The English Department at the Hebrew University offers a prestigious programme for the study of literature in English. Our focus is on the British and American traditions supplemented by insights into South African, Canadian and Irish literatures. We pride ourselves on the high level of our Seminars and on the international reputation of our researchers.

Class discussions foster an enriching intellectual experience conducive to high-quality writing. We approach literary texts from a wide variety of perspectives: formal, thematic, historical.

Students come to the department with a broad range of interests and aspirations; some students view academia as their calling while others complement vocational studies in law, business or psychology with the development of language and writing skills and an education in the humanities, which greatly contribute to their personal and professional development. Many of our students find employment in academia, education, journalism, or translation. 

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In the first year of studies the emphasis is on introductory courses, training in the analysis of poetry and fiction, and academic writing. In the second year the focus shifts to a historical perspective. Particular attention is given to the genre of the novel, to topics in American culture, and to British literature in the Enlightenment, Romantic and Modernist periods. During the third year students are offered a variety of specialized elective courses, organised around a thematic core (villains, horror, paranoid hermeneutics, the female Bildungsroman), or reflecting the research interests of individual professors.



Academic programme - 2021-2022


Past programmes: 2015-16  /  2016-17  /  2017-18 / 2018-19 / 2019-20 / 2020-2021







Our Graduate programme attracts students from several countries and is supported by the Hebrew University's International Office. The curriculum is spread over two years (four semesters), and includes numerous international exchange opportunities, as well as exclusive partnerships with international summer schools (Dickens Universe, Santa Cruz, California; Beckett Summer School, Dublin; Shakespeare Summer School, Verona). 

The courses offered in our MA programme showcase our faculty’s strengths and latest research interests. While offerings change from year to year, recent programmes have included seminars on the pastoral genre, Irish modernism, posthumanism, eco-criticism, Victorian culture, 9/11 fiction, as well as single-author courses on Milton, Nabokov, Shakespeare and J.M. Coetzee.  

Students with an 80 average in undergraduate or supplementary studies in the English Department will be admitted to our Master's programme. Over the course of two years, all students will take three mandatory courses in literary theory (8 credit points, 4 each year) and 28 credits of elective seminars and skill/enrichment courses (a total of 36 credits for the degree, 18 each year). At least one course must cover the period before 1800. If they do not write a thesis, students will write two seminar papers in two of the courses; one of the seminar papers must be submitted before the students begin their second year. The curriculum of the skills/enrichment courses will be determined in consultation with the Graduate Advisor. 

Admission to the Research Track: Candidates who wish to be admitted to the research track must have a 90+ grade point average in undergraduate or supplementary studies in the English Department. In addition to the course work detailed above, students in the research track of the Master's programme will be required to submit only one seminar paper (before their second year), take a written integrative exam on a question of general importance in literary criticism, and write a thesis by the end of the second year of their MA studies. They must earn high grades and follow a set schedule in order to stay on the research track.
Application deadline: Registration is open and will continue until 16 October, 2022. Candidates are advised to apply and enrol early to ensure their place.

For more information, please contact the graduate studies advisor, Prof. Ruben Borg (


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Click here to view our MA programme for 2021-2022 Past programmes: 2015-2016 / 2016-2017 / 2017-2018 / 2018-2019 / 2019-2020 / 2020-2021





PhD students are an important part of the Department's intellectual community. They are encouraged to attend staff seminars and take an active role in organising outreach events and graduate symposia (see events page).
In order to become a doctoral student, one must complete the research-track M.A. with an 85 average in the coursework, a grade of 85 on the integrative exam, and a minimum grade of 90 from two readers of the thesis. The student must then find a research advisor and receive approval for his/her research proposal from the Committee for Advanced Studies.
Doctoral scholarships are offered by the Department on a regular basis. Many of our scholars have gone on to successful academic careers in Israel and abroad.

Scholarships and Prizes

Every year, the English Department offers its BA, MA and Doctoral students a variety of bursaries and prizes, in addition to scholarships for fully funded study trips abroad (England, Ireland, California, Italy). Below is a select list of prizes offered in recent years.

