Hebrew and Jewish Studies: Language, Culture and History MA

The Hebrew & Jewish Studies MA is the oldest such Master's degree in the UK. It draws on the substantial research and teaching resources of the department, which is the only UK university department devoted exclusively to Jewish Studies. Students benefit from a broad range of chronological and topical courses in the field.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Students construct their own field of study from a wide range of specialisations, and can build on existing language skills through instruction in related languages such as Ugaritic, Aramaic, and Syriac. They are equipped with the tools necessary for research and are given practical instruction on evaluating primary and secondary source material.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies has particular strengths in Jewish languages and texts, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy, thought and spirituality, as well as modern Jewish and Israeli politics. Students on this programme select four modules of specialisation to suit their own particular interests, in consultation with the Graduate Tutor.

The UCL Library houses a remarkable wealth of Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaica, featuring a number of special collections, including the Mocatta Library, Gaster Papers, and the Lucien Wolf collection. Students benefit from UCL's central location, with the British Library, British Museum, the Warburg Institute and the Wiener Library all nearby.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four taught modules of specialisation (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • All modules are optional.


  • Bible
  • Hebrew, Aramaic and Northwest Semitic Philology
  • Rabbinic Literature
  • Medieval Hebrew Literature
  • Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism
  • Jewish History
  • Modern Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Yiddish Language and Literature
  • Other Jewish Languages
  • Politics and Culture of the State of Israel


All students undertake an independent research project based, at least in part, on original research and primary source material. The project culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

Although it contains an element of research work, the MA is primarily a taught degree, delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasional film viewings. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods: unseen examinations, coursework, long-essays, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Several funding options may be possible including: Arts & Humanities Faculty Awards (AHRC), UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students and the British Chevening Scholarships.

Scholarships available for this department

Hyman Hurwitz Studentships

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

Normally 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. Candidates must also demonstrate knowledge of either Hebrew or Yiddish.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. Candidates applying for UCL Scholarships or AHRC funding should submit their general application in good time.

Who can apply?

The MA is appropriate for students with a background in Jewish Studies who wish to focus on a specific area (such as Hebrew Bible, or Aramaic), or for those from different undergraduate disciplines who wish to develop their knowledge in this field for further doctoral research or as a qualification in its own right.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Hebrew and Jewish Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meet the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme provides an ideal preparation for further doctoral research in this field, and many graduates have found it an excellent foundation for a professional degree in Law. Graduates of the programme have gone on to a wide variety of careers; some have pursued teaching careers at university and secondary school level, others are active in community service organisations, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

Recent first destinations of graduates of the programme include:

  • Kings College London: Further study - Ancient Greek
  • KPMG: Senior Manager
  • Policy Forecast Ltd: CEO
  • Director Founder
  • Jagiellonian University: Further study: International Migrations


Some of our students have gone on to university administration, financial journalism, management consulting, primary/secondary education and publishing.

Next steps


Graduate Admissions Tutor

Prof Neill Lochery

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7171


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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