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Modern Languages BA: German (+ Portuguese)
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).
- 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, galleries, specialist libraries and bookshops, theatres, cinemas, cuisines and cultural societies.
In your first, second and final years you will take language courses in your chosen subjects, as well as courses in the literature, culture, history and linguistics related to them. You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.
You may choose two languages that you have studied previously, or take a language at beginner's level alongside one you already know. It is not possible to study two languages from scratch at the same time. Please refer to the SELCS website for information about which languages have specific entry requirements and what language levels UCL offers.
Your third year is spent abroad, 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. This will be split between two countries where your chosen languages are spoken. We expect graduates to achieve the same linguistic competence regardless of whether they started a language from scratch or had previous knowledge of it.
Any two of the following languages may be combined (subject to entry requirements):
Dutch; French; German; Hebrew; Italian; Russian; Scandinavian (one of: Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish); Spanish; East European (one of: Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian); Yiddish
Importantly, you should note that the final degree awarded on completion will reflect whichever combination you choose, for example French and Italian BA, Dutch and German BA, Russian and Yiddish BA.
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 a total of 4 course units each year.
Compulsory Modules (1.5 course units)
- GERM1001 The Modern German Language (1.0cu)
- GERM1105 An Introduction to Modern German Literature (0.5cu) or GERM1102 Introduction to German Language and Literature up to 1740 (0.5)
Optional Modules (1.0 course unit)
One GERM1* module (0.5cu)
One ELCS6* intermediate-level module (0.5cu)
Compulsory Modules (1.5 course units)
- GERM2002 Modern German Language 2 (0.5cu)
- GERM211 Metropolen (0.5cu)
- One of the following
- GERM2106 - Love, Violence and Laughter (0.5 course units)
- GERM2107 - Debating Enlightenment (0.5 course units)
- GERM2108 - The Challenge of Modernity (0.5 course units)
Optional Modules (1.0 course units)
- One GERM2*module (0.5cu), or GERM1104 (0.5cu) or GERM1106 (0.5cu)
- One ELCS intermediate-level module (0.5cu)
- ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
- ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
- ELCS3003 - Third Year Project A (0.5cu)
- ELCS3004 - Third Year Project B (0.5cu)
Compulsory Modules (1 course unit)
Optional Modules (1 course unit)
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.
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 (2009-2011) of this programme include:
- Architectural Assistant, Nick Wilson Architecture (2011)
- Advertising Assistant, Ambition Communications (2011)
- Political Assistant to MEP, European Parliament (2010)
- Head of Editorial Department, Kinovista (2010)
- Marketing Manager, Big Windmill (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 you will be invited to attend an applicant open day at UCL. You may also be asked to respond to an admissions questionnaire and/or attend an interview (at which different languages may be spoken).
For overseas candidates or candidates for whom travel to UCL is difficult alternative arrangements will be made. Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential.
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, German and Spanish are not taught from beginner's level so an A level or equivalent is essential.