The MPhil/PhD programme draws on the wide-ranging expertise of UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies, the only department of its kind in the UK, and offers research supervision in most areas, periods, and aspects of Jewish studies. The programme prepares students for careers in academia and in the private and public sectors. UCL offers excellent networking opportunities for research students.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £5060 (FT) £2530 (PT)
- £19580 (FT) £9850 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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 language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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We are a multidisciplinary 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. For more details of the specific research specialisations of our staff see the Hebrew and Jewish Studies website.
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £28,000 (3 years)
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wroclaw
- Translator, BBC
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.
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, postdocs 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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies is unique in the UK and Europe, with an outstanding international reputation for its research, teaching, and expertise. We are warm, friendly, and highly ambitious.
UCL is located in central London, within walking distance of the British Museum, the British Library, and other specialist libraries such as the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the Warburg Institute. With its own specialist library in Jewish Studies, UCL has access to the best resources for academic research in the subject.
Department: Hebrew & Jewish Studies
Student / staff numbers
› 14 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Hebrew & Jewish Studies
78% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"Students, staff, and colleagues are tremendous. My colleagues at UCL are serious in the best sense as teachers and scholars."
Professor Michael BerkowitzI direct the Holocaust Studies: Language, Culture and History MA. I advise students for the Jewish History: Language, Culture and History MA as well as the Hebrew and Jewish Studies: Language, Culture and History MA. I occasionally supervise MA students from History, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, or European Studies who have a particular interest in Jewish history. I also have PhD students and serve as a second supervisor for students of colleagues.
Professor of Modern Jewish History
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.
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