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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies



Please note that applications for 2023/24 are now closed. MPhil applications for 2024/25 will open in September 2023. The deadline to be considered for funding will be 5 December 2023.

The MPhil in Hebrew and Semitic Studies enables you to develop a sophisticated understanding of Hebrew and other Semitic languages. The course will furnish you with the research skills necessary to carry out independent work to a high academic standard through engagement with primary sources in Hebrew or another relevant Middle Eastern language. You will also have the opportunity to study comparative Semitic linguistics as part of the course.

You will already be competent in Hebrew or another Semitic language, usually to a level at least equivalent to two years of full time study of the language.

For specifics on how to apply, requirements, fees and finance, please see the University Postgraduate Admissions pages for this course

The course entails

  • a core module providing an overview of the wider field of Middle Eastern Studies and on-going training and support for your dissertation
  • two optional modules providing specialist training in specific aspects of Hebrew and /or  other Semitic languages
  • a 15,000-word research dissertation on a topic of your choice

Before you apply, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your research interests.  Please see the list of Faculty members below.  For more general queries about the degree course please contact the Postgraduate Administrator.  If possible, please attach a draft research proposal for your MPhil dissertation when contacting us.  The proposal should usually be fewer than 1,500 words in length and can later be submitted as part of your formal application.

The course provides an excellent foundation for doctoral research for those interested in continuing their academic careers. Postgraduates have also found employment in a wide range of fields including the cultural sector and education and other fields where cultural understanding, linguistic skills and high level critical thinking, analysis and communication skills are needed.

Faculty Members with Research Interests in Hebrew and Semitic Studies

Language Teaching Officer in Hebrew
Research interests: Ancient Hebrew philology and linguistics, Ancient Hebrew periodization, exegesis

Regius Professor of Hebrew

Professor Khan is happy to supervise projects relating to any area of his research.

Research interests: Semitic philological and linguistic studies, particularly of Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic. Also endangered dialects of Neo-Aramaic and the history of Judaeo-Arabic, including modern spoken varieties.