Joyce is a teaching-focused Egyptologist who teaches almost entirely on-line.
Her research interests include the development of distance-learning (on-line) Egyptology, Egyptian historiography, and the role of women in ancient Egypt. She is currently involved in a research project in collaboration with the Open University, investigating the use of meteorite iron in ancient Egypt.
Joyce is a Reader in Egyptology in the Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology, within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures . She writes and teaches the three year online Certificate in Egyptology, the two year online Diploma in Egyptology and the two year online Master's in Egyptology plus a suite of online Short Courses in Egyptology. She also supervises PhD students.
Joyce studied the archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean at Liverpool University, then obtained a D.Phil in prehistoric archaeology from Oxford University. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton and is a Research Associate of the Manchester Museum. Prior to joining the University of Manchester she taught prehistory and Egyptology at Liverpool University. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Reflecting her interest in outreach, Joyce has published a series of books and articles on ancient Egypt: these include three television tie in books and Cleopatra, Last Queen of Egypt, which was a Radio 4 "Book of the Week". She has published three books for children, and her play for children, The Lost Scroll, premiered at Kendal Museum in April 2011. Tutankhamen's Curse: The Developing History of an Egyptian King (USA title Tutankhamen: The Search for an Egyptian King, won the Felicia A Holton Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America. Her most recent book, published in 2018, is Nefertiti's Face: the Creation of an Icon.