Programme Hebrew and Aramaic Studies

The Master programme in Classics and Ancient Civilizations: Hebrew and Aramaic Studies is a one-year programme, which gradually leads to the development of specific research skills. This specialisation uniquely offers a thorough education in Hebrew and Aramaic in various language phases, which may be studied from a linguistic, socio-religious or historical context. Other Northwest Semitic languages, often preserved in epigraphic texts, are also offered. 

Programme information

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The Master programme comprises 60 EC, divided over two semesters. During the first semester the student takes three course of 10 EC each. Students can choose from"Historical Grammar of Hebrew and Aramaic", "Advanced Biblical Hebrew Grammar", "Cultural History of Aramaic", and “Reading Source Texts”. In the second semester student will write their Master's thesis (20 EC). In addition they will follow one other research seminar, for example “Northwest Semitic Epigraphy” or “The Qumran Community”

The Prospectus contains overviews and course details for all programmes in the Faculty of Humanities (and other faculties). The information in the Prospectus is updated annually, in June. Please consult the Hebrew and Aramaic Studies section of the Prospectus for more information.

Form for approval programme

Students are required to hand in the form "Approval Master Programme" to the Board of Examiners. This form is filled in at the start of the study. To fill in this form, students first make an appointment with the Co-ordinator of Studies, in order to check whether or not their study plans meet the requirements of the Master programme. The Co-ordinator of Studies sends the form to the secretary of the Board of Examiners for final approval.

Time tables and calendar

Application, enrollment and examinations

  • To enroll in a specific course or examination, use the Study administration system uSis.
  • This website is intended for students who are already enrolled in the programme. Prospective students looking for application information should consult

Co-ordinator of Studies

For practical issues and information concerning the Master's programme students may refer to the Co-ordinator of Studies. The Co-ordinator of Studies is available for advice pertaining to progress and delay, personal circumstances and exam regulations.

Graduation and deregistration

Master students who have completed the Master programme can apply for their graduation. See the Graduation page for more information about the graduation procedure, the regulations concerning the Master thesis, and the process of deregistration from Leiden University after graduation.

Teaching and Examination Regulations and Faculty Regulations

All rights and obligations of students in the faculty of Humanities are stated in regulations, the most important of which are indicated below.

  • Teaching and Examination Regulations state the contents of your programme and the specialisations within the programme.
  • Registration for lectures, tutorials and tests is obligatory: see the uSis registration procedure.
  • The Student Charter informs students about what they can expect from the University and what the University expects from them.
  • Regulations on plagiarism are in place, to counter any instances of malpractice. These regulations provide advice on how to use sources and citations.

Boards and committees

Students within the Faculty of Humanities, are represented in the following boards and committees:

  • the Departmental Teaching Committee
  • the Departmental Board
  • the Faculty Council
  • the Faculty Board

Another committee that is relevant to your studies, but in which students are not represented, is the Board of Examiners.


Practical questions can be directed to: