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Cologne University is one of the largest research universities in Germany and welcomes students and reseachers from across the globe. The campus is located in walking distance to the city centre with its historical monuments, museums and bustling student life.

Students have access to a wide range of different modules, which cover Egyptian archaeology, the languages and scripts of ancient Egypt, heritage studies and interpretation of the society and culture in Egypt and the Sudan.


Egyptology in Cologne is embedded in a dense research landscape for the study of the ancient world and benefits from its close collaboration with Bonn University. The libraries of the department of Egyptology, African Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, together with the libraries at Bonn University, provide an excellent environment for studying and research.

Egyptology at Cologne was founded after the Second World War. Research initially centred on ancient Egyptian literature and papyrology under the first chair holder Alfred Herrmann (1967-1969).  His successor Philippe Derchain (1969-1992) shaped research at Cologne for the next few decades, with a focus on the literature and religion of ancient Egypt’s later periods. He was succeded by Heinz-Josef Thissen (1992-2005), one of the leading Demotic scholars worldwide. Françoise Labrique (2005-2015) followed in the footsteps of Derchain and combined her interest in the religion of Graeco-Roman Egypt with epigraphic fieldwork in the temples of the Ptolemaic period. The current chair holder Richard Bussmann (since 2016) focusses on social anthropology, archaeological fieldwork in Egypt and the theory led correlation of material, visual and written culture. Further projects at the institute include the Cologne Aswan Summer School in Heritage Studies directed by Heinz Felber and research on the social organisation in ancient Egypt by Anja Kootz.