Hebrew and Jewish Studies MPhil/PhD


Research areas:

We are a multi-disciplinary department with expertise across the whole field of Jewish studies, ranging from history (ancient to modern) and political science to language (all phases of Hebrew, several other Semitic languages and Yiddish), literature, and gender issues.

Research activities in the department include:
  • Eastern European Jewish history and culture
  • Gender issues in modern Israeli literature
  • Itzik Manger: Balladeer
  • Grammar of 19th-century Hasidic Hebrew
  • Jewish Science and Technology
  • Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Jewish Calendar
  • Perceptions of ‘Jewish criminality’ in Germany
  • The Jewish mystical tradition.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in an arts or social science subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and a demonstrated knowledge of Hebrew or Yiddish, or another language appropriate to the research proposal.

English level expected: Good

Application

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250

Funding

Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2014 in the area of literature, language and history

Scholarships available for this department

Arnaldo Momigliano Scholarship in Arts

For students of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa who wish to apply to UCL as an affiliate student for a graduate research programme in any Department of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Students must contact authorities of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in order to be nominated. This scholarship is based on academic merit. This award was founded in 1989 to commemorate the work of Arnaldo Momigliano, KBE, FBA, Professor of Ancient History at UCL (1951-75) by his daughter, Professor Laura Lepschy.

Wolfson Scholarships

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Career

In recent years, several students who have graduated from our research programmes have embarked on careers in academia. Others have taken jobs in journalism, for the United Nations, with non-governmental organisations, international think-tanks in Brussels and London, and in the diplomatic service.


Employability

Our graduates find a wide range of career paths open to them and consequently can be found in most industries in the UK and overseas.

Networking

The department has a strong culture of collaborative research and brings together researchers (whether staff or students) from across UCL as well as other institutions and organisations. Crucial to this are our research groups and centres, which provide a focus for our research activity, including doctoral students, post-docs and staff with specific research interests. Most doctoral students are attached to one (or more) of these groups and will be encouraged to get involved in the research seminars, visiting speakers, annual lectures, visits and other activities which these centres organise regularly. The centres also facilitate online interaction through blogs and twitter feed.


Next steps

Contact

Graduate Admissions Tutor

Prof Neill Lochery

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7171

Department

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

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Staff View

"Students, staff, and colleagues are tremendous. My colleagues at UCL are serious in the best sense as teachers and scholars."

Professor Michael Berkowitz

Professor of Modern Jewish History

Alumni View

"This MA program was both challenging and rewarding. With constant support from the department's staff, it was an inspiring environment that helped foster a deeper interest in, and understanding of, complex issues in modern Jewish history."

Hannah Iles

, 2013