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Postgraduate Study

The Advanced Diploma is a nine-month graduate 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 advanced level Hebrew is intended to prepare students for two possible pathways after the course:

  • 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;
  • 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

  • read Classical Hebrew texts with a good understanding of the grammatical structure of the language and its vocabulary (Module 1),
  • read and speak Modern Hebrew with good fluency and understanding (Module 2),
  • have a good scholarly knowledge of the history of the language or extend their language skills to include a knowledge of Aramaic up to a 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 Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

See further the Postgraduate Admissions Events pages for other events relating to Postgraduate study, including study fairs, visits and international events.


This course is advertised in the following departments:

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Key Information

9 Months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Advanced Diploma

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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