Students can take this degree either with an A-level (or equivalent) in German, or as a beginner, following a specially-designed ab initio language course.
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.
Our three-year language course is designed to suit your level of language competence, and for the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Our 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. Our exceptionally wide range of optional modules covers literature of all periods, German film, German history, German philosophical thought, and German political and social theory.
Ranging from eleventh-century monastic culture to recent sound installations, from London to Paris, Vienna, Italy, the US, Turkey, India and Brazil, from Bach to the Beatles, from Jazz to Opera, from Musical Analysis to Advanced Performance and Free Composition, studying Music at King’s enables you to encounter the world of sound up close and as part of a network that stretches across the centuries and across the globe. