Jewish Studies (Master)

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It is the aim of the master’s programme in Jewish Studies to investigate Judaism in its entire complexity as an independent discipline, analyse its interaction with changing environments and discuss its position in different historical and geographic contexts. Students concentrate on the methodology, main research theories and history of the subject and acquire knowledge of the central issues of Jewish studies and the basic questions in philosophy of science.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 839

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


new Curriculum - starting winter semester 2019/20


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

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Department of Jewish Studies

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of following modules:

(1) Compulsory Module Hebrew and Aramaic Texts;

(2) Compulsory module: Jewish Tradition from the Antiquity to the Present Day: Sources, Topics, Hermeneutics;

(3) Group of elective modules: Jewish Cultural History – advanced module chosen according to interest (students have to select 3 out of 4): (3a) Antiquity, (3b) Rabbinic Literature and Culture, (3c) Middle Ages, (3d) from the Modern Period to the Present Day; and

(4) Compulsory Module Final Module.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Hebrew and Aramaic
  • Rabbinic times
  • Antiquity
  • Mishnah
  • Tosefta

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

This master’s programme prepares students for a wide range of occupational fields, primarily in the area of history and cultural studies (e.g. in the field of media, state administration, libraries, museums, religious and cultural organisations, etc.).

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

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Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

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