The Beckett Prize

The Beckett Prize is a prestigious  essay competition for graduate students. The prize consists of a substantial bursary, inclusive of travel costs and registration fees to the Samuel Beckett Summer School at Trinity College Dublin. From the school’s website:

The Samuel Beckett Summer School provides a unique experience for students, scholars and lovers of Beckett’s works. Each year we invite the world’s foremost Beckett scholars to present new lectures and seminars on all aspects of Beckett’s works. The School appeals to a wide range of Beckett enthusiasts by providing the opportunity to experience, savour and study Beckett’s works in the university where he began his intellectual life.

For more information contact Ruben Borg (


The Dickens Prize

Two Dickens Prizes are awarded yearly to Graduate students of the English Department. The Prizes allow students to attend “The Dickens Universe,” a week-long summer camp and lecture series at the University of California Santa Cruz. Every year, in August, a different novel by Dickens is studied within the framework of the Project. For enquiries contact Prof. Galia Benziman (


The Teitelbaum Prize

The prize is awarded to Graduate students for excellent work completed at undergraduate level. Winners are determined on the basis of their grade average and teacher recommendations.


Theodore A. Harris Prizes (for General Excellence & for Excellent Work on the Novel)

The Harris prizes are awarded in memory of Theodore A. Harris, Professor of English literature, by his family, through the British Friends of the Hebrew University. Every year two Harris prizes are awarded: one for general excellence in the second year of undergraduate study, and one for the best essay on the novel.


The Joseph Conrad Prize

A substantial scholarship for graduate students who intend to write an MA thesis or a PhD dissertation on Joseph Conrad. The prize (consisting of a monthly stipend) will go to the author of the best essay on Joseph Conrad. For details check the call for applications or contact


The Sheila and Danny Deutsch Annual Prize

The Sheila and Danny Deutsch Annual Prize is awarded to the first-year full-time English Major Student with the best grade average in first-year English Department courses.


The Annenberg Foundation Graduate Scholarships 

The scholarships, in memory of Emily Budick, are intended for Graduate students whose research will focus on a topic of relevance to American Literature and Culture. There are two types of awards:

  1. $2,500, for MA students.
  2. Up to $10,000, for PhD candidates.

For details please contact the secretary of the English Department or the Department Chair.


Gisela Gross and Edward Gross Fellowship for Doctoral Research in English Literature

A sizeable one-year scholarship for doctoral students. Eligible candidates must have completed at least one year of research in the doctoral program.


Students may also apply for financial aid and scholarships at the following sites:

Graduate, PhD and Postdoc scholarships


Scholarships in Education

The Department of Teacher Education is pleased to advertise a number scholarships for prospective English teachers.

The scholarships are funded by Mifal Hapayis and the Ministry of Education:

  • Scholarship of 10,000 NIS

Conditional upon 4 weekly hours of educational and community work in the schools in which students carry out their teaching practice.

  • Grant of 11,500 NIS

Conditional upon 2 years of teaching in schools in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods and regions.

  • Academia-to the Classroom Program 10,000 NIS


  1. The scholarships are intended for students who are still also engaged in degree studies (B.A., M.A. or Phd).
  2. Candidates must have a grade average of at least 85.
  3. Candidates will be called to a personal interview to assess their suitability for a career in teaching.
  4. Recipients of the scholarship will be required to participate in two national study days for recipients of these award.

Students wishing to study in the Teaching Certificate program should register through the Hebrew University registration system.

Those wishing to register for the scholarships program should contact Miriam Elezra:


Shakespeare International Summer School

The English Department at the Hebrew University offers its students an opportunity to participate in a new summer course on Shakespeare in Verona, Italy. Hosted by the Skenè Research Centre, Verona, this exciting initiative will approach Shakespeare from a double perspective that integrates source studies and performance studies. This year, the course will be devoted to The Tempest
Upon successful completion of the course (including a test and a final paper), participants will earn 
two academic credit points. More details here.  

For information, contact Prof. Tzachi Zamir: 


 International Summer School - Postponed to 27 July - 3 August 2021