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  • Start date: September 2019

German and History BA

This four-year programme combines study of the language and culture of the German-speaking countries with a wide range of history modules offered by UCL's School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES).

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
RV21
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
History required, foreign language preferred.
Grades
(contextual offer)
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
History required, foreign language preferred.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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 History and preferably a foreign language, with no score lower than 5.
Points
(contextual offer)
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects including History and preferably a foreign language, 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. History required and a foreign language preferred.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including History and preferably a foreign language at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB, including History and preferably a foreign language.

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 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 acknowledged experts on medieval comedy, modern German literature and film, Austrian literature, German history, linguistics and psychology.

  • Students play an active role in the department, organising an annual German play and hosting high-profile events. Recent examples have included a summit on the future of Anglo-German relations.

  • Resources within ten minutes' walk include the British Library, Senate House Library, the Institute for Modern Languages Research, the German Historical Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Years one and two are essentially 'contextual', providing you with a broad overview and a methodological framework for your studies. Modules can be divided into the following broad areas:

Language - discussion and essay-writing, reading 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 - German and Austrian politics, and history and social and political theory
Linguistics - linguistic theory, history of the language, sociolinguistics, political discourse

You will also take SELCS interdepartmental modules focusing on literature, film, history and linguistics from outside your subject areas. This will enable you to focus on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective, 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 will 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.

Core or compulsory module(s)


German for Beginners (for students who have not taken German at A level or equivalent)
or
Modern German Language (for post-A level students)

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

Optional modules

You will choose one module (subject to availability) from:

An Introduction to German Film since 1945
An Introduction to German History
An Introduction to German Linguistics
SELCS interdepartmental first-level modules which usally focus on literature, history, linguistics.

In addition you will select 60 credits from a wide range of history modules taught in SSEES.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Metropolen and Modern German Language II
or
The Modern German Language - depending on your language level

You will also select one module from the following list (subject to availability):

The Challenge of Modernity: Literature and Culture 1870-present
Debating Enlightenment: Literature and Culture 1740-1870
Love - Violence - Laughter: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture


Optional modules

You will select 30 credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

Aspects of Twentieth Century German History
History of the German Language
An Introduction to German Film since 1945
An Introduction to German Linguistics
Politics, Culture and Society in Germany since 1945
SELCS interdepartmental Intermediate modules

In addition you will select 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules taught in SSEES, which may include:

Between Politics and Culture: German Ideas 1890-1970
Fascism and Authoritarianism in Eastern Europe 1918-1945
History of Modern Germany

Year abroad

You will spend your third year abroad in a German-speaking country.

You can participate in a university placement with one of our partner universities, undertake a work placement or British Council language assistantship abroad (subject to availability/ approval), to make the most of your cultural and linguistic immersion. The experiences and skills developed while abroad further academic and personal development, cultural and social awareness, provide a foundation for further study and enhance career prospects.

For further information and a list of partner universities please see the SELCS year abroad website.

Optional modules

Core or compulsory module(s)

Discussion and Essay in German

Optional modules

You will select 45 credits from a wide range of optional modules within the German department, which may include:

Austrian Literature 1890-1938: From Empire to Republic
Black Germany
German Fiction and German History
German Literature and Psychology
German Political and Social Thought
Imperial Germany
Language, Power and Ideology
Reading Modern Novels
Empathy
Surveillance
SELCS interdepartmental advanced modules

You will also select 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules taught in SSEES, which may include:

East and West through Travel Writing: The Limits and Divisions of Europe
The Russian Revolution
Urban Culture and Modernity: Vienna-Prague-Budapest, 1857-1938


Your learning

Teaching is delivered primarily through small seminar groups, often including individual and group presentations and small-group exercises. Lectures are less frequent, and are used to convey information which can then be discussed in small-group teaching.

Assessment

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

Further Information

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

Careers

Thanks to a combination of intellectual training, articulacy and vocational skills, our graduates find employment in many areas of business, commerce, journalism, and law, 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 of German-related programmes have been very successful in gaining employment with companies such as Deutsche Bank, Google, 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, European history, and in related areas such as translating, interpreting or international relations).

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, MA/MLitt in German and Comparative Literature Universitšt Bonn (University of Bonn)

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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£19,390 (2018/19)

Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

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 listed below are for 2018 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2019 entry will be published when they are available.

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. We will hope to discover how you became interested in history and in German language, literature, culture or society, what you are doing to further your interests, and why you wish to study these subjects at degree 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 2019



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 will be able to experience the sort of teaching 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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