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European Studies (Spanish pathway) with a year abroad BA

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Overview

The European Studies (Spanish pathway) BA is an interdepartmental study course that allows you to study Modern Europe from a Spanish perspective. You will study the politics, history, language and contemporary culture of Spain in-depth, preparing you for the third year where you will be taught and examined at a Spanish institution. Our current partner is the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

 

Key benefits

  • No prior knowledge of Spanish 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 Spanish 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, leading to careers 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 RR84

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 (Spanish pathway) BA degree course is split between European Studies modules and Spanish-specific modules. You will study a range of required modules that will include European politics, political economy, political thought, contemporary history, culture, economics, law, geography, alongside a focus on Spanish 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 totalling  90 credits. Your third year of study will be spent in Spain at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid developing your modern language skills and deepening your understanding of Spanish culture and attitudes towards Europe. A generous allowance of free choice means that you can freely explore all key aspects of European studies and history, language and contemporary culture of Spain. 

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. 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.  

Year 3 is spent at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 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 this course page for updates.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Spanish Language I (30 credits) [Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies] 
  • The Making of Modern Europe (30 credits) 
  • Spain in the 20th Century (15 credits) [Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies] 
  • Global Iberias - Part 1 (15 credits) [Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies] 
Optional Modules

In addition you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Introduction to Politics (15 credits) 
  • Introduction to International Economics (15 credits) 
  • European Law (Dickson Poon School of Law) (15 credits) 
  • The Causes of War (Department of War Studies) (15 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Spanish Language II (30 credits) or  
  • Spanish Language (15 credits) [Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies] 
  • The Integration of the European Union (30 credits) 
  • and 30 compulsory credits from the following modules: 
  • Nationalism in Spain (15 credits) [Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies] 
  • Spain in the World (15 credits) [Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies] 
  • Fatherlands: Spain and Portugal under the Dictators (15 credits) [Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies] 
Optional Modules

In addition you are required to take 30 credits from a range of “Europe” optional modules, which may typically include:

  • International Political Economy (30 credits) 
  • International Relations (30 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) 
  • A History of the European Cold War (1917- 91) (30 credits) (Department of War Studies) 
  • Microeconomics (15 credits) (Department of Political Economy) 
  • Politics of Central & Eastern Europe (15 credits) 
  • Institutions, Identity and Society in Russia and Eurasia (15 credits) (Russia Institute)  

If you have opted to take the 15 credit Spanish Language module you are also required to take 15 credits from a range of optional modules from the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies. These options may typically include: 

  • Visuality, Literature & Modern Life in Latin America (15 credits) 
  • Imperial Visions in Iberian Literature (15 credits) 
  • Catalan Language & Culture (15 credits) 
  • The Study of Gender in Spanish American Literature and Culture (15 credits) 

Year 3

Required Modules

You will spend your third year of study in Spain at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where you are required to take 60 credits of optional modules from the International Programme, 

  • Exchange Placement Abroad module (60 credits) 

Once you have returned to King’s College London following your study abroad year, you will be required to take 30 credits of Aural & Oral Exams  

  • Year Abroad Practical Language module (30 credits) 
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules during your third year.

Year 4

 

 

Required Modules

You are required to take the following module:

• Spanish Language IV (15 or 30 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional “Europe” modules. These options may typically include:

  • The EU in the International System (30 credits) 
  • European Political Economy (30 credits) 
  • Extended Essay option if written on a European topic (30 credits) 
  • The Nature of Riots (30 credits) (Department of War Studies) 
  • War on Terror (30 credits) (Department of War Studies) 
  • Power, Politics & Ethics in International Relations (30 credits) (Department of War Studies) 
  • The 9/11 Era: Anglo-American Foreign Policy since the end of the Cold War (30 credits) (Department of War Studies) 
  • Leadership in the Time of War & Revolution (30 credits) (Department of War Studies) 
  • Comparative Capitalism (15 credits) 
  • Public Policy in Europe (15 credits) 
  • Environmental Risk, Governance & Society (15 credits) (Department of Geography) 
  • Politics of Money & Finance in Comparative Perspective (15 credits) 
  • Economic Policy Making (15 credits) (Department of Political Economy) 
  • Representative Governments in Europe (15 credits) 
  • Democracy & Development (15 credits) (Department of Political Economy) 

If you choose to take 15 credits of language you are also required to take 45 credits (or if you choose 30 credits of language, you’ll take 30 credits) from a range of optional modules from the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies. These options may typically include: 

  • Extended Essay option if written on a Spanish topic (30 credits) Or 
  • Dissertation (15 credits) 

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

  • Myth and Archive (15 credits) 
  • History & Imagination in 19th Century Spanish Narrative (15 credits) 
  • Comparing Romance Languages: Historical Evolution and Linguistic Interference (15 credits) 
  • Images of Spain: Stereotypes in Modern Spanish Cinema 
  • Advanced Catalan Language (15 credits) 
  • Catalan Culture (15 credits) 
  • Key Terms & Points of View in Latin American Visual Arts (15 credits) 
  • Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Africa and the Americas, 16th-20th Centuries (15 credits) 
  • Sefarad: The Jews of Medieval Spain in Literary History and Cultural Memory (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

Spanish (except for candidates for the ab initio Spanish pathway, which will be available for entry from September 2019)

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

 

 

A-Level  AAB 

Spanish ab initio pathway (new for 2019): AAB

Standard pathway: As above, but note that Spanish is required at grade B.

Alternatively, if you have AAB but not academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

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

Spanish ab initio pathway (new for 2019): Access to HE 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 Spanish at grade B.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency instead,  if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Spanish ab initio pathway (new for 2019): Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2

Standard pathway: As above, but note that Spanish is required as a Principal Subject at Grade M2

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Spanish ab initio pathway (new for 2019): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB

Standard pathway: As above, but note that Spanish is required at grade B.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but not academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Spanish ab initio pathway (new for 2019): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB

Standard pathway: As above, but note that Spanish is required at grade B

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but not academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Spanish ab initio pathway (new for 2019): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB

Standard pathway: As above, but note that Spanish is required at grade B

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but not academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Spanish ab initio pathway (new for 2019): AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher

Standard pathway: As above, but note that grade B in Advaned Higher Spanish is required

Alternatively, If you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

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

Spanish ab initio pathway (new for 2019): 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 Higher Level Spanish is required at grade 5

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

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 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020/21 (September 2020) 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 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 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 choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees. 

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. 

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Trade Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development 
  • Analyst, Cristal Immobilier 
  • Communications Consultant, Kreab Gavin Anderson 
  • Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Modern Art (New York) 
  • Sugar trader, Abercore Limited 
  • European strategy advisory firm, Victanis
  • Journalism/Writing Intern, New York Times

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