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Overview

Attain a high level of proficiency in the German language, and develop your knowledge and critical understanding of German culture and society through an exceptionally wide choice of modules. The degree programme is based in London and includes a year in a German-speaking country.

Key benefits

  • 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, thought, and history.

  • Central location offers students access to a variety of libraries and resources, including the Goethe-Institut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

  • Year abroad in a German-speaking country offers students the ability to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.

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.

Key information

UCAS code R220

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of German

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Description

Through our required language modules you will attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading the German language, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of German culture and society.

Our language programme is designed to support a range of levels of competence in German – from A-level (or equivalent) to native fluency – and to the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Our cultural curriculum reflects our commitment to innovative and research-led teaching, with staff from across the Department contributing introductory and specialist modules that draw on their own research in German literature, culture and history.

Teaching style

Modules are taught by our expert staff through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and expert one-to-one supervision. 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; you will participate informally in small group discussions, in seminars or online discussion platforms, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments.

Structure of course and assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including précis (written or spoken summaries) and oral presentation, work placement portfolios, longer academic essays in both English and German, and oral and written exams.

Location

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.

Special notes

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).

 

Structure

Year 1

Each course is divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

The degree structure in the German Department differs slightly depending on whether you are a native or non-native German speaker. Each year students take modules totalling 120 credits. Native speakers will take more optional modules because their language modules are worth 15 credits, rather than the 30-credit core language modules for non-native speakers.

Required Modules

Year 1:

If you are non-native German speaker, in your first year, you are required to take:

•           German Core Language I (30 credits)

•           Texts and Contexts (30 credits)

 

If you are a native German speaker, in your first year you are required to take:

•           Translation from and into German I (15 credits)

•           Texts and Contexts (30 credits)

 

 

Optional Modules

 You will then select further modules to bring your total credits to 120 for the year from a range of options, which may include: 

•           Medieval Germany: language, literature & society (15 credits)

•           Milestones in German History (15 credits)

•           One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)

•           An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

  • You may also select 15 credits from outside the Department of German

 

Year 2

Students should take the core modules outlined plus up to six or seven options (depending whether you are a non-native or native speaker). One module may be taken outside the Department.

Required Modules

If you are a non-native German speaker, in your second year you are required to take:

  • German Core Language II (30 credits)
  • At least one of the optional 15-credit modules that contain some pre-modern content from a selection that may include:
    • The German Reformation
    • 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity
    • Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance

If you are a native German speaker, you are required to take:

  • Translation from and into German II (15 credits)
  • At least one of the optional 15 credit modules that contain some pre-modern content from a selection that may include:
    • The German Reformation
    • 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity
    • Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance
Optional Modules

If you are a non-native German speaker

You then select a further 75 credits from a range of optional 15-credit modules, which may include:

  • The modules that contain some pre-modern content 
  • German in London. The City in Literature and Film
  • Society and Popular Culture in Germany
  • A Year in the Life of German-language Film
  • Hitler's Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film
  • Berlin Past and Present: the Reconstruction of a Capital City

You may select 15 credits from outside the Department of German

If you are a native German speaker:

You then select a further 90 credits from a range of optional 15 credit modules, which may include:

  • German in London. The City in Literature and Film
  • Society and Popular Culture in Germany
  • A Year in the Life of German-language Film
  • Hitler's Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film
  • Berlin Past and Present: the Reconstruction of a Capital City

You may select 15 credits from outside the Department of German

Year 3

You will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions, which currently include:

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Universität Wien
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg
  • Universität Mannheim

 

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.

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

Students should take the required modules outlined plus up to six or seven options (depending whether you are a non-native or native speaker).

Required Modules

If you are a non-native German speaker, in your fourth year you are required to take:

  • German Core Language Module III (30 credits)
  • At least one of the optional 15 credit modules that contain some pre-modern content from a selection that may include:
    • Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism
    • Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries
    • Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
    • Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)

If you are a native German speaker, in your fourth year you required to take:

  • Translation from and into German III (15 credits)
  • At least one of the optional 15 credit modules that contain some pre-modern content from a selection that may include:
    • Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism
    • Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries
    • Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
    • Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)
Optional Modules

If you are a non-native German speaker:

  • A further 75 credits from a range of optional 15-credit modules, which may include:
    • The above pre-modern modules
    • Dissertation
    • Aspects of post-1945 German Culture
    • German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images
    • Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies]
    • New German Cinema in East and West
    • Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context
    • Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature
    • Women's Writing: Then and Now

You may select 15 credits from outside the Department of German

If you are a native German speaker:

  • A further 90 credits from a range of optional 15-credit modules, which may include:
    • The above pre-modern modules
    • Dissertation
    • Aspects of post-1945 German Culture
    • German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images
    • Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies]
    • New German Cinema in East and West
    • Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context
    • Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature
    • Women's Writing: Then and Now

Students may select 15 credits from outside the Department of German

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

German.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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: AAB including German at minimum grade B.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in German or, take the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or Goethe-Institute B2 certificate as evidence of proficiency in German.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including German at minimum grade M2. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade B in German; or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade B in German; or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including grade B in German; or M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including grade B in Advanced Higher German (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including German at HL5. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). 

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

Career destinations

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.

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