Study programme

Hebrew and Jewish Studies (Middle Eastern Studies)

Programme structure

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

  • 18 credits for core courses
  • 24 credits for electives
  • 18 credits for a thesis.

Core courses

The Master's in Hebrew and Jewish Studies is built around two core components:

Jewish Studies: Issues, Controversies, Models and Theories

In this course, you will explore the field of academic Jewish Studies. The course is designed to help you place your area of specialisation within the broader field and equip you with the tools to judge and apply the relevant methods and theories.

Term paper

The term paper is connected to the Winterschool in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, which offers an interdisciplinary exploration of a selected theme through a combination of lectures, reading groups, site visits and ateliers.


You can tailor the programme to your own interests through a broad range of electives. Each students trajectory is designed in close consultation with the programme director and study adviser.


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and academic adviser(s).


For information on available internships and the experiences of other student interns, please consult prof. Irene Zwiep, or follow the link below and search for internships for international students in the A-Z list.

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, see:

Credit transfer

Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the research Master's programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.


Published by  Faculty of Humanities

21 November 2017