Jewish History BA
UCAS code: V290
This four-year BA introduces students to the history of diverse Jewish communities from antiquity to the present, in a wide variety of cultural, economic, geographical and political contexts, and provides training in the reading and interpretation of a variety of historical sources in their original Jewish languages.
- We teach both classical 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 three 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.
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.
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).
Further details on department website: Jewish History BA
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|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|
|Subjects||A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.|
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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, and of related Hebrew and Jewish Studies programmes, include:
- Charity Manager, The Big Give (2011)
- Teacher, Yavneh College (2011)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
In your application we will be particularly interested in your motivation to study Jewish history, 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 an offer of a place on the programme, you will be invited to visit UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies as well as a tour of the campus.
The department strives to attract students from a diversity of backgrounds as our degree programmes represent a range 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.