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A degree in London with an exceptionally wide range of modules in both German and Philosophy, covering literature, language, film, history, philosophical thought, and political and social theory, as well as philosophy of mind, science and ancient philosophy and much more. Our compulsory language modules cater for all levels.
Highly-rated department in German with an international reputation for the strength of its world-leading and excellent research.
Teaching informed and delivered by staff who carry out that research.
Exceptionally wide range of modules covering literature, language, film, and history.
Central location offers students access to a variety of libraries and resources, including the Goethe-Insitut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
Year abroad in a German-speaking country offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.
One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.
The Department is ranked as one of the top-three UK philosophy departments in the 2014 Research Excellence framework for both the quality of our research and research power.
Our National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction results are consistently excellent. In the most recent NSS, we came first in the Russell Group for Teaching Satisfaction and Feedback and Assessment; 99% of students report being satisfied with our teaching.
King's offers an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.
Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures students acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking.
Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.
UCAS code RV25
Duration Four years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Joint honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of German,Department of Philosophy
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
A-levels:German ab initio pathway: AAA.Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at Grade A
Access to HE Diploma:German ab initio pathway: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied A Level German at Grade A (or equivalent)
Cambridge Pre-U:German ab initio pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) consideredStandard pathway: As above, but note that German is required as a Principal Subject at Grade D3.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010):German ab initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at grade A.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010):German ab initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at grade A.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010):German ab initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at grade A.Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers:German ab initio pathway: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers.Standard pathway; As above, but note that German is required at Grade A
International Baccalaureate:German ab initio pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required as a HL at Grade 6
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 D3
Further information below
Our exceptionally wide range of modules in the Department of German covers literature of all periods, German film, German history, German philosophical thought, and German political and social theory.
Our Department of Philosophy has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. We are also able to offer an extremely wide range of modules, including subjects like Indian philosophy and medieval philosophy which are offered by very few other universities in the UK.
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 about the departments of German and Philosophy follow the departmental contact links.
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.
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).
Currently, students study the following core modules (modules are 15 credits unless otherwise stated). We review our options on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.
You should take the core modules outlined below. 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 (compulsory)ANDGerman Language Core Module I (non-native speakers only)ORGerman Language Core Module I (ab initio)ORTranslation from and into German I (native speakers only) PhilosophyCombined honours students choose from among our level 4 modules, which are: Greek Philosophy I Ethics I Elementary Logic Metaphysics I Modern Philosophy I Political Philosophy I Epistemology I Methodology In the first year combined honours students must take at least one module in history of philosophy, at least one module in either ethics or political philosophy, and at least one module from among Elementary Logic, Metaphysics I, Epistemology I, and Methodology.
German (for native German speakers only)
Milestones of German History
One Hundred Years on German Cinema
Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society
German Politics and Society
You take the core module outlined below plus and two or three optional modules in German (depending on whether you are a non-native or native German speaker) and four in Philosophy.
German Core Language Module II (30 credits, non-native speakers) OR German Core Language Module II (ab initio) OR Translation from and into German II (15 credits, native speakers)
Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance
The German Reformation
German Realist Fiction in the Nineteenth Century
History into Literature
A Year in the Life of German-language Film
Politics and Popular Culture in Germany after 1870
Berlin: Past and Present
18th-century German Thought: the education of humanity
PhilosophyStudents take four modules from the following lists, with the requirement to choose from at least two of the three lists:List A
Greek Philosophy II: Plato
Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle
Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley
Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza and Leibniz
Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy
Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy
Political Philosophy II: Theories of Justice / Freedom
Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Logic and Language
Philosophy of Mind
In the second year combined honours students may also take one 15 credit module from among level 6 optional subjects.In the second year combined honours students may also take one 15 credit module from among level 6 optional subjects.
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, Heidelberg and Vienna under the European Erasmus-Socrates scheme.
You take the core module outlined plus up to three options in German and a choice of four options in Philosophy. In Philosophy the available modules will change from year to year, but the modules listed below are likely to be offered in either the second or final year.
German Language Core Module III (non-native speakers)ORTranslation 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
Aspects of post-1945 German-Language Culture
New German Cinema in East and West
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: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context
Contemporary German Politics
Philosophy Please note that not all options are offered each year:
19th Century Continental Philosophy
20th Century Continental Philosophy
Advanced Logic modules
Ethics of Science & Technology
Foundations of Analytic Philosophy
Gender & Philosophy
Greek Philosophical Texts
Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools
Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox schools
Philosophy of Biology
Philosophy of Mathematics
Philosophy of Physics II: Quantum Mechanics
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Psychology II
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Topics in Greek Philosophy
Topics in Metaphysics
Topics in Modern Philosophy
Topics in Philosophy of Mind
Topics in Political Philosophy
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.
My reasons for deciding to come to King's are perhaps not quite the same as the things that I would now say are the most valuable experiences I have got out of being here. But this is the nature of anything new or unknown: your expectations will always differ from the reality. This is not a bad thing at all!
When I was applying to King's, part of the reason I wanted to come is that it actually offered German and Philosophy as a joint honours course. The German Department offers a lot of literature courses and the course in Kafka which is offered in the final year was something that caught my eye. I had heard of, and knew about, some of the academics who work/worked here like Prof. Horst Simon, but others who I did not know before have become valuable mentors for me, like Dr. Catherine Smale, and more recently I have enjoyed the seminars and lectures given on Wittgenstein by Prof. Dr. Jonathan Beere at the Humboldt in Berlin.
The Philosophy Department offers a wide variety of courses that interest me and I felt the breadth of options gave me a good chance of making informed decisions when finding my own path in the philosophical world. Since I have been studying here I have realised that my interests have moved from logic to Wittgenstein – there are a lot of logic courses offered at King's which was great for me at the beginning - another factor that I did not take into account when deciding to come to King's is that one can take courses from different London Universities and also that my Erasmus Year would give me the option to tackle German Philosophy in German.
When I came to King’s I knew that I wanted to be in London and that I wanted my Erasmus Year to be in Berlin (this was probably the deciding factor in me coming here). I wanted to be able to continue the band that I am in here (Girl From The Castle), I wanted to have the opportunity to meet people from varying backgrounds and have the opportunities that are only available in London (for instance the art galleries, concerts etc.).
At King's and now at the Humboldt, I enjoy going to the lectures and seminars because I find the atmosphere both relaxed and academic. This is something that I did not take into account as much when deciding to come to King's, but I now find vital to my education. Some of the people that I have met at King's have been invaluable to my development as a person and some of the people I have met outside of King's have been equally as important (if not more, i.e. my fiancée!).
I did not expect to spend most of my time with students who are a lot older than me when I joined King's, but I came to realise that their approach to academic work helped me to take my degree very seriously and they happen to be the people that I get along with best! When my degree does reach its conclusion, I plan to take a year out to write poetry and prose and make music and then embark on a Masters (these plans cannot be too concrete, because there is still a while to go before the end!).
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
The current King’s fee payable during your year(s) abroad is £1,350 p.a.*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£16,250 p.a. (2016/17)**
The current King’s fee payable during your year(s) abroad is 1/3 of the full-year fee p.a.**
For further undergraduate funding information, please visit our fees and funding webpages.
*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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