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Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley

Email: selcs.admissions@ucl.ac.uk

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: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Modern Language Plus BA: Dutch and History of Art

UCAS Code: RY00

The Modern Language Plus BA offers enormous choice and flexibility, combining a modern language (either one you have prior knowledge of, or one new to you), together with another discipline, such as Film Studies, History of Art, Jewish Studies or Management Studies. You will also spend a year abroad.

Degree benefits

  • UCL provides an ideal environment for language study; we offer an enormous range of languages and state-of-the-art facilities, including a well-equipped language learning suite.
  • The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Languages of the Wider World, run by UCL and SOAS, brings together the expertise of a wide range of language specialists.
  • UCL has a large international population, and you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages with native speakers and learn about the associated culture and society.
  • Our location in a cosmopolitan city provides access to frequent and varied cultural events, a huge range of museums, specialist libraries and bookshops, theatres, cinemas, cuisines and cultural societies.

In your first, second and final years you will take courses in your chosen language and the literature, culture, history and linguistics related to it, as well as courses in your chosen discipline. You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which may be from outside your subject area(s), drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

Year three is spent abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken, studying at a university normally with which UCL has an Erasmus or other exchange agreement, working as a British Council Language Assistant or doing a work placement. We expect graduates to achieve the same linguistic competence whether or not they started from scratch.

The following combinations of subjects may be studied together (subject to entry requirements):

  • Dutch and English, History of Art, Philosophy, or Management Studies
  • Dutch with Management Studies
  • French and English, History of Art, or Philosophy
  • German and English, History of Art, Philosophy, or Jewish Studies
  • German with Management Studies
  • Italian and History of Art, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, or Management Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies and English, Philosophy, or History of Art
  • Scandinavian Studies with Management Studies
  • Spanish and History of Art, or Philosophy
  • Spanish with Management Studies.
The above modern languages as well as Hebrew may be studied together as 'and' combinations with:

  • Latin
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Science and Society
and as a 'with' combination with Film Studies.

The final degree awarded on completion will reflect whichever combination you choose.

Your learning

Your language classes focus on developing active skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through a variety of methods and media. You will be taught through lectures and seminars, as well as undertaking web-based study and group work.

Assessment

Courses are assessed by a mixture of written and oral examinations, essays and other forms of coursework.

Structure

Students take 4.0 cu every year. Below are the requirements for the Dutch side of your degree. Please consult the History of Art Department for History of Art modules.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • DUTC1001 Dutch Language 1 (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (0.5 course units)

  • ELCS6***¬† An intermediate-level ELCS module (0.5cu)
  • DUTC1101 Born out of Rebellion: The Netherlands from the Dutch Revolt to the eve of World War I (0.5cu)
  • DUTC1201 Modern Dutch Literary Texts (0.5cu)

Students with advanced knowledge of Dutch may, with the agreement of the DUTC1001 tutor, replace DUTC1001 (Dutch Language 1), 1.0 cu, with DUTC1011 Dutch Language 1a (0.5 cu), plus another ELCS module (0.5).


Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • DUTC2001 Dutch Language 2 (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • DUTC2101 At the Crossroads of Europe: Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg in the 20th and 21st centuries (0.5cu)
  • DUTC2203 Twentieth Century Dutch Literature I: Themes (0.5cu)
  • DUTC2300 Multiculturalism and Identity (0.5 cu)

Students must take one 0.5cu intermediate-level ELCS module out of their History of Art modules this year.


Year Three

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

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • DUTC4001 Dutch Language 4 (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

  • DUTC4201 Making Modern Dutch Literature (0.5cu)
  • DUTC4205 Contemporary History and Culture of the Low Countries (0.5cu)
  • DUTC4502B Advanced Translation (0.5cu)
  • DUTC4901 Project in Dutch (0.5cu)
  • ELCS4***¬† An advanced-level ELCS module (0.5cu)

Exceptionally, and with the written permission of the History of Art Departmental Tutor, students may take an ELCS4*** module from the History of Art side of their degree.

Opportunities

There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed in our teaching the acquisition of transferable skills as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Career paths for modern language graduates include the financial sector, the civil service, journalism, accountancy, publishing, education, advertising, the media and law. Some graduates pursue careers that make special use of their language skills, including translating, interpreting and teaching; others continue with training and research.

Destinations

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

  • Senior Auditor, Deloitte (2012)
  • Operations Assistant, UBS (2012)
  • Projection Director, Museum of Decorative Arts (2012)
  • Analyst, KPMG (2011)
  • Financial Analyst, JP Morgan (2010)

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

Your application

In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in the literature, culture and history of the language you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the language (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country in question.

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.

Selection

If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes 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.

When applying for a place on this programme, all applicants must indicate in the space provided on their application the combination of languages that they wish to be considered for. Please note that French and Spanish are not taught from beginner's level so an A level or equivalent is essential.

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