Modern Greek Studies & Portuguese & Brazilian Studies with a year abroad

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BA

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Full Time

| UCAS code: RR95
A joint honours Greek and Portuguese degree programme based in London. Students spend the third year either in Greece or Cyprus, or in a Portuguese-speaking country, normally in a university, or may choose to divide their time between the two.

KEY BENEFITS
Byzantine & Modern Greek
  • King's is one of only three UK institutions that teach Byzantine & Modern Greek to BA degree level.
  • The department at King's is the largest of its kind, with all staff active in research at an international level, in a wide range of fields.
  • Location makes collaboration possible with many Greek cultural organisations based in London.
  • Students are offered the opportunity to improve their language skills during a year studying abroad.
  • Graduates go into a wide range of professions, including law, government service, journalism, teaching and the financial services industries.

Portuguese & Brazilian Studies
  • Programme taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly environment.
  • Wide range of modules is unique in the UK.
  • King’s library contains the most complete collection of material on Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa available in any UK university.
  • Central location offers students the opportunity to make use of the library of the Luso-Brazilian Council.
  • Opportunity to study abroad for a year offers students the chance to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.
UCAS code
RR95
Programme type
Joint honours
Duration
Four years
Location
Strand Campus
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
School of Arts and Humanities
Centre for Hellenic Studies
Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
Strand Campus
Email
Tel
020 7848 2350/2374
Fax
020 7848 7200


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's provides an unrivalled environment for aspiring students of Modern Greek and our library houses the premier collection of Greek publications in the UK.

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Penninsular language, literature and cultural history from the earliest times to the present day. Our particular strengths are in medieval and early modern studies, modern literature and culture (both Peninsular and Latin-American), and Portuguese language. The core language modules help students refine and deepen the linguistic knowledge essential to all fields of study.

The third year of this programme will be spent abroad. The year will normally be spent studying for equal periods at a university in Greece/Cyprus and Portugal/Brazil. If you are a beginner in the Portuguese language, you additionally take a one-week language course prior to the beginning of the year, and one intensive language course in Portugal prior to your second year.

You will carry out assessed coursework contributing towards your degree.

For more about the departments of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, follow the departmental contact links.




ABOUT THE Centre for Hellenic Studies

CAREERS
Language students are always sought after, and many of our students find it very useful to have one of the less common EU languages. A qualification in Modern Greek Studies will often catch the eye of an employer looking for independent-minded graduates. Our students go into a wide range of professions: law, government service, the financial industries, journalism, school and university teaching etc. Many of them choose to continue to travel and to work in careers with an international aspect.

Recent graduates have found employment as:
• Academic university posts in the UK, US, Greece & Cyprus
• Political Researcher
• Trainee Chartered Accountant, Pricewaterhousecooper
• Financial Journalist
• Theatre Director
• Post Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Asia Minor studies

TEACHING STYLE
Most of our modules are taught in small groups. Language teaching is communicative, using a wide range of authentic materials, including video/DVD and computers, while also providing a firm grounding in writing and grammatical skills. Literature, history and linguistics classes are discussion-based.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
The normal length of study is four years, of which the third is spent studying abroad. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examination. On your year abroad (if applicable) you will carry out assessed coursework contributing towards your degree.

LOCATION
The exceptionally rich Burrows Library of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies is part of King's Library, now magnificently housed in the Maughan Library, Chancery Lane. Our geographical position makes it possible for us to collaborate with the many Greek cultural organisations based in London.

SPECIAL NOTES
All degree programmes include the requirement that the third year should be spent in study abroad, which may be either wholly in Greece or Cyprus or wholly in another country relevant to your programme of study, or be divided between the two. Exemptions from the year abroad are possible for some categories of students, including native speakers of Greek.


ABOUT THE Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

CAREERS

Your degree will equip you with the language skills, cultural awareness and critical independence necessary to compete successfully in almost limitless range of careers.

Recent graduates have gone on to gain employment in areas including business and commerce, finance, marketing, accountancy, law, the Civil Service, the media, charitable and non-governmental organizations, while others have remained in higher education to gain a teaching qualification or continue their studies at postgraduate level.


TEACHING STYLE

Our programmes are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment. Through lectures, interactive seminars and individual tutorials we help students to become independent, lifelong learners, who contribute to the quality of their own education.

You will be studying with staff who are experts in a rich variety of fields and whose advanced research will put you at the cutting edge of critical thinking. As you progress, you will be able to tailor your degree according to your particular interests and gain exposure to different disciplines and approaches, such as History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, gender and cultural studies, as well as film and visual arts.


STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

Our programmes offer students a flexible yet coherent structure within which to explore the richness of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the first year, you will take a core language module and a core culture module, ‘Global Iberias’. Depending on your programme, you will choose additional optional modules. In subsequent years, you will take a core language module, and choose from a variety of electives. In your final year, you may take a research topic to replace one or two of your modules.

Progression from year to year depends upon passing the required number of credits and the compulsory language module.


LOCATION

We are located in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (eg the Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute) that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture including theatre, music, and art. The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection of material on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including several in the Rare Books collection. Within London there are other important complementary collections in the libraries and research institutes of the University of London and the British Library.


SPECIAL NOTES

The year abroad is an obligatory and enriching part of our programmes, with a wide range of options to study (eg. under the Socrates-Erasmus programme) or, through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain and Latin America.


 

Currently, students study the following core modules. If there are options available the current choices are also shown. King's reviews its optional modules 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 Department(s) for further advice.

YEAR 1
You take the core modules outlined plus a compulsory module in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies plus 30 credits of optional modules in Modern Greek.

