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.

  • [For students starting before MT 2015: 3. Syllabus

    There will be four Units:

  • 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, to be taken in Michaelmas Term.

  • Unit (iii) Two options, to be taken in Hilary Term.

  • Unit (iv) A dissertation 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 nought week of Hilary Term.

    The dissertation must be sent to the Chair of Examiners, M.St in Jewish Studies (Oriental Studies), Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than 12 noon on Friday of sixth week of Trinity Term.

  • A list of options for units (ii) and (iii) 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. Candidates will collect the essay topics on the Friday of eighth week of the term in which the option is taught, from the Oriental Institute Faculty Office. The essay examination will consist of two essays of not more than 2,500 words each, which must be submitted to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford by 12 noon on the Friday of noughth week of the term following that in which the option was taught.

  • 4. Lists of set texts must be submitted to the Faculty office by Friday of seventh week of Michaelmas term and will be reported to the Faculty Board's second meeting of Michaelmas Term.

  • 5. All work submitted to the Chair of Examiners must be in typewritten form. Two copies must be submitted, securely sealed and addressed. The work must bear the candidate’s examination number (but not the candidate’s name, which must be concealed). Candidates must include a signed declaration sealed in an envelope addressed to the Chair of Examiners that the work is the candidate’s own.

  • 6. Every candidate will be examined by oral examination unless he or she shall have been individually excused by the examiners.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2015: 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. Two typewritten copies and an electronic copy, in PDF format in a memory stick or CD, of the thesis must be submitted to the Chair of Examiners, M.St in Jewish Studies (Oriental Studies), Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, 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 signed declaration sealed in an envelope addressed to the Chair of Examiners 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. Two type-written copies of each essay must be submitted to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford 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 signed declaration sealed in an envelope addressed to the Chair of Examiners 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.]