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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    The University of Manchester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Programme description

Our PhD Egyptology programme offers you the chance to make a genuine scholarly contribution to the field through your thesis. You may undertake your PhD either full-time or part-time.

Egyptology at Manchester has a long history dating back to the late 19th century, and we have a broad range of world-class resources which you can use as part of your research programme, including the following.

Egyptology is part of the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology and, as such, our doctoral students will be able to participate in a vibrant academic environment and engage with specialists across a wide range of disciplines. For a comprehensive list of our research interests, please click here

Papyrological research is also conducted within Ancient History, and projects focused on the papyrus resources located in the Manchester Museum and the John Rylands Library would be welcomed.

At the end of your time at Manchester, you will produce and submit an 80,000 word thesis and defend it in an oral examination (a viva).


We aim to:

  • further your development as a scholar, and help you achieve your academic career ambitions as part of a vibrant, wide-ranging and vibrant research community;
  • provide a supportive and inclusive environment for all students;
  • encourage you to publish relevant research and participate in conferences and workshops as part of your academic development;
  • encourage you to undertake undergraduate teaching where appropriate, with guidance and support throughout.

Teaching and learning

The programme is based on contact and meetings between the student and supervisor.

At Manchester, you will have a supervision team consisting of a primary supervisor, a co-supervisor and an independent advisor.

This panel will meet biannually to discuss research progress, participation in conferences, publication strategies and setting realistic and achievable objectives.

Students will also receive support from the Postgraduate Research Officer on more general terms.

As part of your PhD, you will be able to undertake generic research training through artsmethods@manchester , a programme of talks, workshops and events running throughout the academic year, which explores approaches to arts research, research methods and the dissemination of arts and languages research at Manchester.

Coursework and assessment

The maximum length of a PhD thesis is 80,000 words. Assessment is based on the thesis and an oral examination.

Career opportunities

During your time on the programme, you will undertake a broad range of research and skills training to prepare you for a career in universities, museum or other parts of the heritage sector.

Your supervisory team will help you explore and utilise opportunities for building up your CV through participation in staff research projects, fieldwork, museum exhibition work, contributing to public outreach and engagement, and publishing aspects of your research in relevant forums.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Manchester

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  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 33 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    159 81%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%



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