Modern Israeli Studies: Language, Culture and History MA

The Modern Israeli Studies MA, taught by internationally recognised experts in the field, provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, politics, culture and literature of the State of Israel, and looks at the development of Israel within the wider context of the Middle East, in particular the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

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: 31 July 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The core course provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of Modern Israeli studies, and students are equipped with the skills essential for research in this field. In addition to this, many students choose to study the Arab-Israeli Conflict, or the course in comparative peace-making in Israel and Northern Ireland.

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

Core Modules

  • Graduate Seminar in Israeli Studies


  • Options may include the following:
  • Modern Hebrew – Lower Intermediate
  • Hasidism and Modernity
  • Advanced Modern Hebrew
  • Family Politics in Israeli Fiction
  • Modern Jewish Politics
  • Migration and Homelands in Israeli Literature
  • Anglo-Israeli Relations, 1948 –2006
  • War and Dissent in Israeli Literature
  • History of the Jews in Poland
  • Yiddish Language
  • History of the Jews in Russia
  • Israel and the Occupied Territories
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict


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 Hebrew, Arabic or another relevant language.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 31 July 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 Modern Israeli studies who wish to focus their knowledge more closely, or for students with a different undergraduate experience who wish to make progress in this field, 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 Modern Israeli Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Modern Israeli 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.


Stome 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