Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley


Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at:

German and History BA

UCAS code: RV21

This four-year programme combines study of the language and culture of the German-speaking countries with a wide range of history courses offered by UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). SSEES specialises in Central and Eastern European history, politics and language.

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 Institute of Historical Research.

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 and 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. You will take half your courses in each discipline.

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.


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.


Students take 4.0 course units every year. Below are the requirements for the German side of your degree. 

Students must take one European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) module out of the German side of their degree in either first or second year.  In the final year they can choose whether to take an ELCS module or not.  Students are not permitted to take an ELCS module out of the History side of their degree in any year.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (1.5 course units)

  • GERM1001 The Modern German Language (1.0 cu) or GERM1002 German for Beginners (1.0 cu)
  • GERM1105 An Introduction to Modern German Literature (0.5 cu) or GERM1102 Introduction to German Language and Literature up to 1740 (0.5 cu)

Optional Modules (0.5 course units)

One GERM1* module (0.5 cu)
One ELCS6* intermediate-level module (0.5 cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)


  • GERM2002 Modern German Language 2 (0.5 cu) and
  • GERM2111 Metropolen (0.5 cu)


  • GERM1001 The Modern German language (1.0 cu).

Plus One of the following (0.5 cu):

  • GERM2106 Love, Violence and Laughter (0.5 cu)
  • GERM2107 Debating Enlightenment (0.5 cu)
  • GERM2108 The Challenge of Modernity (0.5 cu)

Optional Modules (0.5 course units)

One GERM2* module (0.5 cu); or GERM1104 (0.5 cu) or GERM1106 (0.5 cu)
One ELCS6* intermediate-level module if they did not take an ELCS6* module in Year 1 (0.5 cu)

Year Three

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5 cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5 cu)
  • ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0 cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (0.5 course units)

  • GERM4002 Discussion and essay in German (0.5 cu)

Optional Modules (1.5 course units)

A total of 1.5 cu from GERM4* (0.5 cu) modules or ESPS7101 German Political and Social Thought (0.5 cu).

A total of one ELCS4* advanced-level module (0.5cu) plus 1.0 cu from GERM4* (0.5 cu) modules or ESPS7101 German Political and Social Thought (0.5 cu).

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects History required, foreign language preferred.
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:

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.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

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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:

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


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 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, in European history, and in related areas such as translating or interpreting or international relations.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Business Development and Account Manager, Corporate Executive Board Company (2012)
  • Full-time student, College of Law (2012)
  • Full-time student, MA in German at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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 those 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.


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.

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