Jewish History: Language, Culture and History MA

This new Jewish History pathway is aimed at applicants who do not have linguistic proficiency in a Jewish language. Students benefit from the department's strength in Jewish history, especially the modern history of the Jews in Central and Eastern Europe, the history of Zionism, and the history of the Holocaust.

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 are trained in research techniques that can be applied in future employment, or as preparation for working towards an MPhil or PhD. The programme provides practical instruction in evaluating primary and secondary source material.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies is a major centre for teaching and research devoted to the politics of the state of Israel. The programme is taught by scholars who are internationally recognised experts in the fields of Israeli politics, Zionism, Israeli literature and Soviet Jewish history.

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.


  • Options may include the following:
  • Bible
  • Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism
  • Jewish History
  • Politics and Culture of the State of Israel
  • History of the Jews in Poland
  • History of the Jews in Russia
  • European Jewry and the Holocaust
  • Modern Jewish Politics
  • Sephardic Jewry: From Golden Age to World


All students undertake an independent research project which should be based in part on primary sources. The project culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasional film viewings. Students will be expected to visit the major archives and libraries in the London area, depending on their specific areas of research and interest. Assessment is through 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.

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?

This programme is aimed at applicants who are interested in Jewish Studies but do not have linguistic proficiency in a Jewish language. Research councils increasingly demand that candidates for admission to research degree programmes have adequate training, and this MA is excellent preparation for further academic work.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Jewish History at graduate level
  • why you want to study Jewish History 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.


Students who have earned an MA in Language, Culture and History have embarked upon a variety of careers. Some have pursued an academic career at the university or secondary school level. Others are active in community service organisations, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Whatever career path graduates might choose, they will be helped by a degree from a university recognised as one of the best in the world.

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