Leo Baeck Institute MA in European Jewish History

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The Leo Baeck Institute MA in European Jewish History is the only taught postgraduate programme in the UK focusing on the rich field of European Jewish history.

You will explore the history and culture of the European Jews. You will be investigating the question of emancipation, the quest for equal rights, Jewish identities, the role of anti-Semitism, and Jewish intellectual history.

Our programme is a dynamic forum for you to reflect critically on contemporary issues such as cultural diversity, race, religion, gender and power.

You will be part of the prestigious Leo Baeck Institute and will have access to all their facilities. This includes libraries, seminars and research events worldwide.

Course structure

You will take the two core modules History: Approaches, Methods, Challenges and Modern Jewish History and Culture.

History: Approaches, Methods, Challenges gives you an overview of the trends in historical writing, providing a framework for analytical thinking which you will be able to use across other modules. It is also an excellent grounding for your dissertation and further study.

In addition, you will take the training module History in Action, which teaches you how to plan and design projects, carry out research, write, present and disseminate your research through a range of seminars, lectures and other sources such as film and architecture.

Optional modules

Each year students will be offered a range of optional modules both in the School of History and in other Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. These options are dependent upon the availability of specialist teachers, and therefore they change year by year. The availability of each optional module is also dependent upon student interest. 

Optional modules may include:

Full information on the variety of topics covered is available on the Leo Baeck MA in European Jewish History website.


You will be required to produce one essay of 5,000 words for the core module and one essay of 4,000 words for each of the three options, in addition to completing a 15,000 word research dissertation.

Admissions requirements

An upper second class honours undergraduate degree or higher in history or overseas equivalent. Mature students are encouraged to apply.

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Postgraduate tuition fees vary depending on whether you live outside the European Union.

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How do I apply?

To apply for a Masters (MA) at the School of History, you’ll need to complete an online application form.

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