MA in Applied Rabbinic Theology

University-Winchester-LogoThe MA in Applied Rabbinic Theology provides those studying for Rabbinic Ordination with the opportunity to combine the study of biblical and rabbinic texts at MA level with commensurate congregational and pastoral work and analysis, thus heightening the synergy between them. In addition, students will have the opportunity to study creative and comparative liturgy, Jewish responses to theodicy and readings in modern Jewish thought.

The MA in Applied Rabbinic Theology will be awarded to students who have successfully completed 180 credits. 60 credits are awarded for a dissertation of 20,000 words and the remaining 120 credits are obtained through the completion of modules. There are exit points at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma Levels.

Entry requirements

This course is only open to students on the Rabbinic Programme who have already completed the previous three awards (Graduate Diploma in Hebrew and Jewish Studies part 1 & part 2 and the Postgraduate Diploma in Hebrew and Jewish Studies)


Those students who have completed three years of equivalent study at another, recognised institution of higher learning or seminary and at the discretion of the Admissions Board.

For students whose first language is not English, band 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be required.

Teaching and Assessment

A variety of teaching methods including tutor led, group work and independent study will be used. Types of assessments include essays, presentations, appraisal of articles, research proposal, and dissertation.

Click here for Assessment Regulations.

Module Descriptions

JS7401 – Comparative and Creative Liturgy

JS7402 – Megillot

JS7403 – Topics in Advanced Talmud and Midrash

JS7404 – Progressive Rabbinic Decision Making

JS7405 – Readings in Modern Jewish Thought

JS7406 – Pastoral Care and Community Skills

JS7407 – Practical Rabbinics: Leadership and Management Skills

JS7408 – Research Skills

JS7409 – Dissertation


Sandy Potashnick

+44 (0)20 8349 5622

Course Team Leader

Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh