Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2015/16)

Overseas fee

£15,660 (2015/16)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


Admissions Tutor

Dr Lily Kahn

Email: l.kahn@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7171

Hebrew and Jewish Studies BA

UCAS code: Q480

The four-year Hebrew and Jewish Studies BA aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Jewish culture, including its languages, literature and history. Year three is spent abroad.

Degree benefits

  • We teach both ancient and modern languages, including Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Ugaritic, Modern Hebrew and Yiddish, as well as courses in Jewish history, politics and culture.
  • UCL's Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies is the only one of its kind in the UK, and is highly regarded worldwide.
  • Access to a remarkable collection of Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaica books in the UCL Library; and to the special collections in the British Library, Wiener Library and the National Archives.
  • Spend your third year at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, following a tightly structured full-time programme. While in Jerusalem you can take up internships in fields such as archaeology or politics.

In the first year you take courses in Modern and Biblical Hebrew or Yiddish as well as a range of history, literature and culture courses, providing an overview of the subject which allows you to identify your own areas of specialist interest for later study.

In subsequent years you choose from our diverse range of courses encompassing a vast chronological and geographical span and also an array of disciplinary approaches, such as history, literature, philology, gender studies and politics. A minimum of five of your total 16 course credits must be language and text-based courses.

Your third year is spent at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and you return to UCL for your final year.

Your learning

The department uses a variety of teaching methods; classes are mostly small and intimate, encouraging active participation by the students. Modern language study includes oral work, reading comprehension, listening comprehension and translation exercises. All other subjects are taught by lectures and seminars.


Most courses are assessed by an end-of-year written examination, several essays, and/or other types of coursework. Modern language courses are also assessed by oral examinations.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew or Elementary Yiddish
Modern Hebrew for Beginners
Sources, Methods, and Skills

Optional courses

You will select three of the following (selection varies by year) :
Introduction to Biblical and Rabbinic Literature
Introduction to Hebrew Literature: Medieval to Modern
Introduction to Israeli Culture, Society and Politics
Introduction to Jewish Languages
Introduction to Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism
Introduction to Modern Jewish Literature
Introduction to the Study of Judaism
Survey of Jewish History 1: The Ancient and Medieval Near East
Survey of Jewish History 2: From Medieval to Early Modern Europe
Survey of Jewish History 3: The Modern World

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Lower Intermediate Modern Hebrew

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of options in the following areas: Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages; Jewish history and culture; literature; and politics. Alternatively, 1.0 credit can be taken in another subject by arrangement with the relevant department.

Year Three

Year abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Final Year

Compulsory courses

All courses in the final year are optional.

Optional courses

You will select 4.0 credits from a wide range of options in the following areas: Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages; Jewish history and culture; literature; and politics. A minimum of five optional courses taken must be language and text based courses across the four years of the programme.

Further details on department website: Hebrew and Jewish Studies BA


For information on syllabi and bibliographies:

Search ReadingLists@UCL for the course code or title.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades ABB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 34
Subjects A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

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Skills such as critical thinking, oral and written communication and time-management are developed throughout the programme and are beneficial for any career.

Our graduates take up employment in diverse fields including banking and finance, journalism, publishing, the museum sector, and librarianship. Many choose to pursue further study, either continuing within the field or to train in law or teaching (primary and secondary).


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, MA in Digital Humanities at UCL (2011)
  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law (2011)
  • Full-time student, MA in History at UCL (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

In your application we will be particularly interested in your motivation to study the subject, and of your interest in broad matters of language, literature and culture. We will also be interested to learn of experiences you may have had relating to Jewish Studies, such as courses attended, museums visited, travel, and wider reading.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


The selection process is conducted on the basis of your UCAS application and personal statement. If you receive and offer of a place on the programme, you will be invited to visit UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and tour the campus.

The department strives to attract students from a diversity of backgrounds as our degree programmes represent a wide of cultures, ethnicities and religions. Consequently, we do not require you to have any prior knowledge of Hebrew, nor are you expected to have a Jewish background.

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