UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


About Us

We are a tight knit and ambitious Department where you can study language, history, society, and politics

After graduation, job prospects run the gamut from religious experts, translators, and cultural specialists to political advisors, educators, policy makers, and international business advisors. Our alumni have worked for the media, museums, universities, multinational corporations, governments and the United Nations. 

Who are we?

We are a small, friendly, enthusiastic department of staff and students from around the globe who aim to teach every aspect of Jewish culture to students of all backgrounds. Our range of Jewish Studies courses is the widest anywhere in Europe, and our students can take complementary courses available at UCL and elsewhere in London. We encourage our students to pursue their own interests and research.

What do we offer?

Though our department is small, we offer a variety of modules each term and our courses cover, among other things:

  • Jews and Jewish history
  • Ancient Near Eastern civilisations
  • Modern Jewish literature
  • European Jewry and the Holocaust
  • Israeli Society, Culture and Politics
  • Jewish-Muslim Relations
  • US-Israeli Relations
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • War and Dissent
  • Modern and Biblical Hebrew
  • Yiddish
  • Biblical Aramaic
  • Ancient languages

Who studies here?

You do not have to be Jewish to study Hebrew & Jewish Studies! While some of our staff and students are Jewish (of every persuasion), a substantial minority are not. Our students and staff make up a colourful international mix, with people from Israel, the US, Europe, Russia, and the Far East. Whatever your background, you are welcome.

What can I do with this degree?

Study in this field is more than becoming a Rabbi or staying in academics. Our degrees arm you with an incredible amount of knowledge in your subject area, but you also learn transferrable skills that can be applied to a variety of careers.

Many of our alumni work for government agencies, multinational corporations, and in the media, as well as area specific cultural and academic institutions.