Hebrew and Aramaic Studies (research) (MA)
About the programme
Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) covers two years and can be studied in four programmes, one of them is the Hebrew and Aramaic Studies specialisation. When you choose to study this programme you will both be guided through the broadness relevant sub-disciplines, as well as gradually led to develop your own specific research skills.
The department offers you a wide range of expertise on historical-comparative approaches to Hebrew and Aramaic and on other, less well-known but closely related languages: Ugaritic, Phoenician and Punic, for instance, that are not easily found outside Leiden, are popular subjects here. Your primary focus will be on either Aramaic or Hebrew.
About our Common Courses
With all other Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research) programmes, the ResMA Hebrew and Aramaic Studies shares two compulsory Common Courses. These courses are geared towards connecting the various disciplines and cross-fertilising work in your own specialisation. Students of all specialisations examine cultural phenomena that transcend their own discipline and engage in discussions with fellows from neighbouring fields. Since classes in the research master level always follow recent trends in research, specific topics presented in the Common Courses may change every year.
Tutorial and Elective
Next to the Common Courses, you will follow a tutorial which serves as a first step in the planning of your thesis. Additionally, you take another elective course within your specialisation area.
Thesis and Thesis Seminar
In the fourth semester, you are expected to start writing your thesis. In addition to individual guidance by your supervisor, the Research Career seminar will bolster up your work on the thesis by training you in specific writing and presentation skills. You will also learn, based on your thesis preparation, how to write a research proposal on the basis of academic requirements used by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).
For a more detailed programme, please see the Prospectus.
Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.
Admission and Application
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