Our exceptionally wide range of modules in the Department of German covers literature of all periods, German film, German history, and German philosophical thought and political and social theory.
The third year of this programme will be spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, normally as an exchange student or as a teaching assistant in a school. We have exchange links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Berlin and Vienna (under the European Socrates-Erasmus scheme).
The Department of English prides itself not only on the range and diversity of the modules it offers, from medieval literature to modern poetry and women's writing, but also on the diversity of the approaches it employs, from contemporary literary theory to close textual examination and historical scholarship.
Students can take this programme either with an A-level (or equivalent) in German, or as a beginner, following a specially-designed ab initio language course.
For more information about the departments of German and English Language & Literature, follow the departmental contact links.
ABOUT THE Department of English
English is a flexible and adaptable subject that equips you with a wide range of transferable skills appropriate to many different occupations. Graduates in English possess skills in written and spoken communication, independent thought and judgement, critical thinking and research, all of which are highly valued by employers. Applicants may be interested in a career in journalism, publishing and the creative industries, or in education and research. Many graduates also go into general management, consultancy and the public services.
Recent graduates have found employment as…
• Librarian, London Borough of Barnet
• Marketing Executive, Ensphere
• Charity Fundraiser, Gogen
• Content Editor, Thomson Reuters UK Professional
• Corporate Affairs Intern, Cadbury Plc
• English Teacher, St Giles College
• Graduate Management Trainee, Sotheby’s
• Junior Script Reader, Altered Image
• National Events Executive, Fundraising & Marketing, Cancer Research UK
• Recruitment Consultant, Michael Page International
• Website Administrator, Walkopedia.ne
• Lecturer, King’s College London and other UK universities
The department attaches great importance to the personal attention it gives to each student. All modules involve seminars, and on a typical module your time is equally divided between these and more formal lectures. We have an effective personal tutor system and a staff-student committee. The department has an international reputation for the quality of its scholarship and all members of staff are actively involved in research. Tutors aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many extra research seminars, poetry readings and literary events held in the department. Individual staff members are frequently called upon to contribute their specialist knowledge to newspapers and other media, and we collaborate with cultural institutions such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the British Museum, the British Library, the Natural History Museum, the Courtauld Institute, the Royal Society of Literature, the V&A and the Wellcome Trust. We have published major recent works on medieval literature and visual culture, early modern drama, 18th-century and Romantic cultural history, Victorian literature and culture, urbanism, 19th and 20th-century American literature, Australian literature and postcolonial literature and textual editing.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
The degree lasts three years, and is assessed through a variety of methods including essays, examinations, creative writing, portfolios, dissertations and other forms of literary analysis. The first year aims to ground your studies in a range of periods and approaches rarely encountered at school level, while in the second and third year you choose from a wide range of options, allowing you to develop your own specialism. Final-year students have the opportunity to design their own research project through the dissertation module, supported by a designated supervisor and a series of workshops.
London is a city of words and images. We are fortunate to be located at the heart of its arts and media district, and close to historic literary locations, offering exciting possibilities for the study of film, theatre, literature and other art-forms. Within 20 minutes’ walk of the Department of English at King’s Strand Campus are Shakespeare’s Globe and the site of the Tabard Inn, where Chaucer’s pilgrims started out on their journey. Even closer at hand are the Inns of Court, Covent Garden, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (London’s oldest working theatre) and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations. Just across Waterloo Bridge is the South Bank arts complex, including the IMAX Cinema, as well as the new BFI Southbank (three screens), which contains the BFI Mediatheque, a studio cinema, and a gallery among other facilities.
All students are offered the opportunity to study abroad – in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and other locations – during the second year of their English degree at King’s. Recent popular destinations include the University of California, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Toronto, Humbolt University, Berlin, and the University of Hong Kong.
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. 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 or on an approved work placement. We have exchange links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Heidelberg, Berlin and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).