Egyptology (research) (MA)
To be eligible for Egyptology (research) at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.
Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances
The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year.
For this master’s programme this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and will already be allowed to begin the master’s programme on 1 September 2020. The following additional conditions apply:
- You will need a minimum of 165 ECTS of the 180 bachelor’s ECTS to get admission to start the master’s programme of your choice.
- You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2020 at the latest.
This option does not apply for students from non-EER countries, students from applied universities or who are following a pre-master’s programme.
Enrol in and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):
- Please contact the Humanities Admissions Office and mention which master's programme you would like to apply for and that you would like to make use of the option for the special circumstances due to the corona crisis. More information about obtaining the missing ECTS will be shared via your current bachelor's progamme.
- Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
- Request admission in uSis before 15 June
- Re-enrol for the bachelor’s programme before 1 September.
Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 30 September 2020 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 30 September 2020 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.
If you have any questions about admission and enrolment, please use the online contact form to contact the Student Affairs Front Office, using ‘Admission request’ as the subject.
The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:
- A Bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, and you should have knowledge of at least one of the following:
- the grammar of the most important phases of the Egyptian language, of the relevant scripts and of the historical development of the language and scripts;
- the archaeology, the material culture and art history of the region involved;
- the cultural history of the region involved, including its literature, its religion, and its social structure.
For further information on the admission procedure and required application documents please see this web page.
In addition, you must also meet the following qualitative admission requirements:
- Good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for your entire bachelor’s programme and a grade for the bachelor’s thesis of an 8 or higher.
- Affinity with and suitability for scholarly research in the specific field of the programme/specialisation and the ability to clearly report on research.
- Demonstrable motivation to study and suitability for the particular Research MA programme/specialisation.
The qualitative admission requirements will be implemented as follows:
- You are asked to provide a transcript of records and diploma of the relevant obtained academic degree.
- Your motivation and suitability should be demonstrated by a motivation letter in which you indicate why you want to follow the programme and what makes you a good candidate for the research MA programme. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.
- You are required to submit a writing sample (a relevant research paper or Bachelor’s Thesis). In case you are unable to demonstrate via a writing sample that you meet the requirement Please submit a 1,250 word essay as part of the admission process:
- in this essay you must demonstrate an affinity with and specific knowledge of the specialisation
- it must clearly answer a research question, provide a reasonable and reasonably well-organised argument that demonstrates an understanding of the topic of the essay.
In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:
- IELTS: 7.0
- TOEFL (internet-based): 100
- C2 Proficiency (former CPE) or C1 Advanced (former CAE) 185
For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.
Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.