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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.
- 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.
- History and Philosophy of Science
- Science and Society
The final degree awarded on completion will reflect whichever combination you choose.
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 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.
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)
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.
- ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5 cu)
- ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5 cu)
- ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)
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 (2010-2012) 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:
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.