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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Hebrew Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

The Advanced Diploma is a nine-month postgraduate qualification that provides instruction in the Hebrew language for students with a first degree whose knowledge of the language is at an intermediate or lower intermediate level at the time of entry with the objective of bringing their knowledge up to an advanced level. The learning outcome of advanced level Hebrew is intended to prepare students for two possible pathways after the course: (i) an MPhil degree with a research component, with a view to advancing thereafter to a PhD or another career requiring high level language and research skills, (ii) a career in specialist Hebrew language teaching (in, for example, the Secondary Education Sector).

The Diploma consists of three taught modules, which are assessed by written and oral examinations at the end of the course. These are as follows:

Paper 1
Classical Hebrew language: to be assessed by one written examination paper, including translation and grammatical parsing questions.

Paper 2
Modern Hebrew language: to be assessed by one written examination paper, including translation and grammatical parsing questions, and an oral examination in Modern spoken Hebrew.

Paper 3
Either (i) History of the Hebrew language; or (ii) introductory Aramaic. (i) will be assessed by essay questions; (ii) will be assessed by translation and grammatical parsing questions.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will be expected to (i) read Classical Hebrew texts with good understanding of the grammatical structure of the language and its vocabulary (Module 1), (ii) read and speak Modern Hebrew with good fluency and understanding (Module 2), (iii) have a good scholarly knowledge of the history of the language or extent their language skills to include a knowledge of Aramaic up to preliminary level (Module 3).


Those who wish to continue to the MPhil degree must achieve at least 65/100 in the examinations.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.


This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

9 Months full-time

Advanced Diploma

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.


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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 2, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019

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