SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

BA Hebrew and ... (2018 entry)

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At SOAS the study of Hebrew can be combined with an unparalleled range of disciplines and languages. Combined-honours degrees in Hebrew are intended to give students a solid grounding in Israeli Hebrew and familiarity with the major types of Modern Hebrew literature in combination with a second subject. Intensive study of Modern Hebrew language and literature is a compulsory feature of combined-honours degrees in Hebrew.

Students are usually required to spend the third year of the programme at the Rothberg International School in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem or on an equivalent programme elsewhere.

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The information for BA, BSc, or LLB programmes refer to data taken from the single subject degrees offered at SOAS; however, due to the unique nature of our programmes many subjects have a separate set of data when they are studied alongside another discipline.  In order to get a full picture of their chosen subject(s) applicants are advised to look at both sets of information where these occur.

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


Entry requirements

  • Languages at SOAS are taught ab initio, and no prior knowledge of Hebrew is required.
  • Subjects Preferred: A good pass in a foreign language at A-level, or equivalent, is preferred
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with 'non standard' qualifications may be invited for interview
A Levels:
A Level language preferred
35 (6/6/5)

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Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: AAABB

Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB

Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 80%

French Bacc: 14/20

German Abitur: 2.0

Italy DES: 80/100

Austria Mat: 2.0

Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

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4 years


Please see the Unistats data for the various combinations of this programme under the Combinations tab.


May be combined with:

* Taught at University College London (UCL) apply to UCL for this degree
** Taught at King's College, London

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Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

The syllabus of the combined-honours degrees varies according to combination. Usually the first two years aim to divide students' time equally between Hebrew and the second subject. Depending on location, the year abroad tips the balance in favour of Hebrew or the second subject. There is some freedom to redress any imbalance in the fourth year. A typical syllabus is given below. Students who already have prior knowledge of Modern Hebrew are tested on registration and may be permitted to begin language study at an appropriate higher level.

Year 1
Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction To Israeli Culture 155900947- 15
Second Subject

Take modules to the value of 60 credits in the other subject. Students taking BA Arabic and Hebrew take 90 credits of Arabic in the first year and Hebrew 1A and 1B.

Year 2
Core Module

This module must be passed in order to proceed to the following year of study.

Compulsory Module
Second Subject

Take modules to the value of 60 credits in the second subject. Students taking BA Arabic and Hebrew can also take 'Introduction to Israeli Culture' as an extra Hebrew module.

Year 3: Year abroad

Please see the Teaching & Learning tab for more details.

Year 4
Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term
Hebrew 4 155900714 30 Full Year

Choose ONE of the following module

Second Subject

Take modules to the value of 60 credits in the second subject. Students taking BA Arabic and Hebrew can also take 'Introduction to Israeli Culture' as an extra Hebrew module.

List of Modules (subject to availability)
Module Code Credits Term
The Origins of Modern Hebrew Poetry 155901280 15 Term 1
History, politics and culture
Module Code Credits Term
Introduction To Israeli Culture 155900947- 15
Palestine/Israel and the International 153400087 15 Term 2
Jerusalem: City in Conflict (UG) 155905003 15 Term 1

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Year abroad

Students spend their 3rd Year at the Rothberg School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where they take the following modules:

  • Israeli society
  • Hebrew language
  • History of Modern Israel 1881-1973
  • Modern Hebrew literature

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All full-time undergraduate programmes consist of 120 credits per year, taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks). The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study (see Approaches to teaching and learning at SOAS). It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others.

In the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, undergraduate modules take various forms. Modules may be taught through 1 or 2 hours of lectures a week, and some may have an additional 1-2 hours of weekly seminars. Languages classes may be 4-5 hours per week in the first and second year, typically less at higher levels.

More information is on the page for each module.

UCL Modules

A selection of Hebrew and Hebrew-related courses run by the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL, and available as options on the SOAS degree:

  • Advanced Modern Hebrew (B081)
  • Introduction to classical Hebrew (B012)
  • Further classical Hebrew (B113)
  • A survey of Jewish history and culture from 1000 to 1800 CE (B039, 0.5)
  • Culture of Zionism -- The construction, development and critique of a nationalist movement (C084, 0.5)
  • The culture of Sepahrdic Jewry (B118, 0.5)

A full list of modules can be obtained from UCL.

Pre Entry Reading

  • Israeli Founders and Sons, Amos Elen
  • A Textbook of Israeli Hebrew, H. Rosen
  • The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, T. Carmi
  • Modern Hebrew Stories, (Bantam dual language books)
  • Israel, Martin Gilbert
  • The Making of Modern Zionism, Shlomo Avineri
  • One Palestine, Complete, Tom Segev


As a graduate who specialised in Hebrew, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of the region, or to make comparative study with other areas. The study of Hebrew may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant departmental page.

A number of graduates of this programme have found jobs in Israel. Others have entered the diplomatic service, the media, education, business, the city and the tourist industry.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

I also really appreciated the contact between professors and students and the exchange of knowledge that is established. I loved the way professors made us understand that even them, had something to learn from us students.

Mariam Kandil, Sciences-Po Paris

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