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Jewish Studies MA

This MA draws on the wide-ranging expertise of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the only department of its kind in the UK, and offers modules in all areas, periods, and aspects of Jewish Studies. The programme prepares students for further research, personal engagement, and interdisciplinary study.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Scholarship applicants:
30 May 2015

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. Hebrew is not required, but students without prior knowledge will be obliged to take one module in Hebrew.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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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Degree Information

All students are introduced to the disciplines, theories, methods, and practice of learning and research in Jewish Studies, and those without prior knowledge of Hebrew learn the language at elementary level. An extensive range of optional modules are available in Jewish history, literature, languages, and Jewish thought, from Antiquity to the modern world.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one or two (see below) core modules (30/60 credits), between four and six optional modules (60/90 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Jewish Studies MA Core Course
  • Biblical Hebrew or Modern Hebrew (for students without prior knowledge of Hebrew)

Options

  • Options may include the following:
  • Ancient Jewish Magic; Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions; Judaism and the Origins of Christianity
  • European Jewry and the Holocaust; History of the Jews in Poland; Jews and the Metropolis
  • Hebrew (biblicial, rabbinic, modern)
  • Moses Maimonides in Jewish Thought and History; Hasidism and Modernity
  • Old Testament Historical Texts; Introduction to Talmud
  • Representation of Trauma; Family Politics in Israeli Literature; Rattling the Gender Agenda
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict; Israel and the Occupied Territories; Anglo-Israeli Relations
  • Yiddish; Aramaic; Ugaritic; Syriac; Judeo-Spanish
  • Yiddish Memoirs; Yiddish Literature; Special Topics
  • Please see department website for further details.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which should be based in part on primary sources. The project culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and other media such as 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 mainly through unseen examinations, coursework, long essays, and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Jewish Studies MA

Funding

Hyman Hurwitz Studentships are available for this programme. Deadline: Friday, 30 May 2014 at 16:00.

For further information please see the Application guidelines.

Hyman Hurwitz Studentships

Value:
Full fees for UK/EU student. Partial fees for a UK/EU or overseas student
Duration:
1 year

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to PhD studies, while others have pursued a wide range of professional careers, including education at all levels, NGO activity, electronic and print media, the clergy (Jewish and non-Jewish), diplomacy, film-making, and much more.

Employability

This programme provides an outstanding foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career, but it is also popular with students wishing to go into journalism, the civil service, law, business, museum and heritage, charities, and the education sector. Small-group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and communication skills for their future career. The analytical and research skills gained by taking this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. Many additional activities are available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here. Both the department and UCL Careers offer advice and support for our MA students who are looking towards the next step in their career development.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Department of Hebrew and 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.

We offer a wide range of taught modules, with further options available in other departments at UCL and elsewhere in London. Our students are given individual attention and encouraged to pursue their own interests and research.

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.

Student / staff ratios › 23 staff › 8 taught students › 9 research students

Department: Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Degree reviews

Staff review

"Students, staff, and colleagues are tremendous. My colleagues at UCL are serious in the best sense as teachers and scholars."

Professor Michael Berkowitz

Subject: I 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.

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

The MA is equally designed for:

  • students with a background in Jewish Studies who wish to further their studies, with or without focus on a specific area
  • students with a background in other, relevant disciplines who wish to learn Hebrew and/or develop their knowledge of Jewish Studies
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The programme is particularly suited to students wishing to progress to doctoral research, or to pursue relevant professional careers.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31
Scholarship applicants
2015-05-30

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Jewish Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Jewish Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • what mathematics and statistics experience you have
  • what programming experience you have
  • 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.

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