Research course

Hebrew and Jewish Studies

UCL - University College London · Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Entry requirements

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, and a demonstrated knowledge of Hebrew or Yiddish, or another language appropriate to the research proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil/PhD programme draws on the wide-ranging expertise of UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies, the only department of its kind in the UK, and offers research supervision in most areas, periods, and aspects of Jewish studies. The programme prepares students for careers in academia and in the private and public sectors. UCL offers excellent networking opportunities for research students.

Research activities in the department include:

  • Eastern European Jewish history and culture
  • Grammar of 19th-century Hasidic and Maskilic Hebrew
  • Modern Yiddish literature
  • History of science and technology
  • Gender in Jewish history
  • Mediterranean and Middle Eastern studies
  • Israeli culture and politics
  • Jewish calendar
  • Antisemitism
  • The Jewish mystical tradition, and specifically the history of Hasidism
  • Jewish-non-Jewish relations in Christian Europe and the Muslim world
  • Jews and Visual Culture
  • Jewish migrations
  • Jewish culture in the English-speaking world
  • Babylonian Jewry
  • Aramaic Studies
  • Jews and Magic
  • Jewish history of medicine, history of the body

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September.

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