 15th – and students who successfully complete all of the activities and regularly take part in the group discussions will be awarded a certificate of completion.

The university currently offers the following short courses:

The pyramids at Giza. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

More information about the courses, fees, and application procedure can be found on the website. Keep in mind that these courses tend to fill up quickly. So if you’re thinking of taking any of these courses, make sure you register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Author’s comments: I took the Tutankhamen course last year and recommend it to anyone who’s interested in the art and history of the Amarna Period. The course materials were all carefully thought out and suitable for most learners regardless of age and academic background. The virtual learning environment is easy to use and access and the discussion forums are a great way to interact with the tutor and fellow students. Although you won’t receive any university credit for completing this course, it’s an enjoyable and affordable way to learn more about the history, culture, and politics of Ancient Egypt.

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