Undergraduate prospectus 2022


History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies with Year Abroad BA

This four-year programme combines the study of Jewish cultural history with the study of the land (and associated languages and cultures) where many Jewish communities had their homes. The third year is spent abroad, in Jerusalem and/or in a relevant central or east European country.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
29 January 2021
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

History required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer

BBB (more about contextual offers)
History required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

IB Diploma

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects including History, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

32 (more about contextual offers)
A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects including History, 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. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. History required.

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). History required at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB. History required.

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 Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies is the only department of its kind in the UK and is highly regarded worldwide.

  • The programme is taught by acknowledged specialists in the field, all of whom are actively engaged in research. This will enable you to keep up-to-date with the latest debates, issues and discoveries.

  • UCL School of Slavonic & Eastern European Studies (SSEES) is the largest national centre in the UK for the study of central, east and south-east Europe and Russia. The SSEES library contains over 400,000 books, journals and film resources.

  • You will have access to a remarkable collection of Hebrew, Yiddish, and Judaica books in the UCL Library, as well as to the special collections of the British Library, the Wiener Library, and the National Archives.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year one introduces you to the study of central and east European history and Jewish studies at the university level. In years two and four you can focus on topics of specific interest to you by choosing modules that examine particular periods and themes in east European and Jewish history. You can also study one or more relevant languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Polish, or Ukrainian. Your third year is spent abroad, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and/or in a relevant central or east European country.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies with Year Abroad.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

  • History of Eastern Europe since 1856
  • Modern Historiography
  • Seminars in History
  • Introduction to Jewish Literature, History, and Culture in the Roman, Sassanid, and Islamic Periods
  • Introduction to Modern Jewish History (1800 to the present)

Optional modules

You will select 30 credits from a wide range of optional modules, including:

  • Elementary Yiddish
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

  • Introduction to the Study of Judaism
  • Introduction to the History and Literature of Ancient Israel
  • Introduction to Jewish Literature, History, and Culture in the Roman, Sassanid, and Islamic Periods
  • Introduction to Modern Jewish History (1800 to the present)
  • Introduction to Israeli Culture, Society and Politics
  • Introduction to Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism

    Compulsory module(s)

    All second year modules are optional.

    Optional modules

    You will select 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules within the department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies. A further 60 credits will be selected from SSEES.

    Year three involves studying a full-time programme at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and/or a central or east European university of your choice.

    Compulsory module(s)

    All final year modules are optional.

    Optional modules

    You will select 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules in Hebrew & Jewish Studies and a further 60 credits from SSEES, including the option of taking a final-year dissertation of 10,000 words for the value of 30 credits.

    Your learning

    History modules are taught through lectures and seminars. Modern language study includes oral work, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and translation exercises.


    Most modules are assessed by an end-of-year written examination, several essays and/or other types of coursework. Language modules are also assessed by oral examinations.

    Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: History (Central and East European) and Jewish Studies with Year Abroad BA.


    Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


    Together with subject-specific knowledge, you will acquire discipline-based skills in historical research, methodology, and analysis, in addition to transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and solving problems, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing.

    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 training in law or teaching (primary and secondary).

    UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

    Fees and funding

    Tuition fees

    The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

    UK students
    £9,250 (2021/22)
    Overseas students
    £23,300 (2021/22)

    Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

    Additional costs

    In addition, please note that if you wish to study abroad during your programme at UCL, this is likely to incur additional costs. Studying abroad may cost between £200–£1000 per month depending on where you choose to study. The cost of studying abroad can be difficult to predict as it will depend on your priorities and choices. There is more information available on the UCL Study Abroad website.

    A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


    Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

    Departmental scholarships

    Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

    The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

    Application and next steps

    Your application

    In your application we will be particularly interested in your motivation to study the history of central and eastern Europe, and 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 east European and Jewish studies, such as courses attended, 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: 29 January 2021


    The selection process is conducted on the basis of your UCAS application and personal statement. If you receive an offer for a place on a programme, you will be invited to visit UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and the UCL School of Slavonic & Eastern European Studies as well as tour the campus.

    UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies and SSEES both attract students from a diversity of backgrounds, and our degree programmes reflect 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.

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