The one-year Master's programme Hebrew and Jewish Studies focuses on Jewish culture and intellectual life from antiquity to the present.
A tailor-made programme
Following a general theoretical and methodological seminar, you will take tutorials and/or electives in subjects related to your desired area of expertise. Together with the study adviser and tutors, you will draw up your 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 study Hebrew at the University of Amsterdam?
The Master's in Hebrew and Jewish Studies 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. The programme maintains 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.
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).
The labour market
As a graduate of Middle Eastern Studies, you will be equipped with a broad and thorough understanding of the cultures and societies of the Middle East. You will also be experienced in using available sources to study cultural-historic and social issues. By strategically selecting your courses you will be able to define your own emphasis.
Specialists in the Middle East go on to work in roles both at home and abroad which require an academic level of thought and practice:
- at international companies with branches in the Middle East (as an interpreter/translator);
- at government bodies (Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
- in teaching, journalism and a variety of media companies.
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Last updated October 14, 2018