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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 Languages BA: German (+ another language)

UCAS Code: R000

This flexible programme allows students to study two languages (Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Yiddish), choosing from departments within SELCS, UCL Hebrew & Jewish and the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES).

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 very international population, meaning you will have countless opportunities to practise and speak your chosen languages and learn about the associated cultures and societies. 

  • Our location in a cosmopolitan city provides access to frequent and varied cultural events, a huge range of museums, galleries, 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 uunits every year. Below are the requirements for the German side of your degree.

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. 

In the final year students have the option to take an ELCS module if they wish, and they can choose which side of their degree they take it.

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 (0.5 cu)

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 3 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* intermediate-level module (0.5 cu)

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)

GERM4*** modules and ESPS7101 - German Political & Social Thought (0.5 cu), totalling 1.5 course units
One ELCS4* advanced-level module (0.5 cu) plus a combination of GERM4* modules (0.5 cu) and ESPS7101 - German Political & Social Thought (0.5 cu) - totaling 1 course unit.


There are many career opportunities for UCL's modern language graduates. We seek to embed within our teaching the acquisition of transferable skills as well as linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Popular 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, while others continue with graduate training and research.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • Client Reporting Analyst, Threadneedle Investments
  • Business Analyst, Accenture
  • Editorial Assistant Intern, Hachette UK
  • English Language Assistant, British Council
  • Full-time student, MSc in Management at the LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

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 languages you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the languages (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country or countries 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 2018


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer open day. There, you will experience the sort of teaching 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 please submit your application to the Modern Languages BA. All applicants will then be contacted to confirm the chosen combination of languages they wish to be considered for. Please note that French and Spanish are not taught from beginner's level, therefore an A level or equivalent is required for these languages. 

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

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