Hebrew & Jewish Studies


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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.

News and Events

Professor Willem Smelik awarded two fellowships

We are very proud to announce that Professor Willem Smelik (Hebrew and Jewish Studies) has received two fellowships, the Harry Starr fellowship at Harvard (2017-2018) and the Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2018-2019) for his research on the mixed use of Hebrew and Aramaic in early rabbinic literature, the impact of prolonged bilingualism on the conceptualization of both languages in Early Judaism, and the phenomenon of inner-Aramaic code-switching.

Published: Jun 13, 2017 5:40:22 PM

Achievements of our PhD & MA students

The Department is happy to announce that Dr Noëmie Duhaut, an alumna recently awarded a PhD, has been awarded a prestigious Lady Davis Trust postdoctoral fellowship for 2017-18.

Published: Apr 12, 2017 5:08:06 PM