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European Studies (German pathway) with a year abroad BA

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Overview

The European Studies (German pathway) BA is an interdepartmental course that allows you to study Modern Europe from a German perspective. You will study the politics, history, language and contemporary culture of Germany, preparing you for the third year where you will be taught and examined at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Key benefits

  • No prior knowledge of German is required for the ab initio version of this pathway, you will learn the language from scratch. 
  • The department is a founding member of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, which regularly hosts high-profile scholars and practitioners at King's.
  • Taught by research-active, multi-national team of academics with the opportunity to specialise in particular fields or politics, government and nation.
  • Your third-year will be spent studying abroad providing you with excellent opportunities to engage in German culture and society.
  • Opportunities to take part in a broad range of extra-curricular events, from lectures by visiting speakers to the student-organised annual ‘European Week’ where you will debate contemporary issues.
  • You will develop analytical and presentational skills valued by employers, opening up career opportunities in politics, diplomacy, administrations, business and journalism.
  • Enjoy an unrivalled range of contacts with cultural institutes, libraries, international firms and government agencies.

Key information

UCAS code RR82

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department Department of European & International Studies

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Description

The European Studies (German pathway) BA degree course is split between European Studies modules and German-specific modules. You will study a range of required modules that include European politics, political economy, political thought, contemporary history, culture, economics, law, alongside of which you will focus on German politics, history, language and contemporary culture.

This degree is a four-year study course that is composed of optional and required modules totalling 450 credits. Each year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits, apart from your third year where you will take modules totaling 90 credits. Your third year of study will be in Germany at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, developing your modern language skills and deepening your understanding of German culture and attitudes towards Europe. 

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study with about 15% of your week in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 85% spent in guided independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations. Your practical exam in your third year will be taken once you return to King’s College London following your study abroad year.

Location

The Strand Campus, where most of the teaching takes place, is located in the heart of London adjacent to the Thames and close to Covent Garden. No other place in the United Kingdom can compete with London with regards to the opportunities on offer for the study of modern Europe. The library and research facilities available, as well as the range of contacts with cultural institutes, libraries, international firms, journalists, clubs and government agencies, far outstrip anything available elsewhere. Foreign language film showings, exhibitions, political talks and other cultural events take place continually.

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Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totaling 120 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide upto-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • The Making of Modern Europe: Historical, Political & Sociological Approaches (30 credits)
  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)
  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following language modules based on German language ability:

  • Introductory German (for ab initio I) (30 credits)
  • German Core Language Module I (for non-native speakers) (30 credits)
  • Translation from & into German I (for native speakers) (15 credits)

Native speakers will also study one of the following German modules:

  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature & Society (15 credits)
  • One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take one module from a range of “Europe” optional modules that may typically include:

  • Introduction to Politics (30 credits)
  • Introduction to International Economics (30 credits)
  • European Law (The Dickson Poon School of Law) (30 credits)
  • The Causes of War (Department of War Studies) (30 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • The Integration of the European Union (30 credits)
  • Politics & Culture in Cold War Germany (15 credits)

In addition, you are required to take one of the following language modules based on German language ability:

  • Intermediate German II (for ab initio) (30 credits)
  • German Core Language II (for non-native speakers) (30 credits)
  • Translation from and into German II (for native speakers) (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Ab initio and non-native speakers are required to take one 15 credit module and native speakers are required to take two 15 credit modules, from the following range of German optional modules:

  • Gender & Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
  • A Global Metropolis: London in German Literature and Film (15 credits)
  • History of Literature  (15 credits)
  • The German Reformation  (15 credits)
  • Berlin: Past & Present  (15 credits)
  • 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity  (15 credits)

You also required to take 30 credits from a wide range of “Europe” optional modules that may typically include:

