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Jewish History and Culture (MA)

Master of Arts
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Discover Jewish history and culture on this master of arts degree at Southampton. Explore its development through the ages and gain a profound understanding of its impact on our world.

When you graduate from this MA Jewish History and Culture you’ll be well prepared for careers in publishing, teaching, community and museum work, or further study.

This degree presents Jewish history and culture within the context of Jewish/non-Jewish relations. You’ll be based at the Parkes Institute, one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations with one of the largest archives of Jewish documentation in Europe.

You’ll be taught by scholars from disciplines including history, English, German and music using the world-class resources of the University’s Parkes Library and Jewish Archives in the main university library.

Learning highlights include:

  • Jews in Egypt
  • Jews and non-Jews – relationships throughout history
  • how history is communicated to the public

You can personalise your course using optional modules. This means you can choose topics that match your career plans or research interests.

You could focus on:

  • the response of the West to the Jewish plight
  • Eastern Europe and Jewish culture
  • Pagans, Jews, Christians and the Roman Empire

This Jewish studies master’s will give you the foundation to consider higher level studies as well as the option to pursue professional and personal development in fields such as teaching, archival work, community relations or social work.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Dr Helen Spurling is Director of the Parkes Institute here at Southampton. Her research focuses on the interpretation of midrashic literature. Helen is also Secretary of the British Association for Jewish Studies, a national organisation promoting Jewish culture and history within UK higher education. Visit Dr Spurling's profile page to learn more.

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.