Hebrew & Jewish Studies


UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Pioneering Jewish Studies.  Since 1826.

The UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies is a world-leading centre in the heart of London, noted for its innovative research and teaching. Drawing on UCL’s tradition of secularism and open-mindedness, we integrate all aspects of Jewish Studies, from antiquity to modernity, through the prism of history, literature, and languages.

We are the only university department in the UK dedicated to the field of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and its comprehensive, integrated study.  We train future scholars and educate the wider community.



Research & PhDs

Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS)

The Institute of Jewish Studies (IJS) is dedicated to the promotion of all aspects of Jewish scholarship and civilisation at the highest level of academic excellence.

Shakespeare and the Jews International Conference


Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th March 2017
Shakespeare and the Jews 
is a celebration of the rich and multifaceted relationship between Shakespeare and the Jews spanning five centuries from Elizabethan times to the 21st century. This international and multidisciplinary conference explores issues relating to Shakespeare and the Jews from numerous perspectives, including those of literary criticism, translation studies, history, drama, and cultural studies. The conference brings together a diverse range of researchers from around the globe. 
Please click on the links below to view the full programme & abstracts and speaker biographies:

Abstracts and Bios

For further details and booking, please visit: 

The conference coincides with a UCL student/staff production of Isaac Salkinson’s Ram and Jael, the first Hebrew translation of Romeo and Juliet (Vienna, 1878). See https://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/16005 for further details and registration.


This conference and performance are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


UCL essay competitions 2017

The Alexander Altmann Essay Competition in Hebrew and Jewish Studies 

This competition is open to all students in Year 12 (or in the final year of secondary school) in the UK or internationally. Students are invited to write an essay on any aspect of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, in the areas of history, literature, languages, culture, or religion, whether or not they know the language or have studied the subject before. There are no set questions or essay titles. Essays will be read and assessed by academic staff in the Department. Please click below for more information:

Essay Competition 2017