German & History with a year abroad




Full Time

| UCAS code: RV21
Currently, students study the following core modules. If there are options available the current choices are also shown. We review our optional modules on a regular basis, in order to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the Department(s) for further advice.


You should take the core modules outlined below, plus one History optional module. Native German speakers also choose one optional German module. (This is because their German language module is worth 15 credits, rather than the 30-credit core language module taken by non-native speakers.) Those studying beginners' German (ab initio) take a different, specially-designed core language module.



Texts and Contexts: an introduction to German literature and culture
German Language Core Module I (non-native speakers only)
Translation from and into German I (native speakers only)
German Language Core Module I (ab initio)


Historical Skills, Sources and Approaches

  • Milestones of German History
  • One Hundred Years on German Cinema
  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature & Society
  • German Politics and Society
Students choose one History module from the following list:
  • The Making of Britain 400-1400
  • Medieval Europe 400-1500
  • Early Modern Britain 1500-1750
  • Power, Belief and Culture in Europe 1500-1800
  • The Worlds of the British Empire, c1730-1960
  • Europe from 1793 to 1991
  • Politics and Society in Britain, 1780-1945
First year History module descriptions can be found here:


You take the core module outlined below plus and two or three options in German (depending on whether you are a non-native or native German speaker) and two History optional modules.



German Core Language Module II (non-native speakers)
Translation from and into German II (native speakers)
German Core Langauge Module II (ab initio)



  • The Beginnings of the Arthurian Tradition in Germany
  • Women in the early modern period: representations and responses
  • German Realist fiction in the nineteenth century
  • History into literature
  • Modernism and the Avant-garde
  • A year in the life of German-language film
  • Politics and popular culture in Germany after 1870
  • Germany since 1945: politics, society, economics
  • 18th-century German thought: the education of humanity

Typical second year optional modules:

  • British Economic History from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century
  • Church, State and Nation in Britain, 1750-1939
  • Crime and the Law 1500-1750
  • Europe in the Age of Revolution and Napoleon
  • European Jewry & the Transition to Modernity, 1650 - 1850
  • Faith, Nation and Empire in Modern East-Central Europe (1800-present)
  • From Crowd to Court: Cultures of Politics in Later Hanoverian Britain
  • The French Civil War, 1934-1970
  • Friends, Political Bonds in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy (1300-1550)
  • Greek History down to 322BC
  • History and Memory
  • The History of Australia since 1788
  • History of Political Ideas
  • History of the Iberian World, 1492-1822
  • History of the Roman Empire
  • The Sociology of the Middle Ages
  • The Northern Ireland Troubles
  • Religion & Society in Southern Europe
  • Roman History down to 31BC
  • The Soviet Union and Russia, 1945-2000
  • Themes in Early Modern Cultural History
  • Theories of Modern History

Second year students can also choose to take a module at another College of the University of London. A full list of intercollegiate History modules can be found here:

Second year History module descriptions can be found on our website:


This is spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, either as a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions, as a language teaching assistant, or on an approved work placement. We have links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Berlin and Vienna under the European Erasmus-Socrates scheme.


You take the core module outlined plus up to three German optional modules (depending on whether you are native or non-native speaker) and two History optional modules.



German Language Core Module III (non-native speakers)
Translation from and into German III (native speakers)



  • Religion, sex and politics: German literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • Goethe: from Sturm und Drang to Classicism
  • Heinrich Heine
  • Kafka
  • Aspects of post-1945 German fiction
  • The Third Reich in the post-war German novel
  • Brechtian cinema and political modernism
  • Power and everyday life in the GDR
  • German reunification: culture and politics
  • Politics and everyday life in twentieth-century Germany
  • Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature
  • Writing in Tongues: Multilingual Literature in the German Context
  • Contemporary German Politics
  • Dissertation


Students can choose to take a Group III module which involves studying primary source materials or a Thematic Special Subject, in which students think comparatively and theoretically about the different periods and places they have studied in their degree so far.

Typical Group III modules:

  • Alexander the Great
  • Augustus: Power and Propaganda
  • Australia in the Second World War: Strategy, Politics and Diplomacy
  • Britain's Thatcher
  • British Imperial Policy and Decolonisation, 1938-1964
  • Caribbean Intellectual History since 1800
  • Carolingian Europe, c.750-900
  • The Making of a Colonial Regime: Eastern India, 1780-1820
  • The Norman Conquest of Britain
  • The Origins of Reformation in England
  • Reform & Rebellion in England, 1215-1267
  • Romans & Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West 350-700
  • Women & Gender in Early Modern England
  • Any intercollegiate Group III (please see
Typical Thematic Special Subject modules:
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Economic Crises
  • Intimacies
  • Nations
  • Ritual
Final year History module descriptions can be found on our website:
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