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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£14,750 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific Funding Notes

Four Ian Karten Scholarships of £1,000 are available to prospective graduate students in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The application deadline is 1st June.

Key Facts

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Hebrew and Jewish Studies

History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies BA

UCAS Code: VV23

This four-year programme combines the study of Jewish cultural history with the study of the land, languages and cultures within which many Jewish communities had their homes. The third year is spent abroad, either in Jerusalem or in a relevant Central or East European country.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades ABB
Subjects History required.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 34
Subjects A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects including History, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • UCL's Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies is the only one of its kind in the UK, and is highly regarded worldwide.
  • The programme is taught by acknowledged specialists in the field, all of whom are actively engaged in research, enabling you to keep up-to-date with the latest debates, issues and discoveries.
  • SSEES is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. The SSEES library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.
  • Access to a remarkable collection of Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaica books in the UCL Library; and to the special collections in the British Library, Wiener Library and the National Archives.

The first year of the degree principally consists of foundation courses, introducing you to the study of history at university level. In the second and fourth years, you take more specific courses which look at periods of history both thematically and in depth, and can also take history courses covering other regions, taught elsewhere in UCL and the University of London.

The third year is spent abroad, undertaking courses and supervised study at an approved university. You may spend the third year wholly in Jerusalem or in a relevant Central or East European country, or split the year between the two.

Your Learning

History courses are taught by lectures and seminars. Modern language study includes oral work, reading comprehension, listening comprehension and translation exercises.


Most courses are assessed by an end-of-year written examination, several essays and/or other types of coursework. Language courses are also assessed by oral examinations.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

A Survey of Jewish History and Culture from 1000 to 1800 C.E.
A Survey of Jewish History and Culture from 1800 to the Present
History of Eastern Europe Since 1856
Modern Historiography
Seminars in History

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

All second year courses are optional.

Optional courses

You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses from within the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. A further 2.0 credits will be selected from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Year Three

Year abroad

Final Year

Compulsory courses

All final year courses are optional.

Optional courses

You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a further 2.0 credits from SSEES. You will have the opportunity to take an optional Extended Essay of 10,000 words to the value of 1.0 credits.

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

Together with subject specific knowledge, you will acquire discipline-based skills in historical research, methodology and analysis, in addition to transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and solving problems, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing.

A significant number of our graduates choose to pursue further study, either continuing within the field or to train in law or teaching. Others have taken up employment in diverse fields including the Diplomatic Service (British and foreign), the United Nations, the financial sector and in journalism.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme, and of related Hebrew and Jewish Studies programmes, include:

  • Full-time student, PhD in East European Jewish History at UCL (2011)
  • Charity Manager, The Big Give (2011)
  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School (2009)
  • Curator, British Museum (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

In your application we will be particularly interested in your motivation to study the history of Central and Eastern Europe, and of your interest in broad matters of language, literature and culture. We will also be interested to learn of experiences you may have had relating to East European and Jewish Studies, such as courses attended, travel, and wider reading.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


If your application is being actively considered, and you are resident in the UK, you will be invited for an informal discussion and a visit to UCL. Applicants resident outside the UK are welcome to arrange a visit to UCL but are not required to do so.

The department strives to attract students from a diversity of backgrounds as our degree programmes represent a range of cultures, ethnicities and religions. Consequently, we do not require you to have any prior knowledge of Hebrew, nor are you expected to have a Jewish background.

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