Faculty of PhilosophyJewish Studies – Master

The degree programme in Jewish Studies considers the Jewish religion, history and culture from the Antique period to the present day. Building on good language skills, the academic course covers different subdisciplines to offer students a methodical and comprehensive degree programme.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions169.25 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
May be studied as a minor subjectYes

Course Content

The consecutive Master’s degree programme in Jewish Studies is intended for students who have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree programme in Jewish Studies, and who wish to further develop their specialist knowledge.  

Graduates of the Master’s degree programme are able to critically reflect on the cultural foundations of society and the Jewish population, they are able to understand, clearly present and analyse data to offer a comprehensive picture of the lived Jewish experience in Germany, Europe and the world, both in the past and in the present day. Students of the Master’s degree programme benefit from the research conducted at the Heidelberg College for Jewish Studies and have a much greater degree of flexibility than they had during the Bachelor’s degree programme to develop their own area of specialisation. 

Students increasingly apply the principles of conducting academic work independently. Their ability to do this is demonstrated through the completion of the Master’s thesis. 

Graduates of the Master’s degree programme in Jewish Studies (major subject) may pursue doctoral studies. 

The degree programme is non-denominational.

Course Structure

The standard period of study is four semesters. Students acquire 100 credits in Jewish Studies and a further 20 credits in a minor subject, studied at Master’s level at Heidelberg University. 

Jewish Studies may also be taken as a minor subject worth 20 credits, as part of a different Master’s degree programme at Heidelberg University. 

The degree programme consists in an extension module and three intensive modules. 

The extension module serves to develop students’ language skills and proficiency throughout the degree programme via practice classes and language courses. Students are therefore able to reach a high level of active proficiency in Hebrew (biblical, rabbinic, medieval, modern), Aramaic or Yiddish. 

For the intensive modules, students select lectures and courses in the various subdisciplines including the Bible, Talmud, history, art, literature, Yiddish studies, philosophy and intellectual history, Hebrew linguistics and Near Eastern studies. All lectures and courses fall within the thematic modules “culture and literature”, “Jewish experience” and “religion and philosophy”. 

Over the course of the Master’s degree programme, students complete one intensive module for each of the three thematic modules. Each intensive module consists in one seminar, and one lecture or practice class. 

Students are generally able to select when they complete each module and the relevant lectures and classes. 

During the project module, students familiarise themselves with the latest research being conducted in a specific field. As part of the project module they may complete a project, act as a tutor or complete a work placement. Students’ first independent research projects inform the methodical approaches taken in the Master’s thesis. 

Students select a subdiscipline in which to complete a Master’s thesis.This concludes the course. In close discussion with, and under the supervision of a lecturer from the subject area, students work independently to explore a clearly defined academic question.

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