Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Jewish Studies BA

The three-year Jewish Studies BA aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Jewish culture, including its languages, literature and history.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Jewish Studies BA
UCAS code
3 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

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

IB Diploma

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:

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.

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.

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

  • We teach both classical and modern languages, including Classical 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.
  • Our range of Jewish Studies courses is the widest in Europe, and we encourage our students to sample the even wider selection of complementary courses at UCL and within the University of London.
  • You will have 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 other neighbouring institutions.

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).

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.

The second year includes a compulsory language course, and in years two and three you also choose from our diverse range of courses encompassing a vast chronological and geographical span together with an array of disciplinary approaches, such as history, literature, philology, gender studies and politics.

A minimum of three of your total 12 course credits must be language and text-based courses.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew or Elementary Yiddish
Modern Hebrew for Beginners
Sources, Methods and Skills

Optional courses

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

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Lower Intermediate Modern Hebrew or Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of options in the following areas: Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages; Jewish history and culture; literature and politics. Alternatively, 1.0 credit can be selected from another subject area by arrangement with the relevant department.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

All courses in the final year are optional.

Optional courses

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. Alternatively, you can choose to write a final-year dissertation, accounting for 1.0 credit. A minimum of three optional courses taken must be language and text based courses across the three years of the programme.

Your learning

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 or other types of coursework. Language courses are also assessed by oral examinations.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Jewish Studies BA.


Skills such as critical thinking, oral and written communication and time-management are developed through 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).


The first cohort of students on the Jewish Studies BA three year programme are due to graduate after 2016, therefore no information about career destinations is currently available. 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 (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.

Application and next steps

Your application

In your application we will be particularly interested in your motivation to study the subject, 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 Jewish studies, such as courses attended, museums visited, 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


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 the department including a tour of UCL. Applicants resident outside the UK are welcome to arrange a visit to UCL but are not required to.

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