The Jewish Studies programme from University College London (UCL) prepares students for further research, personal engagement, and interdisciplinary study.
All students are introduced to the disciplines, theories, methods, and practice of learning and research in Jewish Studies, and those without prior knowledge of Hebrew learn the language at elementary level. An extensive range of optional modules are available in Jewish history, literature, languages, and Jewish thought, from antiquity to the modern world.
Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to PhD studies, while others have pursued a wide range of professional careers, including education at all levels, NGO activity, electronic and print media, the clergy (Jewish and non-Jewish), diplomacy, film-making, and much more.
This programme provides an outstanding foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career, but it is also popular with students wishing to go into journalism, the civil service, law, business, museum and heritage, charities, and the education sector.
Small-group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and communication skills for their future career.
The analytical and research skills gained by taking this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. Many additional activities are available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here. Both the department and UCL Careers offer advice and support to our MA students who are looking towards the next step in their career development.
- Jewish Studies MA Core Course
- Biblical Hebrew or Modern Hebrew (for students without prior knowledge of Hebrew)
- Ancient Jewish Magic; Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions; Judaism and the Origins of Christianity
- European Jewry and the Holocaust; History of the Jews in Poland; Jews and the Metropolis
- Hebrew (biblicial, rabbinic, modern)
- Moses Maimonides in Jewish Thought and History; Hasidism and Modernity
- Muslim-Jewish relations
- The Arab-Israeli Conflict; Israel and the Occupied Territories; Anglo-Israeli Relations
- Yiddish; Aramaic; Ugaritic; Syriac; Judeo-Spanish
- Yiddish Memoirs; Yiddish Literature; Special Topics
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.
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- Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in an arts or social science subject from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Only basic knowledge of Hebrew (beginners level) is required.
- Hebrew language skills will be assessed in a short placement test during induction week. Students without prior knowledge will be obliged to take one module in Hebrew.
International26600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26600 GBP per year during 12 months.
National12900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12900 GBP per year during 12 months.
- UK: £6,450
- International: £13,300
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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