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German & History with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Study a German and History joint degree in the heart of London. Within History, choose modules from European medieval history to modern British politics. We encourage you to take a comparative approach to your studies, looking at the connections and contrasts between different eras of history from around the globe. Within German, choose modules on cultural topics from the medieval period to the present day and gain proficiency in the German language. Our language modules cater for all levels, so whether you are a complete beginner or a native speaker, you can make the most of studying at King’s. 

 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

German

  • Highly-rated department with world-leading research in German literary, film, cultural, and historical studies.
  • Ranked amongst the top 10 UK German Departments (Guardian University Guide 2018; QS World Rankings 2016).
  • Teaching informed and delivered by research-active staff.
  • Consistently excellent student satisfaction ratings.
  • Exceptionally wide range of modules covering literature, language, film, and history.
  • Central location offers access to libraries and resources including the Goethe-Institut and Austrian Cultural Forum.
  • Year abroad in a German-speaking country offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in German-speaking culture and society and achieve language fluency.

 

History

  • One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 9th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide (2016).
  • Graduates get top jobs in a wide range of sectors, including law, business, government, heritage, finance and teaching.
  • A wider range of periods and places than most history degrees, from medieval Europe to modern India.
  • Students are taught in a friendly and supportive environment by expert historians.
  • The central London location offers students easy access to world-class museums, collections and libraries.

 

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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 RV21

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of German Department of History

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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. This course is designed for your level of language competence, 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. Staff across the Department contribute introductory and specialist modules that draw from their own research in German literature, culture and history. King’s has a world-class reputation for the study of History, and students choose from an unrivalled range of options, from medieval Europe to modern India.

Students can take this course either with an A-level (or equivalent) in German, or as a beginner, following a specially- designed ab initio language course.

 

Teaching style

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision, through which you will have contact with our staff, who are experts in their fields. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. 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.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of forms, 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. 

 

Structure

Year 1

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

In your first year, you take 60 credits in German and 60 credits in History.

Required Modules

German

Ab initio

If you are an ab initio student, in your first year you are required to take the following modules:

  • Introductory German (30 credits)
  • Texts & Contexts for ab initio (30 credits)
Non-native German pathway

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

  • German Core Language I (30 credits)
  • Texts & Contexts (30 credits)
Native German pathway

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

  • Translation from & into German I (15 credits)
  • Texts & Contexts (30 credits)

History

In your first year, you are required to take:

  • Historical Sources, Skills and Approaches (30 credits)
Optional Modules

German

Ab initio and non-native German pathway

There are no required modiles for those on the ab initio and non-native German pathways.

Native German pathway

Native German speakers then take one 15-credit optional module from a range of options which may typically include:

  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)

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

  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature & Society (15 credits)

  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

History

You will then take a further 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may include:

  • The Making of Britain 400-1400 (30 credits)
  • European History 400-1500 (30 credits)
  • Early Modern Britain 1500-1750 (30 credits)
  • Power, Culture and Belief in Europe, 1500-1800 (30 credits)
  • Europe from 1793 to 1991 (30 credits)
  • Politics & Society in Britain, 1780-1945 (30 credits)
  • The Worlds of the British Empire, c. 1700-1960 (30 credits)
  • World History 1870s-2000s

 

Year 2

In your second year you will take 60 credits in German and 60 credits in History.

Required Modules

German

You are required to take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may typically include:

  • The German Reformation (15 credits)
  • 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
  • Gender & Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
Ab initio

If you are an ab initio student, in your second year you are also required to take:

  • Intermediate German (30 credits)
Non-native German pathway

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

  • German Core Language II (30 credits)
Native German pathway

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

  • Translation from & into German II (15 credits)

History
There are no required History modules in year 2.

Optional Modules

German

Ab initio and non-native German pathway

If you are an ab initio or non-native German pathway student, you are required to take a further 15 credits chosen from optional modules which may typically include:

  • The pre-modern modules listed above
  • A Global Metropolis. London in German Literature & Film (15 credits)
  • Politics and Culture in Cold War Germany  (15 credits)
  • Marketing the Margins: Case Studies in the Literary Marketplace  (15 credits)
  • Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
  • Berlin Past & Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
Native German pathway

If you are a native German pathway student, you are required to take a further 30 credits chosen from optional modules which may typically include:

