‘Leo Baeck Institute MA in European Jewish History’

Leo Baeck Institute MA in European Jewish History

 

The Programme

The Leo Baeck Institute MA trains scholars towards undertaking independent research on Jewish history, culture and thought in Europe. It provides a strong grounding in approaches and theories which have influenced the ways in which scholars understand Jewish history. Simultaneously, the MA introduces students to a wide range of sources available for European Jewish studies. Particular attention will be paid to the Jewish response to modernity and problems around the definition and issues of assimilation and identity. The role of antisemitism and the origins of the Holocaust are central, as is Jewish intellectual history, focusing on the ideas of eminent Jewish thinkers about the place of Jews and Judaism in pre-modern and modern society.

The MA consists of the core module, three modules chosen from a series of options and an individually supervised dissertation. Students will also take a non-assessed research methods course. Part-time students take the core module and one option in the first year, and two options and dissertation in the second year.

Optional modules may include:

  • Modern Jewish History and Culture
  • Christians and Jews in Europe: Perceptions and Encounters, 1100-1600
  • Jews, Power and Intellectual History
  • Antisemitism and the Holocaust
  • Modern European Jewish Literature
  • Hollywood and the Second World War
  • Understanding Religion Historically
  • Overcoming Nazism

 

The Leo Baeck Institute

The Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) is the leading research institute in the field of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry in Europe from the 17th Century onwards. It was founded in 1955 and named after Leo Baeck, the last public representative of the Jewish Community in Nazi Germany. Among the Institute’s publications are the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book and the Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen. The institute organises a broad range of events such as lecture series and international conferences, and has recently established two research professorships to investigate the role of German-speaking Jews in 19th and 20th century academia.

For more information, including how to apply, please go to the funding page of the School of History’s website.

 

The School of History at Queen Mary

The School of History at Queen Mary is one of the largest history departments in London and offers a very wide range of degree courses and research opportunities.

It provides first-rate teaching fuelled by cutting-edge research within a friendly, welcoming atmosphere with an emphasis on student support. RAE 2008 has ranked Queen Mary among the top 15 research universities in the UK. The School of History, having entered all of its academic staff performed very well with nearly a third of our research rated as ‘world leading’ and nearly two-thirds as ‘internationally excellent’ or better.

 

General Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours undergraduate degree or higher in History (or overseas equivalent). Mature students from other academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please visit this website to download an application form.

Please ensure you submit a statement of purpose as requested on the application form. This should be 500 – 750 words in length. Please address the following:

  • Why do you want to study the Leo Baeck Institute MA in European Jewish History programme at Queen Mary?
  • How do you think the MA will assist you in your future ambitions?
  • Please identify any relevant experience which has prepared you for this programme.

 

Further information links:

http://www.history.qmul.ac.uk

http://jewishstudies.history.qmul.ac.uk

http://www.leobaeck.co.uk

 

Contact:

Ms Kat Kemp

Postgraduate Taught and Research Programmes Assessments Manager

email: k.kemp@qmul.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7882 8352 

 

Bursary for the Leo Baeck Institute MA in European Jewish History

The Leo Baeck Institute in conjunction with the School of History, Queen Mary, University of London is offering three bursaries tenable for the academic year 2014/2015 for students taking the Leo Baeck Institute MA in European Jewish History. The bursary of £4,000 will cover a substantial part of the fee for the Home/EU rate (the rate for 2014/2015 is £6,500 (tbc)) as well as the overseas rate (the rate for 2014/2015 is £13,000 (tbc)). Candidates should normally have attained or expect to attain a first class degree or equivalent in history or a related humanities subject.

 

General Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours undergraduate degree or higher in History (or overseas equivalent). Mature students from other academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please ensure you submit a statement of purpose as requested on the application form. This should be 500 – 750 words in length. Please address the following:

  • Why do you want to study the Leo Baeck Institute MA in European Jewish History programme at Queen Mary?
  • How do you think the MA will assist you in your future ambitions?
  • Please identify any relevant experience which has prepared you for this programme.

 

Deadline for receipt of applications for bursaries:               30 March 2014

2014/15 Home/EU Fee:                                                                                          £6,500 (tbc)

2014/15 Overseas Fee:                                                                                          £13,000 (tbc)

 

Further information links:

http://www.history.qmul.ac.uk

http://jewishstudies.history.qmul.ac.uk

 

Contact

Ms Kat Kemp

Postgraduate Taught and Research Programmes Assessments Manager

email: k.kemp@qmul.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7882 8352