Hebrew MA (joint degree) 2023 entry

Whilst St Andrews does not offer Hebrew as a single Honours degree, you can take Hebrew in combination with a wide variety of other subjects as part of a joint Honours degree.

At St Andrews, the focus is on classical or biblical Hebrew, though you have the opportunity to take advanced modules in post-biblical Hebrew – particularly by studying the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Modern teaching methods in language study are used to help beginners. And for those with a background in languages, Hebrew makes a fascinating language to study as it belongs to the Semitic, as opposed to the Indo-European, family group.

Start date
September 2023
End date
June 2027
Duration
Four years full time
School
School of Divinity
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Entry requirements

The University offers different entry requirements, depending on your background. Find out more about Standard and Minimum entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.

For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject-specific entry requirements as outlined on their pages.

  • Standard entry grades:
    AAAB
    Minimum entry grades:
    AABB
  • Standard entry grades:
    AAA
    Minimum entry grades:
    ABB
  • Standard entry grades:
    36 (HL,6,6,5)
    Minimum entry grades:
    36 (HL, 6,5,5)

General entry requirements

All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.

  • SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing science
    • Geography
    • Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.
  • GCSE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GCSE (5) from the following:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing Science
    • Geography
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology.

Other qualifications

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes. Please see our entry requirements for more information.

More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

You do not need previous knowledge of Hebrew to apply.

Alternative study options

Study abroad

Divinity students can apply to participate in the University-wide St Andrews Abroad programme. You may also have the opportunity to participate in the School Abroad exchange programme. For information about study abroad options, please see the study abroad site

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability. Find out more about approved English language tests and scores for this course.

Course details

The Hebrew portion of the four-year joint Honours degree course is run by the School of Divinity. Studying Hebrew allows you to become attuned to the thought patterns of a distinctive culture, and gives you access to the world of biblical literature and the extraordinary range of writing found in the Hebrew Bible.

Your first two years focus on enabling you to read and analyse prescribed texts in Hebrew, especially the Old Testament.

Alongside Hebrew, in the first year of your studies you will be required to study an additional two subjects. In the second year, you will usually carry on at least one of these subjects, sometimes two. Find out more about how academic years are organised

In your third and fourth year, you will have the opportunity to take more advanced modules which focus on reading Hebrew in a variety of contexts, including prose and poetry.

The University of St Andrews operates on a flexible modular degree system by which degrees are obtained through the accumulation of credits. More information on the structure of the modules system can be found on the flexible degree structure web page.

Modules

Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:

  • Hebrew 1: Introduction to Hebrew Language: aims to give students a sufficient knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of Old Testament Hebrew to be able to read and analyse prescribed texts.
  • Old Testament: Torah and Prophets: introduces the life, literature and religion of Ancient Israel, with particular consideration of the main literary types of the Old Testament literature.

Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:

  • Hebrew 2: aims to extend students' skills in reading the Hebrew Bible and in the techniques of textual criticism and of exegesis.
  • Old Testament: Writings and Beyond A (English Texts): an introduction to the literature and theology of the period of Israel’s history from exile to the consolidation of the canon.

If you take Hebrew in your third and fourth years, you will choose from a variety of advanced modules ranging from reading the Hebrew Bible to studying Hebrew prose and poetry.

Here is a sample of Hebrew modules previously offered at Honours level:

  • Ancient Jewish Literature from 1 Enoch to the Mishnah
  • Biblical Aramaic
  • Creation and Chaos in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East
  • Hebrew Prose and Poetry
  • Hebrew Readings.

In fourth year, students also undertake a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice. The School provides significant support for the dissertation, with a breakdown of the assessment into different stages and a programme of seminars to assist in the development of advanced research and communication skills.

The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules appropriate to the programme for the current academic year can be found in the programme requirements.

Teaching

Teaching in the first and second years is mainly by lectures (10 to 100 students), supplemented by regular small-group tutorials (8 to 12 students).

At Honours level, greater emphasis is put on individual study and on students taking a major role in preparing for and conducting seminars (5 to 15 students).

When not attending lectures, tutorials and workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:

  • working on individual and group projects
  • undertaking research in the library
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.

All sub-honours modules are typically assessed by 50% coursework and 50% written examinations. At Honours level, at least 50% assessed work is coursework, with some modules including no exam element at all.

Examinations are held at the end of each semester during a dedicated exam diet with revision time provided beforehand.

The School aims to provide feedback on every assessment within three weeks to help you improve on future assessments.

Undergraduates at the University of St Andrews must achieve at least 7.0 on the St Andrews 20-point grade scale to pass a module. To gain access to Honours-level modules, students must achieve the relevant requisites as specified in the policy on entry to Honours and in the relevant programme requirements. Please note that some Schools offer qualified entry to Honours, and this will be clearly specified in the programme requirements. To find out the classification equivalent of points, please see the common reporting scale.

You will be taught by a research-led teaching team with expertise and knowledge of Hebrew. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken tutor training may also contribute to the teaching of tutorials under the supervision of the module leader.

You can find contact information for all divinity staff on the School of Divinity website.

The University’s Student Services team can help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities, long-term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities web page.

Fees

Scotland
Tuition fees have yet to be set.

England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
£9,250

Channel Islands, Isle of Man
£9,250

EU and overseas
£28,190

More information on tuition fees can be found on the undergraduate fees and funding page.

Accommodation fees

Find out about accommodation fees for University accommodation.

Funding and scholarships

The University of St Andrews offers a number of scholarships and support packages to undergraduate students each year.

Joint Honours degrees

You can also take Hebrew MA (joint degree) as part of a joint Honours degree in which you will take core modules of your chosen subjects.

  • Arabic
  • Art History
  • Biblical Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • Greek
  • Mathematics
  • Middle East Studies

Joint degrees taken with Arabic or French are also available With Integrated Year Abroad'.

Careers

A degree that includes divinity gives you the opportunity for significant intellectual and personal development, and you will acquire a wide range of transferable skills. Those who have studied biblical studies or theology have learnt a range of skills including:

  • textual
  • historical
  • analytical
  • creative
  • interpersonal. 

Graduates are in demand with employers who need rigorous but flexible thinkers with a broad knowledge base and an understanding of people and their religious and social contexts. 

Recent graduates from the School of Divinity have, for example, become:

  • journalists with the national and religious press
  • a trainee manager at a national bank
  • an art gallery assistant
  • a solicitor
  • a theatre director
  • a college principal
  • a business consultant
  • a social worker
  • a wine taster.

Graduates have also gone on to postgraduate degrees in related areas here and at other top universities in the UK and across the world.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

What to do next

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We encourage all students who are thinking of applying to the University to attend one of our online or in-person visiting days.

Contact us

Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2850
Email
divinity@st-andrews.ac.uk
Address
School of Divinity

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South Street
St Andrews
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