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.
- Degree Programme
- German BA
- UCAS code
- 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- German required.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is 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 Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AA, including German.
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
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
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.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses 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 School of European Languages, Culture & Society (ELCS) courses, 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.
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 course options, including:
An Introduction to German Film since 1945
An Introduction to German History
An Introduction to German Linguistics
Literary Responses to the First World War (ELCS Intermediate Level course)
Shorter Narrative in East and West (ELCS Intermediate Level course)
The Holocaust Witnessed, Remembered, Represented (ELCS Intermediate Level course)
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
You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses. 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 courses
Year abroad in a German-speaking country
Students currently complete a 4,000-word Year Abroad Project in the target language, and:
Any assessment required by a host university (if participating in a university exchange), or:
A British Council Assistantship or work placement abroad.
Discussion and Essay in German
Translation from and into German
You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of options 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 courses
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 (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Associate Contract Specialist, EMC (2013)
- Archives Assistant (Graduate Trainee), Parliamentary Archives (2013)
- Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law (2012)
*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £15,660 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
- UK, EU
- Based on academic merit
- UK, EU
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.