Hebrew and Aramaic Studies (research)

Specialise in the languages and culture of ancient Syria-Palestine. Join the two-year MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations specialisation in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies Research at Leiden University to explore Hebrew and Aramaic Studies in the broadest sense. Learn from internationally-acclaimed academics at a university that is home to the only Chair of both Hebrew and Aramaic worldwide and counts as a major seat of learning in the field of Linguistics in general.

Choose a Master’s in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies (Research) at Leiden University:

  • Explore the literature and culture of Ancient Israel against the backdrop of the world of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible/Ancient Judaism, from its emergence in around 1200 B.C.E. until its disappearance as a political entity in 135 C.E.
  • Become proficient at the ancient languages. Your study will focus strongly on languages, chiefly Hebrew and Aramaic, with optional Phoenician, Ugaritic and other small corpus languages – but also on the region’s wider cultural history with many different possibilities for specialisation (such as Linguistics, Ancient History, etc.). The two-year MA programme will offer ample room for cross-disciplinary work tailored towards your specific needs.
  • Learn from the internationally-acclaimed experts at Leiden University and benefit from the broad range of relevant adjacent disciplines for the study of ancient languages and civilizations as well as from the famous library resources.
  • Earn a degree that qualifies you for a variety of challenging careers including work as a junior academic researcher or PhD student; or for functions outside of academia in which advanced research skills and substantial practical research experience are required such as roles in publishing or teaching, policy-making or within cultural tourism. A substantial number of recent graduates of the Leiden programme are active in research and teaching.

Your focus during the programme will be on the languages and civilisations of ancient Syria-Palestine, but the curriculum can be tailored in such a way that it provides further in-depth training for students with particular interest in Hebrew Bible Studies, Semitic Philology and Linguistics, or the cultural history of the Ancient Mediterranean.

It is also possible to study Hebrew and Aramaic Studies within the one-year Master’s programme Classics and Ancient Civilisations.

Check out the programme in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Classics and Ancient Civilisations (research)
  • Degree Master of Arts in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies (research)
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60039

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