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:

Modern Language Plus BA: German with Film Studies

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.


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


Students must take 4.0 course units each year.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (2.5 course units)

  • GERM1001 The Modern German Language (1.0 cu)
  • GERM1102 An Introduction to German Language and Literature up to 1740 (0.5 cu)
  • GERM1104 German Film I (0.5 cu)
  • GERM1105 An Introduction to Modern German Literature (0.5 cu)

Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)

Two GERM1* optional modules (0.5 cu each)
One ELCS6* intermediate-level module (0.5 cu) plus one GERM1* optional module (0.5 cu)

Optional Modules (0.5 course units)

  • ELCS6031 Considering Narrative Structure in Film (0.5 cu)
  • ELCS6004 European Art Cinema (0. 5cu)
  • ELCS6005 Futurism and Futurisms (0.5 cu)
  • ELCS6008 Introduction to Film Adaptation (0.5 cu)
  • ELCS6022 Modern Art and Mass Culture (0.5 cu)
  • ELCS6019 How to Make an 8-minute Documentary (0.5 cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)

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

Two of the following (1.0 course units)

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

Optional Modules (1.0 course units)

A total of 1.0 cu from GERM2* modules (0.5 cu), or GERM1106 (0.5 cu)
A total of 1.0 cu from ELCS6* intermediate-level modules (0.5 cu) plus one of GERM2* modules (0.5 cu) or GERM1106 (0.5 cu)

Optional Modules (1.0 course units)

  • ELCS6031 Considering Narrative Structure in Film (0.5 cu)
  • ELCS6004 European Art Cinema (0.5 cu)
  • ELCS6005 Futurism and Futurisms (0.5 cu)
  • ELCS6008 Introduction to Film Adaptation (0.5 cu)
  • ELCS6022 Modern Art and Mass Culture (0.5 cu)
  • ELCS6019 How to Make an 8-minute Documentary (0.5 cu)

Students who fulfill the language requirements may substitute an intermediate level film module in one of the other SELCS language departments for one of these modules.

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 (1.5 course units)

  • GERM4001 Modern German Language (0.5 cu)
  • GERM4002 Discussion and essay in German (0.5 cu)
  • GERM4903 Weimar and Nazi Film (0.5 cu)

Optional Modules (2.0 course units)

A total of 2.0 cu from GERM4* modules (0.5 cu each) or ESPS7101 (0.5 cu)
A total of 1.5 cu from GERM4* modules (0.5 cu each) or ESPS7101 (0.5cu) plus one ELCS4* advanced-level module (0.5 cu)

Optional Module (0.5cu)

An ELCS4* or GERM4* advanced-level module that involves film (0.5 cu)

Students who fulfil the language requirements may substitute an advanced level module in one of the other SELCS language departments for this module.


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.


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.


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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