YEAR 1 CORE
  • Modern Greek Language
  • Core Portuguese Language
  • Global Iberias (compulsory)


YEAR 1 OPTIONS
Modern Greek
  • Reading modern poetry comparatively (Greek/English)
  • Translation stratgies: Modern Greek/English
  • Arts and Empire: the Legacy of Byzantium
  • Receptions of the past: the Hellenic world from Antiquity to today
Centre for Hellenic Studies (Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies) full module descriptions: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/modules/index.aspx

YEAR 2
You take the modules outlined plus two optional modules in Portuguese and two optional modules in Modern Greek.

YEAR 2 CORE
  • Modern Greek Language
  • Core Portuguese Language


YEAR 2 OPTIONS
Modern Greek
  • Modern Greek Language
  • The novels of Nikos Kazantzakis
  • Modernity and the nation in Greek fiction since 1922
  • Myth and Literature: ancient stories, modern meanings
  • Forms of discovery: Hardy, Cavafy, and the modern short poem
  • Language varieties and sociolinguistics
  • Constantinople: Imperial capital - medieval metropolis
  • The Byzantine Empire, 600-1453
Portuguese
  • Postcolonial Portugal: Literature and Film
  • Introduction to Brazilian Popular Music Studies
  • Portuguese Short Fiction in the Twentieth Century
  • Leaders, Legends and Chivalry in Medieval Portugal
  • Brazilian Poetry & Song I: Modernism Samba and the Estado Novo 1915-1945
  • Portugal: Modernity, Traditionalism & National Identity
  • History of Brazil, 1889 to the Present
Centre for Hellenic Studies (Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies) full module descriptions: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/modules/index.aspx

Portuguese module descriptions:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/splas/modules/index.aspx

YEAR 3
The year will normally be spent studying for equal periods at a university in Greece/Cyprus and Portugal/Brazil.

YEAR 4
Students should take the modules outlined plus two optional modules in Portuguese and two optional modules in Modern Greek studies.

YEAR 4 CORE
  • Modern Greek Language
  • Core Portuguese Language


YEAR 4 OPTIONS
Modern Greek
  • Modern Greek Language
  • Modern Greek Dissertation
  • Long essay in Linguistics
  • Language politics and ideologies: Greek, European, global contexts
  • War in Greek poetry 1897-1981
  • Romanticism and Revolution: Byron, the Shelleys and Greece
  • Origins of nations and nationalism: Identity in the Hellenic world
  • Descent to the Underworld: Transformations of a myth
Portuguese
  • Composition
  • Brazilian Poetry and Song II: 1958 to the Present
  • Imperial Visions in Iberian Literature
  • Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Africa and the Americas
  • Love, Dictatorship & Crisis in Contemporary Brazilian Fiction
  • Voicing Love and Dissent in the Sixteenth Century
  • Dissertation

Centre for Hellenic Studies (Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies) full module descriptions: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/modules/index.aspx

Portuguese module descriptions:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/splas/modules/index.aspx



ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
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Belgium
Certificat D
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Brazil
Brazil
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Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
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Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
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Chile
Chile
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China
Gao Kao (University Entrance Examination)
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Cyprus
Apolytirion
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Czech Republic
Maturita

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Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen

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Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

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Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
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France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
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Germany
Abitur

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Ghana
School Leaving Certificate

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Greece
Apolytirion

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

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Hungary
Erettsegi

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India
School Leaving Certificate
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Iran
School Leaving Certificate
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Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)

Six subjects at Higher Level with grades of A1 A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 . Preferred subjects: History, French, Portuguese or Italian

Italy
Esame di Stato
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Japan
School Leaving Certificate
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Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
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Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
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Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
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Malaysia
Malaysia
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Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
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Mexico
Mexico
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Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
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Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
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New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
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Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
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Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
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Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
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Poland
Matura
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Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
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Romania
School Leaving Certificate
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Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
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Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
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Singapore
Singapore A Level
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Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
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Slovenia
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
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South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
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Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
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Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
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Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
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Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
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United Kingdom
Compulsory subjects
English, History or a modern foreign language preferred.
A levels
AAB
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
Access to HE Diploma

Access to Humanities (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. . Preferred subjects: History, French, Portuguese or Italian

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 . Preferred subjects: History, French, Portuguese or Italian. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

Combinations of the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (with Distinction) and other qualifications (such as two A-levels) may be considered. Note  preferred subjects: History, French, Portuguese or Italian.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAABB in 5 Highers. Preferred subjects: History, French, Portuguese or Italian

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 . Preferred subjects: History, French, Portuguese or Italian. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

European Baccalaureate
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USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
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OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

SELECTION PROCEDURE
We do not require knowledge of Modern Greek, but we are looking for students who can demonstrate some experience of, and aptitude for, language acquisition.

Related programme student profile

Portuguese & Brazilian Studies & French with a year abroad BA
I chose to come to King’s because of its excellent academic reputation and its location right at the heart of London, which I believe to be the best city in the world. The capital has an amazing energy that you just will not find anywhere else in the UK and there’s always something to do at a student-friendly price.


King’s has connections with some of the world’s best universities in destinations as exotic as the Caribbean, and studying abroad for a year was the best part of my degree. I split the year between France and Portugal, and found myself not only studying but working and volunteering in both languages. The funding I was given to go abroad stretched to allow me to travel throughout the countries and I spent a great deal of time studying on the beach instead of in a library!


I have been involved in three societies throughout my time at university, allowing me to play sport, practise my Portuguese and volunteer with St John Ambulance. My time at King’s has been varied, challenging and great fun, and I know the opportunities I took advantage of here will continue to benefit me long after graduation.