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.
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.
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.
This course is based at Avenue.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in history or a related subject.
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Your studies will run for a full 12 months on the full-time version of this degree.
In the first part of the course you’ll start developing your research skills, begin preparing your dissertation and complete ‘Jews and Non-Jews: relations from antiquity to modernity’. In agreement with your supervisor you’ll also select an ‘optional’ module that matches your area of interest.
In the second part of the course you'll continue your dissertation work and complete the ‘Public History’ module which looks at how history is communicated to non-academic audiences. You’ll have another opportunity to pick an optional module.
Over the summer period, you’ll complete your 20,000 word dissertation to prove your understanding of what you’ve learned during the course.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
You’ll be taught in lectures and through tutor and student-led seminar discussions. Your written assignments take the form of essays to help you prepare for the dissertation.
A large part of a master’s degree is independent learning. Critical awareness and reflecting on the techniques needed to complete this level of study are skills you’ll develop to confidently tackle your studies.
You’ll also develop your written and oral abilities as well as your language skills which can help to support the research you’ll carry out.
With the agreement of your tutor, you may also be able to study languages such as Hebrew, Greek, Yiddish or German.
You’ll write a 20,000 word dissertation and will receive supervision from a member of the Parkes Institute.
Assessment methods depend on the modules you take, but may include:
- skills exercises
You'll also manage a large independent research project: the masters dissertation. The 20,000 word dissertation will assess how you apply the skills and research techniques you’ve learnt throughout the course.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
When you graduate from this master’s degree in Jewish History and Culture you’ll have the key skills employers are looking for including:
- time management and problem solving
- project management
- cultural awareness
- working independently and as part of a team
- critical thinking and research analysis
You'll be well prepared for careers in archival and museum work, publishing, teaching, community relations and social work.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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