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Master of Studies in Jewish Studies

  • 1. Before admission to the course, candidates must satisfy the Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies that they possess the necessary qualifications to profit by the course.

  • 2. Every candidate must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in Jewish Studies.

  • 3. There will be two tracks: Syllabus A and Syllabus B:

  • Syllabus A:

    • Unit (i) Three terms of either Biblical Hebrew, or Modern Hebrew, or Yiddish. Written examination will take place at the end of Trinity Term.

      Unit (ii) Two options, one option to be taken in Michaelmas Term and one option to be taken in Hilary Term.

      Unit (iii) A thesis of not more than 15,000-words (excluding bibliography), on a topic selected in consultation with the candidate's supervisor and approved by the Faculty Board. Applications for such approval should be submitted to the Faculty office by Monday of Week 0 of Hilary Term. The thesis must be submitted to the University approved online assessment platform not later than 12 noon on Friday of  Week 6 of Trinity Term. The work must bear the candidate’s examination number (but not the candidate’s name, which must be concealed). Candidates must include a declaration that the work is the candidate’s own.

  • Syllabus B:

    • Unit (i): Three terms of either Biblical Hebrew, or Modern Hebrew, or Yiddish. Written examination will take place at the end of Trinity Term.

      Unit (ii): Four options to be taken in Michaelmas Term, Hilary Term or Trinity Term. Options examined by essay must be taken in Michaelmas or Hilary Term.

  • 4. A list of options for unit (ii) will be published in the Course Handbook.

    The method of examination will be either by three-hour written examination held at the end of Trinity Term or by essay examination. The method of examination of each option will be determined in advance and will be published in the course handbook. The essay topics will be published on the Friday of Week 8 of the term in which the option is taught. Candidates will be contacted with details of how to collect or access the question paper. The essay examination will consist of two essays of not more than 2,500 words each for Syllabus A and not more than 3,000 words each for Syllabus B. Each essay must be submitted to the University approved online assessment platform by 12 noon on the Friday of Week 0 of the term following that in which the option was taught. The work must bear the candidate’s examination number (but not the canidate’s name, which must be concealed). Candidates must include a declaration that the work is the candidate’s own.

    5. Lists of set texts must be submitted to the Faculty office by Friday of Week 7 of Michaelmas Term.

  • 6. Candidates may be required to attend a viva.