This programme is committed to an individual approach to each student within a coherent but flexible modular degree course. In the first year the choice of modules is limited, creating a broadly based foundation for later study. As each year progresses, you are given increasing freedom to choose the types of modules that suit your interest, including modules outside the department. In the third year you can continue to pursue a broadly based programme or study two or three fields in-depth.
The third year of this programme is spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, normally as a student at university or as a teaching assistant in a school. We have exchange links with the Universities of Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).
For a detailed list of the personal qualities, activities, and credentials other than examination results which will increase your chances of being selected for the undergraduate Music programme please consult the Music Department's webpage.
For further information about the Departments of German and Music, follow the links below.
ABOUT THE Department of German
Studies of graduate employability repeatedly stress the career value of language degrees. Employers in UK and international business, the press and media, IT and technology, marketing and public relations, public administration, international development, law, finance, teaching and lecturing, interpreting, translating and others have been found repeatedly to value foreign language competence, not just as a specialist skill, but as a personal quality that fosters relationship-building, teamwork, and the capacity to move easily in international contexts. Studying German, you will also gain fluency in a language and knowledge of a country and its culture that is increasingly in demand, given Germany’s central role in European economic and political development, and German and Austrian membership of the EU. Recent graduates have found employment in sectors including media production and journalism, human relations, finance, business development, retail and marketing, the civil service, teaching and lecturing. A considerable number have continued to further study. Recent employers of King’s German graduates include Goldman Sachs, Astra Zeneca, the National Assembly of Wales, CNN, the American University in London, and the University of Oxford.
In 2011-12, the Department launched a new curriculum that reflects our commitment to innovative and research-led teaching. Staff across the Department contribute introductory and specialist modules that draw from their own research in German literature, culture and history. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision. This brings you into close contact with tutors, in a department that is regularly ranked among the top three research departments in the UK. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. Teaching is in German and English, according to the subject area. Our teaching style is interactive; students participate informally in small group discussions in seminars or online discussion fora, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Following Year 1 foundation modules in culture, history and politics, more specialised modules in Years 2 and 4 reflect the rich research expertise of Department staff. The King’s German Department ranked joint second in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and the commitment of our staff to research excellence is matched by our enthusiasm for teaching. Our rigorous three-year language programme is tailored both to your own level of language competence, and to the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Non-native speakers take core language modules covering the key skills of reading, writing, listening, spoken interaction and production, and translation. Native speakers currently take a separate module in Translation from and into German. Assessment is in a variety of forms including précis and oral presentation, work placement portfolios, longer academic essays in both English and German, and oral and written exams
Located in the heart of London, the department can draw on unparalleled print, audio-visual and online resources, including the King’s Maughan Library and Senate House Library, the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, the British Film Institute and the British Library. All are within easy walking distance of the Strand Building. The Goethe-Institut and Austrian Cultural Forum also have extensive media and library holdings, and run lively programmes of films, readings, seminars and exhibitions which complement the Department’s internal film screenings, open seminars, exhibitions, and annual departmental play. All teaching takes place at the Strand Campus.
The third year of this programme is spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, normally as a student at university or as a teaching assistant in a school. We have exchange links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Heidelberg, Berlin and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).
ABOUT THE Department of Music
Our former students can be found in schools all over the country, in British and American universities and conservatoires, working at the BBC, in arts management and as composers and conductors of international repute.
Recent graduates have found employment as
Freelance Editor, Lexis Nexis
House Manager, a concert hall trust
International Production Operations co-ordinator, a music company
Marketing Assistant Intern, London symphony orchestra
Mathematics and Music Tutor, a tuition company
Musician, Freelance Musician
Secondary School Teacher, a UK School
The method of teaching varies widely from module to module, according to the subject matter and the level. Some modules are given by means of lectures. Others consist largely of seminars, with students making presentations followed by group discussion. A few modules are taught through small tutorial groups of four or five. Advanced Composition lessons are taught one-to-one. The Department of Music has a tradition of excellence in teaching and research.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
The BMus is a coherent but flexible modular degree programme. As each year progresses, you are given increasing freedom to choose the types of modules that suit your interest, including modules outside the department. Means of assessment vary just as much as the teaching method, but generally there is a mixture of coursework and examination.
Located within easy reach of the great London libraries, the Southbank Centre and London opera houses, the department occupies a building overlooking the River Thames.