Study Abroad at UCL


Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL offers classes in languages (Hebrew, Yiddish and languages of the ancient Near East) and in Jewish and Israeli history, literature and politics, taught by staff who are world-class experts in their respective areas of Jewish studies.

Key Information

Year, Fall Term, Spring Term
English language level
Advanced - see English language requirements for more details.
Tuition fees
Band 1 - see Tuition fees for more information
GPA requirement
Arts & Humanities
Department website
Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Why study Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL?

We are the only university department in the UK dedicated to the field of Hebrew and Jewish studies and its comprehensive, integrated study. You will have access to the major collection of Hebrew, Yiddish and Judaica works held by UCL Library and will be close to several world-leading museums and libraries.

What you will gain from study at UCL

Our wide range of modules will allow you to gain a broad understanding and develop new perspectives in areas such as the history of Israel, linguistics, literature, Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Hasidism. You will benefit from world-class teaching across the breadth of disciplines within Jewish studies, including many Jewish and Semitic languages from antiquity to today, from beginner’s level to advanced.

Teaching and assessment

Most modules take the form of lectures and are assessed by both coursework and written examination. Single term students will be assessed by coursework alone. Many of our modules are open to all students.

Modules in Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive and, since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2022/23, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Language modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0003 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0005 Modern Hebrew for Beginners Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0019 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0020 Introduction to Rabbinic Hebrew Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0024 Modern Hebrew (Lower Intermediate) Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0026 Modern Hebrew (Higher Intermediate) Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0028 Advanced Modern Hebrew Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0036 Introduction to Syriac Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0037 Jewish Literary Aramaic Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0042 Elementary Yiddish Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0044 Intermediate Yiddish Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0048 Introduction to Ugaritic Year 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0097 Upper Intermediate Yiddish Fall Term, Spring Term 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0099 Advanced Biblical Hebrew Year 30 (FHEQ)

Literature modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0045 History of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture Year 30 (FHEQ)

Politics modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0058 The Arab-Israeli Conflict Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0065 Anglo-Israeli Relations Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0069 US-Israeli Relations from 1948 to the Present Day Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0102 Israel and Palestine Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HIST0789 Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Middle East Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)

History and culture modules

Module code Title Availability UCL credits
HEBR0006 Religion, State and Society Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0011 Survey of Jewish History 1: The Ancient and Medieval Near East Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0014 Introduction to the Study of Judaism Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0015 Introduction to Israeli Society, Culture and Politics Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0017 Introduction to Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0022 Moses Maimonides in Jewish Thought and History Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0034 Ancient Jewish Magic Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0051 European Jewry and the Holocaust Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0052 Better Worlds? Jewish Migration and Settlement in Britain and America Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0057 History of the Jews in Poland Fall Term, Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0061 Rabbis, Language and Society in the First Millennium CE Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0062 Judaism and the Origins of Christianity Fall Term 15 (FHEQ)
HEBR0066 Jewish-Muslim Relations in Historical Perspective Year 30 (FHEQ)
HEBR0100 History of the Hebrew Language Spring Term 15 (FHEQ)

Contact details

Professor Michael Berkowitz
+44 (0) 20 7679 2814

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