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University of Cambridge: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Hebrew and Semitic Studies)

Institution University of Cambridge
Department Middle Eastern Studies
Study type Taught


The Hebrew and Semitic Studies pathway is designed for highly motivated students who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of Hebrew and related Semitic languages, together with the research skills necessary to carry out independent primary research work to a high academic standard through engagement with primary sources in Hebrew or another relevant Middle Eastern language. Students will also have the opportunity to study comparative Semitic linguistics as part of the course. Graduates will be well placed to pursue further research in a PhD programme, to use their skills and knowledge in the heritage sector, in education, or in any other field where cultural understanding, linguistic skills and high level critical thinking, analysis and communication skills are needed.

Learning Outcomes The pathway in Hebrew and Semitic Studies will equip its graduates with the skills and knowledge to research independently and effectively aspects of Hebrew and Semitic Studies, including further development of their skills in reading Hebrew or other Middle Eastern source materials. Graduates will also be able to show a sophisticated understanding of the wider fields of Semitic linguistics and Middle Eastern Studies and the ability to communicate their knowledge and their research findings effectively.

Continuing All applicants should submit, via the Applicant Portal, a workable and relevant research proposal and demonstrate that they have the required academic knowledge and skills to carry out their project.

Those students who are enrolled in an MPhil by Advanced Studies at the University of Cambridge and wish to continue to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will be required to obtain at least 67 per cent overall in their MPhil by Advanced Studies degree and satisfy any pre-existing requirements also set by the Degree Committee, i.e. English language requirement.

Admission is at the discretion of the Degree Committee, which judges each applicant on their own merits and in accordance with its own set of rules and regulations.

Master of Philosophy - MPhil

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