The Department of German at UCL is one of the world's leading departments for the study of German culture, history and language.
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.
As one of our students you will also be a part of UCL's School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS), and will have the opportunity to choose from Undergraduate, Graduate Taught and Graduate Research Programmes that you can tailor to your interests of study.
Find out more about your options for study, and the Department's specialisms using the links below.
- 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
The teaching and research staff at the Department of German at UCL are specialists in a wide range of fields and disciplines. The department's 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.
The department includes 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 from within the department.
- Research Excellence
In the RAE 2008, UCL German was tied for first place in percentage of research judged to be 'world leading' and received the second highest rating overall.
In 2004, the year UCL was styled The Sunday Times University of the Year, the German Department was declared the best in the UK in The Times Guide to Higher Education.
- Connections and Collaborations
The department takes 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.
Your Year Abroad
All undergraduate SELCS students on a four-year degree, in any department, spend their Year 3 abroad.
- Find out more about the Year Abroad.
Affiliates (incoming students)
Affiliate students (those coming from other institutions to spend a period of study at UCL) will study alongside UCL and international students,
benefiting from UCL's world-class teaching system and renowned academics.
- Find out more about joining us as an Affiliate Student.
Students from other UK universities and members of the public are welcome
to study individual undergraduate and postgraduate modules from any of
the SELCS departments.
- Find out how to join us as an Auditing Student.