  • International Political Economy (30 credits)
  • International Relations (30 credits)
  • Politics of Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits) 
  • War & Society (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • War in International Order (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • Military Strategy (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • Empires, Imperialism & the History of the Modern World (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • Grand Strategy & the Foundation of Anglo-American Statecraft (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • A History of the European Cold War (1917-91) (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • Microeconomics(15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • History of Political Thought (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • Game Theory & Strategic DecisionMaking (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • Policy Analysis: Decision, Implementation and Evaluation (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • Institutions, Economics & Change (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • New and Emerging Security Threats in Post-Soviet Eurasia (15 credits) [Russia Institute]

Year 3

Required Modules

Year 3 is currently spent at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

You are required to take the following module:

• Year Abroad & Practical Language Exam (on return to Kings)

Optional Modules
You are required to take a range of modules from the Faculty of Social Science at at Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin.

Year 4

Required Modules

You are required to take one of the following language modules based on German language ability:

  • German Core Language III (for ab initio and non-native speakers) (30 credits)
  • Translation from & into German III (for native speakers) (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Additionally, you are required to take 60 credits from a wide range of “Europe” options, which may typically include:

  • European Political Thought (30 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Money, Finance and Crisis (30 credits)
  • The EU in the International System (30 credits)
  • European Political Economy (30 credits)
  • Extended Essay option if written on a European topic (30 credits)
  • Britain and European Integration (15 credits)
  • The Theory and Practice of Empire (15 credits)
  • Clandestine Side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits)
  • Political Economy of Korean and East Asian Development (15 credits)
  • Public Policy in Europe (15 credits)
  • Immigration, Identity and the Securitization of Europe's Borders (15 credits)
  • Comparative Capitalism (15 credits)
  • Russia and the EU (15 credits) [Russia Institute]
  • Social Movements and Collective Protest (15 credits) [Middle Eastern Studies]
  • Democracy & Development (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • Politics of Culture & Identity (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy] 
  • International Institutions & Global Governance (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • Russia and the Digital Age (15 credits) [Russia Institute]

Ab initio and non-native speakers are required to take 30 credits, and native speakers are required to take 45 credits, from the following range of German optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Extended Essay (if written on a pathway topic) (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (15 credits)

(Please note that it is not possible to take both Extended Essay and Dissertation options)

  • Contemporary German Politics (15 credits)
  • Aspects of post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
  • Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • German Foreign Policy (15 credits)
  • Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
  • New German Cinema in East and West (15 credits)
  • Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
  • German in the World (15 credits)
  • German in Motion: Migration Integration and Political Transformation 1645-2015 (15 credits)
  • Mazimising Performance: Brecht, Boal and Big Business (15 credits)

 

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

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects

A language, English or History

Further information and other requirements

 

A-Level 

AAB 

German ab initio pathway: AAB

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at 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.

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.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

German ab initio pathway: 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.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied A Level German at Grade B (or equivalent).

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.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 M2

German ab initio pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required as a Principal Subject at 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)

 

German ab initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB 

or

or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at 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.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

German ab initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at 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.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)

 

German ab initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at 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.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

German ab initio pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

Standard pathway: As above, but note that grade B in Advanced Higher German is required. 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.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

German ab initio pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required as 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.

Other International Qualifications

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

English Language requirements

Band B

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

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

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 partner university for this course is Humboldt University, Berlin. 

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s.

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 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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

Our Graduates from the European Studies BA course have taken up posts with the Foreign Office, with leading financial institutions, with cultural organisations or with lobbying firms at the European Commission. Others have worked in public and private agencies and think tanks in the UK, as well as further afield in countries ranging from Bosnia to Japan. Many students have undertaken work placements in the media, working for the French Newspaper Liberation, the Franco-German TV station Arte and Radio-France International.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as: 

• Trade Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development 

• Communications Consultant, Kreab Gavin Anderson 

• Event Coordinator, Reed Exhibitions 

• Individual Giving Administrator, Tate 

• Journalism/Writing Intern, New York Times

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