Postgraduate taught 

Classics & Ancient History MSc

Topics in Ancient Egyptian Culture 1 CLASSIC5073

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course explores in detail key issues of historical and cultural importance in ancient Egypt, moving from developments in kingship to an overview of the mechanics of administrating Egypt, using case studies concentrating on some of Egypt's most powerful officials. There is also a focus on the key forces that shaped Egyptian culture, like environment and its effects on economy, and relations with the outside world.


2 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Block1: Tuesday 4-6pm

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,500 words) - 50%

Seminar presentation (10 minutes) - 20%

1 Site/Object Case Study - 30%

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Introduce students to key characteristics of Egyptian society through diachronic cultural case studies, focusing on those in positions of power.

■ Explore the effects of environment, belief systems and foreign interactions on the shaping of Egyptian culture.

■ Encourage students to use primary source material and to critically analyse secondary source material to explore social and cultural topics and to express their opinions in a variety of media.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Apply a confident understanding, both in written and spoken form, of how ancient Egyptian society was structured and how it developed over time.


■ Define and evaluate the key social and cultural themes that underlie and inform the wider course of Egyptian history from the point of view of the ruling groups.


■ Employ familiarity and confidence in handling primary and secondary material and using them in their own analyses of key topics.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.