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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK & EU fee
£9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
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.

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.

Modern Language Plus BA: German and Latin

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.

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 take 4.0 course units every year. Below are the requirements for the German side of your degree. Please consult the Latin Department for Latin modules.

Students must take one European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) module per year out of one side of their degree or the other in 1st and 2nd year. 

Students cannot take their 2nd year ELCS module out of the same side of their degree as they did in 1st 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 ELCS1*** first-year level module (0. 5cu)*

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 Modules (0.5 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 (0.5 course units)

One GERM2*** module (0.5 cu) or GERM1104 (0.5 cu) or GERM1106 (0.5 cu)
One ELCS6*** (0.5 cu) module*

Year Three (Year Abroad)

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 GERM4*** (0.5 cu) modules or ESPS7101 German Political and Social Thought (0.5cu) totaling 1.0 cu.

* Exceptionally, students who wish to take a 0.5cu module in Latin instead of a 0.5cu ELCS6*** module in either their first or second year should ask the SELCS Undergraduate Tutor for written permission to do so during pre-registration.


There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates, and we embed within 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 (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Teacher, Apollo Vietnam
  • Analyst, J.P. Morgan
  • Full-time student, MA in Issues in Modern Culture at UCL
  • Freelance Journalist, BBC
  • Full-time student, MA in Philosophy at King's College London

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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Application and next steps

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.

When applying for a place on this programme please submit your application to the Modern Language Plus BA. All applicants will then be contacted to confirm the chosen combination of lanugage/subject 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 therefore required for these combinations.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018


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 that 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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