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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only.
- UK & EU fee
- £9,250 (2017/18)
- Overseas fee
- £17,710 (2017/18)
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.
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.
- 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.
Students must take a total of 4 course units each year.
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)
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 (Year Abroad)
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).
- German 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 Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. German is required.
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.
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 (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.
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