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.
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 5 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 216 (2017 entry)*
- German required.
- 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
- 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:
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.
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.
- 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.
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
- 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
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.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Introduction to German Language and Literature up to 1740
Introduction to Modern German Literature
Modern German Language I
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.
Debating Enlightenment: Literature and Culture 1740-1870
Love-Violence-Laughter: Medieval and Early Modern German Literature up to 1740
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.
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.
Institutions currently open to the programme include:
Visit UCL Study Abroad for further details.
Discussion and Essay in German
Translation from and into German
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
History and Representation: The Holocaust as a Case-study
Language, Power and Ideology
Modern German Art
Reading Modern Novels
Social History of the GDR
Wolfram von Eschenbach: Parzival
ELCS Advanced Level modules
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.
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.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: German BA.
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.
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.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.
- UK/EU students
- £TBC (2017/18 - see below)
- Overseas students
- £17,710 (2017/18)
UK/EU undergraduate fees are currently (August 2016) capped at £9,000 and UCL charges fees at the level of that cap. This cap on UK/EU undergraduate fees is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.
Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website
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.
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
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
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