Would you love 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. Each of these courses has been devised by the Egyptologist and author Dr Joyce Tyldesley and attracts 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 courses:
- Queens of Ancient Egypt - This course explores the developing role of Egypt’s queens and royal women throughout Egyptian history, with a particular emphasis on the queens of the New Kingdom and the Ptolemaic Empire.
- Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt - This course explores the nature of some of Egypt’s main gods and goddesses as seen through art, literature, and archaeology.
- Tutankhamen - This course explores the life and times of Tutankhamen through a combination of textual, archaeological, and biomedical evidence and even touches upon the subject of ancient Egyptian curses.
More information about the courses, fees and application procedure can be found on the website. The deadline for the next course intake is 1st May 2015 so there’s still plenty of time to register. Please 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.