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German BA

The four-year German BA encompasses intense study of German language and culture from the earliest times to the present. The programme combines a strong emphasis on linguistic competence with an exceptional breadth of research-led teaching, offering a detailed understanding of the development of German culture and society.

Key information

UCAS code
R200
Duration
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
5 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
German required.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, including German, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. German required.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). German required.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. German is required.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Studying German at UCL provides access to a broad range of subject areas, an innovative approach to learning and a rich tradition of research.
  • Academic staff are prominent in their fields and include the leading British historian of the German Democratic Republic and acknowledged experts on medieval comedy, sociolinguistics, women's writing and Austrian literature.
  • Students play an active role in the department, organising an annual German play, and hosting high-profile events, recent examples being debates on EU expansion and Jewish identity in Germany.
  • Resources within ten minutes' walk include the British Library, the Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, the German Historical Institute and the Wiener Library.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

  • 74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The first two years are essentially 'contextual', providing you with a broad overview and a methodological framework for your literary, linguistic and historical studies. Courses can be divided into the following broad areas:

  • Language - discussion and essay, comprehension, translation, grammar
  • Literature and literary theory - authors, themes, textual criticism
  • Cultural Studies - interdisciplinary analysis, diverse forms of representation
    • Film - history, theory and analysis of film
    • History/politics - East and West German and Austrian politics, and history and social and political theory
    • Linguistics - linguistic theory, history of the language, sociolinguistics, political discourse

    You may also take modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS), which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

    You will spend your third year abroad, in a German-speaking country, at a university, as an English language assistant within a school, or on an approved work placement. In your final year you choose from a range of advanced options, allowing you to specialise in your own areas of interest.

    Modules

    An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

    Compulsory modules

    Introduction to German Language and Literature up to 1740
    Introduction to Modern German Literature
    Modern German Language I

    Optional modules

    You will select 2.0 credits from German module options, including:

    An Introduction to German Film since 1945
    An Introduction to German History
    An Introduction to German Linguistics

    You will also choose interdepartmental modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society. Options may include the study of Linguistics, Film and History.

    Compulsory modules

    Debating Enlightenment: Literature and Culture 1740-1870
    Love-Violence-Laughter: Medieval and Early Modern German Literature up to 1740
    Metropolen
    Modern German Language II
    The Challenge of Modernity: Literature and Culture 1870-present

    During the spring term students will participate in the Study Abroad Preparation Programme, the successful completion of which is a prerequisite for progression to the year abroad.

    Optional modules

    You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

    Aspects of Twentieth-Century German History
    An Introduction to German Film since 1945
    An Introduction to German Linguistics
    Politics, Culture and Society in Germany Since 1945
    The German Language: Its History and Development
    ELCS Intermediate Level modules

    Year abroad in a German-speaking country

    Students choose a first and second choice university (or two destinations for split-language students). Allocations are made according to preference, number of spaces available at each university and demand for these spaces, with the final decider being the students? average Year 1 mark achieved on SELCS modules. Students allocated to destinations within the EU are eligible for the Erasmus+ Mobility Grant. While students are advised by their host universities on how to apply for accommodation, UCL also puts students in contact with returning students and often find it helpful to take over their accommodation or get tips on living arrangements. Students must study in the target language.

    Further details

    Institutions currently open to the programme include:

    • Universität zu Köln
    • Universität Wien
    • Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
    • Freie Universität Berlin
    • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    • Universität Hamburg
    • Universität Trier
    • Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg in Breisgau
    Note: Students can take work placements provided it is arranged and approved by the end of April in the preceding academic year. Students may also apply for British Council language assistantships.

    Visit UCL Study Abroad for further details.

    Compulsory modules

    Discussion and Essay in German
    Translation from and into German

    Optional modules

    You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of modules within the German Department. Options may include:

    1989 and Beyond: Contemporary German Literature and Film
    Austrian Literature 1890-1938: From Empire to Republic
    Film in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich
    Gender in Modernity
    German Fiction and German History: the Novels of Grimmelshausen
    German Political and Social Thought
    Goethe
    History and Representation: The Holocaust as a Case-study
    Language, Power and Ideology
    Modern German Art
    Reading Modern Novels
    Schiller
    Social History of the GDR
    Wolfram von Eschenbach: Parzival
    ELCS Advanced Level modules

    Your learning

    The programme is delivered primarily by seminars, often including individual and group presentations and small-group exercises. You will also attend oral and translation classes in groups of 10-15 students. Lectures are less frequent, and are used to convey information which can then be discussed in the small-group teaching.

    Assessment

    The programme is examined in a variety of ways: timed examinations, assessed coursework, oral examinations, an assessed year abroad, assessed oral presentations, and five-day take-home papers.

    Further Information

    Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: German BA.

Careers

Thanks to a combination of intellectual training, articulacy and vocational skills, our graduates find employment in many areas of business and commerce, as well as in the public sector (especially, but not exclusively, in education and culture).

While a significant number of our graduates choose to remain in the UK, others spend at least part of their working lives based elsewhere, often in German-speaking countries. Recent graduates have been very successful in gaining employment with leading companies such as Deutsche Bank, Google and The Wall Street Journal, and with organisations such as the British Council.

A high percentage of our graduates proceed to further study, either acquiring additional qualifications in law, journalism or business administration, or embarking on Master's or doctoral degrees, in German studies and related areas such as translating or interpreting or international relations.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Exhibitor Relations Assistant, Frieze Art Fair
  • Associate Contract Specialist, EMC
  • Archives Assistant (Graduate Trainee), Parliamentary Archives
  • Graduate Account Executive, The Marketing Store

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.

UK/EU students
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas students
£16,130 (2016/17)

Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

In your application we will be looking for evidence of your aptitude for language learning, how you became interested in German language, literature, culture or society, what you are doing to further that interest, and why you wish to study this subject at degree level. Please note that single honours German is not available from beginner's level.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017



Selection

If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and life in SELCS.

Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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