Hebrew and Jewish Studies BA
The three-year full-time (six-year part-time) Hebrew and Jewish Studies BA aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Jewish culture, including its languages, literature and history.
- Degree Programme
- Hebrew and Jewish Studies BA
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 2 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 13 (2017 entry)*
- No specific subjects.
- 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
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher).
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AB.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies is the only department of its kind in the UK, and is highly regarded worldwide.
- We teach a wide range of courses in Jewish history, politics and culture.
- As part of your degree you can study both ancient and modern languages, including Biblical, Rabbinic, and Modern Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Ugaritic, and Yiddish.
- During your time in the department you will have access to a remarkable collection of Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaica books in the UCL Library, as well as to the special collections in the British Library, Wiener Library and the National Archives.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
- 78% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).
In your first year you will take compulsory courses in Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew or Yiddish as well as a range of optional 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 your second year you will take a compulsory course in Modern Hebrew and choose from a wide range of options encompassing a vast chronological and geographical span and also an array of disciplinary approaches, such as history, literature, philology, gender studies and politics.
In your final year you will take three optional courses and will write a dissertation on a subject of our choice.
You can find out about part-time study options by contacting the Hebrew and Jewish Studies department directly.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Year One (full-time)
Core or compulsory module(s)
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew or Elementary Yiddish
Modern Hebrew for Beginners
Sources, Methods, and Skills
You will select three of the following 0.5 credit options (the selection varies each year):
Introduction to Biblical and Rabbinic Literature
Introduction to Hebrew Literature: Medieval to Modern
Introduction to Jewish Languages
Introduction to Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism
Introduction to Israeli Culture, Society and Politics
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 (full-time)
Core or compulsory module(s)
Lower Intermediate Modern Hebrew
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 selected from another subject area by arrangement with the relevant department.
Compulsory modules (full-time)
Final-year dissertation (1.0 credit)
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.
Please note:You can find out about part-time study options by contacting the Hebrew and Jewish Studies department directly.
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 modules are assessed by a combination of essays and an end-of-year written examination, in addition to other types of coursework such as presentations. Modern language modules are also assessed by oral examinations.
The programme develops a wide range of skills such as critical thinking, oral and written communication, and time management, in addition to linguistic ability, which will beneficial for a wide range of careers.
Our graduates take up employment in diverse fields including law, teaching (primary and secondary), banking and finance, journalism, publishing, the museum sector, and librarianship. Many choose to pursue postgraduate study, either continuing within Hebrew and Jewish studies or moving into different fields such as history, digital humanities, linguistics, religious studies, and others.
- Full-time PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Librarian, British Library (2012)
- Trainee Barrister, London (2013)
- Researcher/Writer, Chambers and Partners Legal Guides (2011)
- Project Worker, Barnardos (2013)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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“I am very much looking forward to the year abroad, I think it will give me such a good understanding of my chosen area for a future career. I hope to either teach or write about Jewish history and language, and possibly about the Middle East conflict.”Gabriella Smith - Hebrew and Jewish Studies BA (Third Year)
Fees and funding
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2017/18)
- Overseas students
- £17,710 (2017/18)
The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.
Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
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