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Fees and funding

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

Details about financial support are available at:


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Modern European Languages Scholarship
Based on academic merit
Virtus UG Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Modern Language Plus BA: German and Philosophy

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.


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

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 ELCS6*** intermediate-level module (0.5 cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)


  • 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 (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)

Students take, on the Philosophy side of their degree, EITHER 2.0 cu Philosophy modules OR 1.5 cu of Philosophy modules and a 0.5 cu intermediate ELCS6*** module OR 1.0c u Philosophy modules plus 1.0 cu of modules outside the Philosophy Department, one of which must be an intermediate ELCS6*** module (0.5 cu).

Exceptionally, students may replace the ELCS6*** module with a 0.5 cu GERM2*** content module or a 0.5 cu year 2 module in another department provided they obtain written permission to do so from the SELCS Undergraduate Tutor during pre-registration.

Year Three

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

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 (0.5cu).


A total of one ELCS4*** advanced-level module (0.5cu) plus 1.0 cu from GERM4*** (0.5cu) modules or ESPS7101 German Political and Social Thought (0.5cu).


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 (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Software Developer, S D M (2013)
  • Banking Analyst, Goldman Sachs (2013)
  • Senior Auditor, Deloitte (2012)
  • Operations Assistant, UBS (2012)
  • Projection Director, Museum of Decorative Arts (2012)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

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, 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


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.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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