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Our German & Philosophy BA offers you an exceptionally wide range of modules in both German and Philosophy covering literature, language, film, history, philosophical thought, political and social theory, as well as philosophy of mind, science and ancient philosophy. Our language modules cater for all levels, from complete beginner to native speaker.
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 of German 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 German Department staff. Research ratings have consistently placed us as the best German Department within London, and Modern Languages research at King's achieved a 'power' ranking of 9th in the UK according the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Our teaching is always inspired by our cutting-edge and world-class research, which means the best possible teaching for our students - you will be taught by genuine experts in their field.
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, Mannheim 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 Faculty/department for further advice.
In your first year you will take 60 credits in German and 60 credits in Philosophy.
If you are an ab initio student, in your first year you are required to take:
If you are a non-native German speaker, in your first year you are required to take:
If you are a native German speaker, you are required to take:
- Milestones of German History (15 credits)
- One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)
- Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society (15 credits)
- An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)
In your first year, you are required to take one 15-credit module from each of the following three groups:
• Greek Philosophy I (15 credits)
• Modern Philosophy I (15 credits)
• Ethics I (15 credits)
• Political Philosophy I (15 credits)
• Elementary Logic (15 credits)
• Metaphysics I (15 credits)
• Epistemology I (15 credits)
• Methodology (15 credits)
You will then choose a further 15-credit module from any of the groups listed above.
In your second year you will take 60 credits in German and 60 credits in Philosophy.
If you are an ab initio student, in your second year you are required to take:
If you are a non-native student, in your second year you are required to take:
At least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:
If you are a native German speaker, in your second year you required to take:
In your second year, you are required to choose three modules (45 credits) from at least two of the following groups, each of which may include the following modules:
If you are a non-native student:
If you are a native German speaker
You will take 15 credits from any of the optional modules in the groups listed above, or choose from a further range of 15-credit options that may include, but is not limited to:
You will spend your third year abroad at a partner institution, which currently include:
You will also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/work placement in a German-speaking environment, which you will normally be expected to organise independently, allowing you to explore career prospects and personal interests.
In your fourth year, you will take 60 credits in German and 60 credits in Philosophy.
If you are an ab initio or non-native speaking student, you are required to take:
If you are a native German speaker, in your fourth year, you are required to take:
There are no required modules in your fourth year.
If you are an ab initio or non-native speaking student:
If you are a native German speaker:
You will take at least 45 credits of fourth year (known as level six) modules, listed below. The remaining 15 credits may be from this list, or any module from the second year groups (which are level five).
The range of optional level six modules may include, but are not limited to:
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 value foreign language ability, not just as a specialist skill, but as a personal quality that develops 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 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.
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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The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
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