Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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.

May be combined with:

  • Arabic, QTX6 BA/HEA
  • Economics, LQ14 BA/HEEC
  • French*
  • History, QV41 BA/HHE
  • History of Art/Archaeology, QV43 BA/HebHAA
  • International Relations, LQ42 BA/IRHeb
  • Law, MQ14 BA/LWHE
  • Linguistics, QQ14 BA/HELG
  • Music, QW43 BA/MSHE
  • Politics, LQ24 BA/POLHE
  • Social Anthropology, LQ64 BA/SAHE
  • Study of Religions, QV46 BA/SRHE

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


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 a 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.


The syllabus of the combined-honours degrees varies according to the 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.

  • Hebrew 1 A
  • Hebrew 1 B

Compulsory Module

Please note that Introduction to Israeli Culture will become a 15-credit module from 2020/21.

  • Introduction to Israeli Culture
  • Understanding Texts

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.

  • Hebrew 2

Compulsory Module

  • History of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

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

  • Hebrew 4
  • Hebrew Literature from the Arab World

and either

Choose a module to the value of 15 credits from any approved Hebrew-related modules.


  • Jerusalem: A City in Conflict

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)

  • History, politics and culture
    • Introduction to Israeli Culture
    • History of the Israel/Palestine Conflict
    • R451 Jewish Identity from Ancient to Modern Times
    • Critical Issues in Israeli Politics and Society
    • Jerusalem: A City in Conflict

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.

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

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.
  • A-Levels: AAB - ABB
    A-Level language preferred
    IB: 35 (6/6/5)
  • Interview Policy: Candidates with 'non-standard' qualifications may be invited for interview.

Alternative entry requirements

  • 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 5 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

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 10, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 28, 2020
4 years
9,250 GBP
full-time fees per academic year: UK/EU £9,250; Overseas £17,750
June 30, 2020
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