This four-year BA introduces students to the history of diverse Jewish communities from antiquity to the present, in a wide variety of cultural, economic, geographical and political contexts, and provides training in the reading and interpretation of a variety of historical sources in their original Jewish languages.
- Degree Programme
- Jewish History BA
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- No specific subjects.
- 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
- A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, 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:
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.
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher).
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AB.
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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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.
- We teach both classical and modern languages, including Biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Ugaritic, Modern Hebrew and Yiddish, as well as courses in Jewish history, politics and culture.
- UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies is the only department of its kind in the UK, and is highly regarded worldwide.
- 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.
- Spend your third year at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, following a tightly structured full-time programme. While in Jerusalem you can take up internships in fields such as archaeology or politics.
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).
In the first year you take courses in Modern and Biblical Hebrew or Yiddish as well as a range of history, literature, and culture courses, providing an overview of the subject which allows you to identify your own areas of specialist interest for later study. In subsequent years you choose from our diverse range of courses encompassing a vast chronological and geographical span and also an array of disciplinary approaches, such as history, literature, philology, gender studies and politics. A minimum of three of your total 16 course credits must be language and text-based courses. Your third year is spent at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and you return to UCL for your final year.
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew or Elementary Yiddish
Modern Hebrew for Beginners
Sources, Methods and Skills
You will select three of the following (the selection varies each year):
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 Jewish Literature
Introduction to the Study of Judaism
Survey of Jewish History 1: The Ancient and Medieval Near East
Survey of Jewish History 2: From Medieval to Early Modern Europe
Survey of Jewish History 3: The Modern World
Lower Intermediate Modern Hebrew
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses in the following areas: Hebrew, Yiddish, and other Jewish languages; Jewish history and culture; literature; and politics. Alternatively, 1.0 credit can be selected from another subject area by arrangement with the relevant department.
Year abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
All final year courses are optional.
You will select 4.0 credits from a wide range of options in the following areas: Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages; Jewish history and culture; literature; and politics. A minimum of five optional courses taken must be language and text based courses across the four years of the programme.
The department uses a variety of teaching methods; classes are mostly small and intimate, encouraging active participation by the students. Modern language study includes oral work, reading comprehension, listening comprehension and translation exercises. All other subjects are taught by lectures and seminars.
Most courses are assessed by an end-of-year written examination, several essays and/or other types of coursework. Modern language courses are also assessed by oral examinations.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Jewish History BA.
Skills such as critical thinking, oral and written communication and time-management are developed throughout the programme and are beneficial for any career.
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 to train 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.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £15,660 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
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.