Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies BA

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, in Jerusalem and/or in a relevant central or east European country.

Key Information

Degree Programme
History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies BA
UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Total intake (by subject area)
12 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
4 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

History required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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

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

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. History required.

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). History required at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AB. History required.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

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

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies is the only department 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.
  • UCL 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.

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).

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 you 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.

Year One

Compulsory courses

History of Eastern Europe since 1856
Modern Historiography
Seminars in History
Survey of Jewish History 2: From Medieval to Early Modern Europe
Survey of Jewish History 3: The Modern World

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses including the following:
Elementary Yiddish
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
Introduction to Biblical and Rabbinic Literature
Introduction to Hebrew Literature: Medieval to Modern
Introduction to Israeli Culture, Society and Politics
Introduction to Jewish Languages
Introduction to Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism
Introduction to Modern Hebrew
Introduction to Modern Jewish Literature
Introduction to the Study of Judaism
Survey of Jewish History 1: The Ancient and Medieval Near East

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 UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and a further 2.0 credits from SSEES. You will have the opportunity to take an optional final-year dissertation of 10,000 words to the value of 1.0 credits.

Your learning

History courses are taught through 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.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies BA.


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.

Our graduates take up employment in diverse fields including banking and finance, journalism, publishing, the museum sector, and librarianship. Many choose to pursue further study, either continuing within the field or training in law or teaching (primary and secondary).


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme, and of related Hebrew and Jewish Studies programmes, include:

  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the BPP Law School (2013)
  • Assistant Project Worker, Barnardos (2013)
  • Librarian, Brunel University (2013)
  • Librarian, the British Library (2012)
  • Full-time student, PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,130 (2016/17)


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


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


The selection process is conducted on the basis of your UCAS application and personal statement. If you receive an offer of a place on a programme, you will be invited to visit UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and the UCL School of Slavonic & Eastern European Studies as well as tour the campus.

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.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students