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German at King's

The German-speaking countries have made a major contribution to European culture and civilisation, having produced some of its greatest writers, musicians, philosophers, and scholars. Degree programmes here at King's reflect this by giving you an exceptionally wide choice from a fascinating range of specialist modules in German Studies - from literature and history to contemporary politics, cultural studies and film - as well as an intensive language programme. Our teaching spans everything from medieval German to the very latest developments in German politics and culture in the 21st century. It is possible to study German either post A-level (or equivalent) or from scratch by following a tailor-made ‘ab initio’ course.

You can find out more about what it is like to study German at King's from our academics and students in this video:

Excellence and employability

The Department achieved 100% for teaching satisfaction in the NSS 2014 as well as an overall satisfaction of 92%. The Modern Languages departments at King's ranked 7th in the UK in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject and 8th in the Guardian University guide 2018.

With modern languages in huge demand, our graduates are highly employable, and we have one of the highest rates of employment in the UK in the year after graduation. We provide you not only with the practical language skills, but the intellectual training to succeed in your future career.

Our community

A key aspect of our friendly, vibrant and close-knit Department is our student community and we endeavour to embed learning in other activities in German studies. There is plenty to get involved with from our quarterly German language newspaper, the annual German language play (50 years unbroken) and a very active German society who put on film screenings, academic talks and trips to Germany.

Unrivalled access to resources

The Department is based at the Strand Campus, which is at the heart of London's cultural, historical and political centre. Here you'll have easy access to some of the world's most renowned art museums, theatres, music venues and bookshops. You'll also be near to some of the best German resources in the world, including the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, the British Library, Senate House Library, Goethe-Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum, and King's own Maughan Library.

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