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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

Degree Programme
German BA
UCAS code
R200
Duration
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
European Languages, Culture and Society
Total intake (by subject area)
194 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
German required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is 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 Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AA, including German.

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

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.

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.

Degree structure

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.

Year One

Compulsory courses

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

Optional courses

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)

Year Two

Compulsory courses

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

Optional courses

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 Three

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.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Discussion and Essay in German
Translation from and into German

Optional courses

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
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 courses

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 (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

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£15,660 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding

Scholarships

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.

Modern European Languages Scholarship

Value
5,000
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria
Based on academic merit

Virtus UG Bursary

Value
7,812.50
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria

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.

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 ab initio.

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 2016



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