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Hebrew and Aramaic Studies (MA)

The master's in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies, a specialisation of the Classics and Ancient Civilizations programme, at Leiden University explores Classical Hebrew and Aramaic Studies in the broadest sense.

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Why study Hebrew and Aramaic Studies at Leiden University?

Hebrew and Aramaic Studies is delivered by internationally-acclaimed experts at Leiden University. You will benefit from a broad range of relevant adjacent disciplines for the study of ancient languages and civilisations – many of them rarely taught elsewhere – as well as from the famous library resources. Leiden University’s Chair of Hebrew and Aramaic actively contributes to scholarship in the field, and classes regularly reflect ongoing research.

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Tailor the programme to your interests

The programme can be tailored towards your specific needs and is known for its close attention to individual interests. Languages and primary sources constitute the backbone; they equip you with a lasting set of tools. You may focus on 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.

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Expanding your scope

Within the limits of the programme, you may also expand your scope by putting a stronger focus on cognate languages: a great variety of pre-modern forms of Aramaic, Phoenician, Ugaritic, and other small corpus idioms, and their contribution to the region's wider cultural history. Electives from other fields offer additional possibilities for specialisation (e.g., Linguistics, Ancient History, etc.).

Find out more about the career prospects

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

Hebrew wall poem in Leiden

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There are hundreds of writing systems in the world. Some of these are commonly known, like our Latin alphabet, the Arabic script, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese characters. But what do you know about the Hebrew alphabet? Check out Dr. Tijmen Pronk's introduction to the writing system of a poem in Hebrew. The poem is part of the famous Leiden Wall Poems.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 57 Education
  • 14 Research
  • 10 Government and semi-government
  • 5 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 5 Publishing and the book industry
  • 5 IT
  • 4 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA Classics and Ancient Civilisations 2016-2020

Hebrew and Aramaic Studies degree

Hebrew and Aramaic Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Classics and Ancient Civilizations and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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