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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£16,130 (2016/17)
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 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.

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 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.
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.

Structure

Students must take a total of 4 course units each year.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (2.0 course units)

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

Optional Modules (2.0 course units)

Two GERM1*** 0.5cu modules (1.0 cu)
Two ELCS6*** 0.5cu intermediate-level modules (1.0 cu)


Year Two

Compulsory Modules (2.5 course units)

  • GERM2002 Modern German Language 2 (0.5 cu)
  • GERM2111 Metropolen (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 (1.5 course units)

One GERM2*** optional module (0.5 cu); or GERM1104 (0.5 cu) or GERM1106 (0.5 cu)
Two ELCS6*** (0.5 cu) intermediate-level modules (1.0 cu)


Year Three


Final Year

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)

GERM4001 Translation from and into German (0.5 cu)
GERM4002 Discussion and essay in German (0.5 cu)

Optional Modules (3.0 course units)

GERM4*** optional modules (0.5 cu each)
One ELCS4*** advanced-level module (0.5 cu)
ESPS7101 German Political and Social Thought (0.5 cu).

Entry requirements

A Levels
Grades
AAB
Subjects
German 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 Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. German is required.

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

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.

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 (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.

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.

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 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



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

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