Degrees with German

A single-subject degree

Degree combining two modern languages

Degrees combining German and another, non-language subject

You can also take German with the following degrees:


Film from the Undergraduate Open Day Geman Taster talk.

Why Study German?

I chose German mostly for the variety of areas of study that it encapsulates. It offers a bit of everything; literature, culture, linguistics, film, history, and politics. I feel that it is giving me a good grounding for later life and the fact that I'm becoming proficient in a second language is an added bonus.

From the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 back to the teachings of Luther, the music of Bach and Beethoven, the writing of Goethe and Thomas Mann, and the theories of Marx and Nietzsche, Germany and the German-speaking tradition have occupied a central place in Europe and the world. 

Range of Specialisms and Courses

Whether you're here as an undergraduate or graduate degree student or simply on your Junior Year Abroad, you could study a wide variety of specializations: history, culture, film, social and political theory, Austrian studies, literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, and the practice and theory of translation and language acquisition.

If you're a multi-linguist, you can combine German with another language (Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Czech, Finnish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Hebrew or Yiddish). Or combine German with English, Film Studies, History, History of Art, History and Philosophy of Science, Jewish Studies, Management Studies, Latin, or Science Communication and Policy.

Innovative Teaching

Our teaching and research staff are specialists in a wide range of fields and disciplines. Our strengths include medieval, early-modern and modern literature, cultural studies, literary theory, Austrian studies, the practice and theory of translation and language acquisition, modern German history and politics, cultural, social and political theory, and film studies.

All members of staff are prominent in their areas of expertise, attracting large numbers of postgraduates, organising a variety of conferences and seminars, and publishing a diverse array of articles, monographs and textbooks.

We include a Fellow of the British Academy, the principal British historian of the German Democratic Republic, and acknowledged experts on women's writing, especially drama, Austrian literature, and feminist literary theory. Several scholarly journals, including Austrian Studies and the Publications of the English Goethe Society, are or have recently been co-edited by our members of staff.

Connections and Collaborations

We take full advantage of all the German occasions and facilities that London offers. London is home to an unusually rich selection of private and public institutions, government agencies, museums, libraries and research centres that deal with matters pertaining to German culture.

In previous years, students and staff have mounted a variety of productions in UCL's Bloomsbury Theatre and in the experimental Theatre Workshop, including three short plays by Hans Sachs, Grass's Hochwasser, Brecht's Lux in Tenebris and Der kaukasische Kreidekreis, Dürrenmatt's Der Besuch der alten Dame, and both parts of Goethe's Faust.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes
  • Quinault Travel Bursary

We are fortunate enough to offer one travel and research bursary to Germany for the summer of 2020, to the value of £500.

This competition is open to any student, undergraduate or postgraduate, for whom German makes up a substantial component of their degree programme, including Comparative Literature, BA Language and Culture, or EISPS. Its purpose is to fund a research visit to Germany during the summer to undertake an independent research project of a literary, cultural, historic, film-related or linguistic nature.

Applicants should submit an outline of a travel and research proposal (1,000-1,500 words) to Dr Mererid Puw Davies, the Head of German, by Friday 1st of May 2020. The winner will be announced as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will be expected to write a report on returning to the UK to be submitted both to the German department and the Quinault family: please see the work of previous Bursary holders below. This report will be submitted to the Department in Term 1, 2020-21 at a mutually agreed date.

In case of any questions, please contact the Head of German.

Previous winners:
2013-2014: Matthew Clark (BA European Social and Political Studies) - Travel Essay
2014-2015: Tamiza Tudor (BA French and German) - tamiza-essay2014-15
2015-2016: Katie Abbott (BA French and German) - travel_essay
2016-2017: Emilia Olsen (BA German and History of Art) - Essay
2017-2018: Emma Farrell (BA French and German) - Antiziganism and the Identity of the Sinti and Roma in Germany from 1945 to Today (PDF file)

  • At the end of each academic year we give out the following prizes to honour student achievements during the past academic year:

Sesssional Prize (a recognition of student contribution beyond the academic)
Heimann Prize (best final year academic performance in German)
Willoughby Prize (best second year academic performance in German)
Robertson Prize (best first year academic performance in German) Irenie Frowen Prize (best poetry performance)