Master of Arts
(Taught jointly by the Leo Baeck Institute and the Department of History)
The Leo Baeck Institute MA offered by the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London is the only taught postgraduate programme in the UK focusing on the rich field of European Jewish History. The MA in European Jewish History provides a strong grounding in approaches and theories, which have influenced the ways in which scholars understand Jewish history. The question of emancipation, the quest of equal rights and Jewish identity but also the role of antisemitism are central, as are Jewish intellectual history, focussing on the ideas of eminent Jewish thinkers about the place of Jews and Judaism in pre-modern and modern society.
As we find ourselves in a time when identity and difference are key concepts of our everyday lives, this course helps students to reflect on the way European history affects our self-perception today and how we act upon this knowledge in the future. The MA offers you a forum to discuss and reflect on the repercussions of the dynamics of European Jewish history to this day and reflect critically on contemporary public debates about cultural diversity, power and concepts of state.
The MA consists of a core module, three modules chosen from a series of options and an individually supervised dissertation. Students will also take a non-assessed research methods module. Part-time students take the core module and one option in the first year, and two options and the dissertation in the second year.
Optional modules include:
Modern Jewish History and Culture
Christians and Jews in Europe: Perceptions and Encounters, 1100-1600
Jews, Power and Intellectual History
Antisemitism and the Holocaust
Modern European Jewish Literature
Module options are assessed by written essays of 4,000 words. Students are able to formulate their own essay topics in consultation with the module leader. The module leader also provides guidance on the planning and development of essays in one-to-one sessions during the second part of the semester. You will also complete a dissertation at the end of your studies.
An upper second class honours undergraduate degree or higher in History (or overseas equivalent). Mature students from other academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted until the programme is fully booked, so we recommend applying as early as possible.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: No