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 and present), book history, Modern Hebrew and Israeli literature and culture, and Yiddish studies.
In this video the teacher and student of the programme explain how this programme is structured and what the unique aspects are.
Why study Jewish Studies at the UvA?
- Ideal study environment
The Master's in 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 UvA and these institutions host extensive collections, ranging from primary sources to contemporary scholarly literature and material objects. The programme offers ample opportunity to work with original primary sources at Amsterdam’s Jewish heritage collections
- A tailor-made programme
You have the possibility to choose from a wide variety of specialisations and to draw up your own trajectory.
- Winter School in Jewish Studies abroad
The programme offers the International Winter School in Jewish Studies, an excursion to a location somewhere else in Europe or Israel;
- Preparation for the labor market
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.
Amsterdam and Jews have been interconnected for centuries and that is still perceptible and tangible: art, literature, architecture, delicacies at the bakery, the words that you hear on the street... you can’t escape it!Anne-Mieke van Strien, student Jewish Studies Read the interview
After graduation you can start a career in the cultural sector (museums, theatres), in the Jewish infrastructure, as an interpreter/translator at companies with branches in the Middle East, at government bodies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or in journalism. Teaching is also possible.
Middle Eastern Studies is an accredited degree Master’s programme. After successful completion of the Jewish Studies specialisation, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).