MA Middle Eastern Studies: Hebrew and Jewish Studies

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MA Middle Eastern Studies: Hebrew and Jewish Studies

University of Amsterdam

The Master's programme Hebrew and Jewish Studies focuses on Jewish culture and intellectual life from antiquity to the present. It offers students the possibility to acquire a thorough specialisation in the field of their choice.

Following a general theoretical and methodological seminar, each student will take tutorials and/or electives in subjects related to his/her desired area of expertise. The students together with the study adviser and tutors draw up their own trajectory. The staff participating in the programme cover a broad range of subjects, periods and approaches: Second Temple period and ancient rabbinic Judaism, medieval culture, with particular emphasis on philosophy and history of the sciences, early modern and modern cultural and intellectual history (including Amsterdam’s Jewish past), book history, Modern Hebrew and Israeli literature and culture, and Yiddish studies.

Why studying Hebrew at the University of Amsterdam?

The programme is situated in a city rich in Jewish life and infrastructure. Local institutions include the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, the Ets Haim/Livraria Montezinos, the Jewish Historical Museum, and the Municipal Archive. Together the University of Amsterdam and these institutions host extensive collections, ranging from primary sources to contemporary scholarly literature and material objects. We maintain excellent connections with other departments within the university as well as other academic and Jewish institutes, where students can find additional expertise. Thanks to the staff’s national and international networks, most graduates find jobs in their area of expertise.

Degree certificate

Middle Eastern Studies is an accredited degree Master’s programme. After successful completion of the Hebrew and Jewish Studies specialisation, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Programme structure

The Master's programme Hebrew and Jewish Studies comprises 60 EC:

  • 42 EC for core courses (on methodologies and controversies in Jewish Studies) and electives,
  • 18 EC for a thesis.


The program in Hebrew and Jewish Studies is built around the following components:

  • the research seminar Jewish Studies: Issues, Controversies, Models and Theories (12 EC, semester 1, period 1-2), which offers an exploration of the field of academic Jewish Studies. The course is designed to help students place their area of specialisation within the broader field and equip them with the tools to judge and apply the relevant methods and theories.
  • the individual Term Paper (6 EC, semester 1, period 1-2).
  • the MA thesis (18 EC, semester 2, period 2-3).
  • in the remaining 24 EC students take tutorials or electives in subjects related to their area of expertise. Each individual trajectory is designed in close consultation with the program director and study adviser.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
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End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €13,400 per year.