Holocaust Studies: Language, Culture and History MA

This programme concentrates on the history of the Holocaust, German history in the nineteenth and twentieth century, and modern European Jewish history. Students benefit from the department's links with the Imperial War Museum, the Beth Shalom Holocaust Education Centre, the London Metropolitan Archives, the Public Records Office, and the Wiener Library.

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 develop their knowledge of the Second World War, modern Jewish History and the Holocaust. They are equipped with the tools necessary for research in this field; including the use of databases and digital resources at specialised libraries and institutes, and practical instruction on evaluating primary and secondary source material.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies at UCL is the largest in Europe, offering the widest range of courses in the field. It acts as host to both the Jewish Historical Society of England and the Institute of Jewish Studies which organise annual public lecture series and international conferences on all aspects of Jewish civilisation.

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 one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Graduate Seminar in Holocaust Studies


  • Options may include the following:
  • History of the Jews in Poland
  • Yiddish Language
  • Modern Hebrew
  • History of the Jews in Russia
  • European Jewry and the Holocaust
  • Semitic Languages: Ugaritic
  • Modern Jewish Politics
  • Migration and Homelands in Israeli Literature
  • Early Jewish Mystical Texts
  • Sephardic Jewry: From Golden Age to World
  • Biblical Aramaic


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 demonstrate knowledge of a language, besides English, which would be appropriate for their area of interest.

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 either for students with a broad undergraduate background in this area who wish to focus their knowledge more closely, or for students with a different undergraduate experience who wish to make progress in the area of Jewish historical studies, either 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 Holocaust Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Holocaust 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.

First-career destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Minorah High School: Jewish Historian
  • London Jewish Cultural Centre: Project Manager
  • Legalease: Researcher/Writer


Some of our students have gome on to translation, financial journalism, primary/secondary education and management consulting.

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