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Modern Languages BA: German (+ SSEES 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, Portugese, 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; Portuguese, Russian; Scandinavian (one of: Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish); Spanish; East European (one of: Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian); Yiddish.
It may be possible to combine Icelandic and Danish. Please contact the SELCS Admissions Officer for more details.
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 take 4.0 cu every year.
Below are the requirements for the German side of your degree.
Students must choose either a SSEES cross-cultural module
or an European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) module to the value of 0.5cu in both Year 1 and Year 2.
taken instead of a 0.5cu module on one side of the degree in one year
and instead of a 0.5cu module on the other side of the degree in the
following year, in either order.
For example, if a 0.5cu ELCS module or
SSEES cross-cultural module is taken out of the Russian side in Year
1, a 0.5 ELCS module or SSEES cross-cultural module must be taken out of
the German side in Year 2.
For information about the SSEES side of this programme diet please consult the SSEES website:
Compulsory Modules (1.5 course units)
- GERM1001 The Modern German Language (1.0cu) or GERM1002 German for Beginners (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 (0.5 course units)
- One GERM1* module (0.5cu)or
- ELCS6***: any ELCS Intermediate module (0.5cu)
- SEEE1003: Introduction to East European Literature in Translation (T1)
- SEEE1002B: Introduction to East European Literature in Translation (T2)
- SEEE1005: Culture in Eastern Europe: anthropological approaches (Term 1 only)
- SEEE2005A: Cinema in Eastern Europe (Term 1 only)
- SEEE2005B: Cinema in Eastern Europe (Term 2 only)
- SEEE2006: How Words Work: Sounds and Sense (Term 1 only)
- SEEE2007: How Words Work: Meaning and Modularity (Term 2 only)
- SEEE(code TBC): Tales of the unexpected: the supernatural and fantastic in literature, 1800-1930 (Term TBC)
- SEEE(code TBC): Narratives of Exile (Term TBC)
Compulsory Modules (1.0 course unit)
- GERM2002 - Modern German Language 2 (0.5 course units)
- GERM2111 - Metropolen (0.5 course units)
- GERM1001 - The Modern German language (1.0 course units).
Plus One of the following (0.5 course units):
- 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 (0.5 course units)
One GERM2* module (0.5cu); or GERM1104 (0.5cu) or GERM1106 (0.5cu)
One ELCS6* intermediate-level or SSEES cross-cultural module if you did not take one from the German side of your degree in Year 1 (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 (0.5 course units)
- GERM4002 - Discussion and essay in German (0.5 course units)
Optional Modules (1.5 course units)
A total of 1.5cu from GERM4* 0.5 modules or ESPS7101 German Political and Social Thought(0.5cu).
A total of one ELCS4* advanced-level module (0.5cu) plus 1.0cu from GERM4* 0.5 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.
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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:
- Research Assistant, 2020health (thinktank) (2012)
- Consultant, Deloitte (2012)
- Architectural Assistant, Nick Wilson Architecture (2011)
- Advertising Assistant, Ambition Communications (2011)
- Political Assistant to MEP, European Parliament (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 and 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 brom beginner's level so and A level or equivalent is essential.