V330 MA Jewish History and Culture (1 yrs)

First launched in 1997, the MA programme offers a rich encounter with the main currents in Jewish history and culture through the ages, drawing on and fostering the use of many different scholarly disciplines.

Programme Overview

Reflecting the heritage of James Parkes’ scholarship, on which the Parkes Institute is founded, the programme places a distinct and unique emphasis on studying Jewish History and Culture within the broad framework of the study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations. The course of studies builds on the world-class resources of the University’s Parkes Library and Jewish Archives in the University Library, and is taught by a well-established team of scholars drawn from disciplines including history, English, German and music, brought together within the Parkes Institute. The course also offers a partnership module in accordance with the London Jewish Culture Centre (LJCC).

The programme attracts students from a very varied range of backgrounds and academic interests. For many of these students, the MA provides the foundation for doctoral studies, but for many others the course offers other opportunities for professional and personal development in fields such as teaching, community relations or social work.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

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Application process and required supporting documents

  • University online application including a personal statement
  • Transcript
  • 2 references
  • English language (if relevant)

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Programme Structure

This programme is divided into 180 credits. 105 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 75 credits relating to the dissertation.

Key facts

  • Duration: 1 year (full time); 2 years (part time)

    Start date: October

    Funding: A limited scholarship scheme is operated on a competitive basis by Humanities. Applicants are also eligible to apply for the Institute's Ian Karten Studentships and other funding opportunities.

    Closing date: 1st September

    Dissertation Length: 20,000 words

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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements


First- or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in History or a related subject.

English Language

IELTS 6.5, or equivalent in other approved English language test.

Selection process:

Intake: 12
Average applicants per place: 2

Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or equivalent in History or a cognate discipline.

English language entry requirements:   IELTS 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening & speaking, or equivalent.

Selection process: Online application

Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course

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Typical course content

The programme combines training in research skills and historiography with an introduction to key concepts in Jewish History and Culture and Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

Year 1

Students may choose any MA module from those offered by Humanities, but must contact their MA Convenor in the first instance.

Students studying this programme at the London Jewish Cultural Centre must take Approaches to Modern Jewish History & Culture as a compulsory module that runs across both semesters and is worth 60 CATS credits (this module is only available to the London cohort).

Students studying this programme at the University of Southampton must take Jews and Non-Jews: relations from antiquity to modernity as a compulsory module that runs in semester 1 and is worth 30 CATS credits (this module is only available to the Southampton cohort).

Semester Two

Students taking HIST6104 Approaches to Modern Jewish History and Culture as a compulsory module in the first semester must continue this module as compulsory in the second semester.


Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Learning and teaching

A postgraduate degree from Humanities at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the additional skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of areas or to go on to further research.

How will you learn?

On a postgraduate taught programme teaching is led by academic staff, allowing you to engage with, and contribute to, the world-leading research carried out in Humanities at Southampton. You will complete a core programme of research skills development in tandem with a series of modules which you select according to your personal aims and objectives. Each programme offers a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics who are experts in their chosen fields of research and who wish to engage you with their experience.

The taught modules use individual oral presentations and a combination of tutor- and student-led seminar discussion and interaction. Individual written assignments in the form of essays and dissertations are another key teaching method. Research for the module essays serves to prepare you for the dissertation. You will find yourself challenged intellectually and exposed to new ideas, approaches and perspectives.

A large part of postgraduate study is independent learning. Programmes will develop your critical awareness, encouraging you to reflect on the methodologies employed in further study and to apply these to the reading and research you undertake as part of your degree.


You will be assessed by traditional means, of essays and, in some cases, presentations, however in the Research Skills module assessment is based on a portfolio of skills exercises. You will also manage a large independent research project: the masters dissertation. The 20,000 word dissertation is a core element in establishing the acquisition of appropriate skills and the application of research techniques. Your supervisors will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

Professional development

A masters degree will enable you to further develop the key skills employers seek such as: time management; problem solving; team work; deadline and project management; cultural awareness; working independently; using your initiative; relationship-building; critical thinking and research analysis. Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.

Career Opportunities