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Egyptology (research) (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University

Our graduates end up working in a diverse range of positions, examples include:

  • PhD candidate at Dutch and international universities
  • Project assistant at a Dutch city council
  • Research assistant at a university
  • Curator at a museum
  • Policy officer at a ministry
  • Communications officer
  • Programme manager
  • Teacher of classical languages at a secondary school

Your qualifications

As a graduate of a Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) programme at Leiden University you are qualified to work as a junior academic researcher in an academic environment or carry out further research work on a PhD programme. It is also possible to find employment within the fields of publishing or teaching, at policy-making departments of governmental bodies, within the education sector, or within cultural tourism.

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University Master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the research programmes of the Faculty of Humanities

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 45.0 % Research
  • 17.0 % Education
  • 8.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 6.0 % Publishing and the book industry
  • 3.0 % Communication
  • 3.0 % Culture, sports and recreation
  • 18.0 % Miscellaneous

Filippo Mi

Graduated in Egyptology (research)

Filippo Mi

“Ever since I had memory, I always wanted to be an Egyptologist. I understood very soon that a solid and dedicated education was necessary to realize my goal. The programme at Leiden University was perfect for my educational needs: thanks to a team of renowned and esteemed Egyptologists, it covers all phases of Egyptian history, spanning from the Predynastic to the Coptic Period; other very specific courses, like Egyptian Epigraphy, taught me essential skills to be applied on the field and helped me to discover my niche in the vast panorama of the Egyptological world.“

“After my Master, I am still pursuing the Egyptological career with a PhD. at the University of Strasbourg (France). Furthermore, I collaborate as a field archaeologist with several archaeological projects all over Egypt. I have always been interested in the perception that ancient people had of the surrounding architecture, and I am now researching the way buildings influenced each other in the organization of space. I started my research with full awareness of the difficulties and challenges that a doctoral path presents and I am convinced that without the solid education I received in Leiden I would not have been able to be academically mature.”

Academic and communicative skills

“Studying Egyptology in Leiden has not only offered me the skills to be a good researcher. It also offered me the opportunity to learn how to communicate and share my research with the academic community. Leiden is a crossroad, where scholars always stop by. They are always invited to share and present their ongoing research, and this made me quickly realize that communication is an essential aspect: a research cannot be completely understood and appreciated if the researcher is not able to present it in an engaging and professional way.”

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 68.0 % found a job within two months
  • 79.0 % found their first job at academic level

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