  • The pre-modern modules listed above
  • A Global Metropolis. London in German Literature & Film (15 credits)
  • Politics and Culture in Cold War Germany  (15 credits)
  • Marketing the Margins: Case Studies in the Literary Marketplace  (15 credits)
  • Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
  • Berlin Past & Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)

History

In your second year, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional 30-credit modules, which may typically include:

  • The Northern Ireland Troubles (30 credits)
  • History of Feminism ( 30 credits)
  • The Black Death in England (30 credits)
  • Faraway so Close: The Middle East since 1800 (30 credits)
  • China: From Imperial State to People’s Republic (30 credits)
  • The Civilising Mission: French Imperialism since 1750 (30 credits)
  • War in the Pacific, 1898 to 1975 & beyond: Strategy & Diplomacy (30 credits)
  • An additional range of intercollegiate Group II 30 credit modules offered by our partner colleges in the University of London

In addition you are required to take a further 30 credits from a range of optional 15 credit modules, which may typically include:

  • Atlantic Slavery: West Africa & the Caribbean, 1492-1807 (15 credits)
  • Europe in the Second World War (15 credits)
  • The Hundred Years War (15 credits)
  • Electric Cities : The Experience of Modernity in London, Melbourne, New York & Paris, 1870 – 1929 (15 credits)
  • Orientalism, Race, Islam (15 credits)
  • Students may also take one optional 15 credit module offered elsewhere in the Faculty

View second year History module descriptions





Year 3

You will spend your third year abroad at a partner institution, 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

In your fourth year you will take 60 credits in German and 60 credits in History.

Required Modules

German

Ab initio and non-native German pathway

If you are an ab initio or non-native speaking student, in your fourth year you are required to take:

  • German Core Language III (30 credits)
Native German pathway

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

  • Translation from & into German III (15 credits)

History

In your fourth year, there are no required modules.

Optional Modules

German

Ab initio and non-native German pathway

If you are an ab initio or non-native speaking student, in your fourth year you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional German modules, which may typically include:

  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
  • Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
  • German Capitalism: Business and Society (15 credits)
  • Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
  • Cinema of Entanglement: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
  • Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies] (15 credits)
  • New German Cinema in East & West (15 credits)
  • Germany in Motion: Migration, Integration and Political Transformation (15 credits)
  • Death & the Afterlife in Medieval & Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • Women’s Writing: Then & Now (15 credits)
Native German pathway

If you are a native speaker, in your fourth year you are required to take 45 credits from a range of optional 15-credit modules, which may typically include:

  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
  • Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
  • German Capitalism: Business and Society (15 credits)
  • Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
  • Cinema of Entanglement: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
  • Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies] (15 credits)
  • New German Cinema in East & West (15 credits)
  • Germany in Motion: Migration, Integration and Political Transformation (15 credits)
  • Death & the Afterlife in Medieval & Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • Women’s Writing: Then & Now (15 credits)

History

You are required to take a 30 credit 'special subject' module, from a range of optional modules, which may include:

  • Romans & Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West 350-700 (30 credits)
  • Women & Gender in Early Modern England (30 credits)
  • Britain’s Thatcher (30 credits)
  • The Enlightenment (30 credits)
  • Red, White and Blues: Jazz and the United States in the Twentieth Century (30 credits)
  • The Experience of Power in Nigeria since 1900 (30 credits)
  •  A range of additional University of London intercollegiate ‘special subject’ modules

In addition, you will also be required to take either the special subject associated dissertation (30 credits) or a Free-Standing Long Essay (30 credits), which can be on any subject of your choice. 

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. 

View final year History module descriptions


 

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

History (required of all applicants) and German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway)

Preferred subjects

A language or English

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB 

German ab initio pathway: AAB including History at grade A.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German 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. Substantial Level 3 study at Distinction to focus on History.

Standard pathway: As above, but 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 including History at D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German 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.

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted as a Principal subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

German ab initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in History.

Standard Pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in History and grade B 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)  

German ab initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in History.

Standard Pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in History and grade B 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)  

German ab initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in History.

Standard Pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in History and grade B 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 Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

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

Standard Pathway: As above, but note that grade B required in Advanced Higher 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.

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 including higher level History at grade 6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Standard Pathway: As above, but note that German required as a Higher Level subject at Grade 5. 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). 

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 
  • 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

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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. Studying German, you will also gain fluency in a language and knowledge of a country and its culture that is increasingly in demand, given Germany’s central role in European economic and political development. 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.

Career destinations

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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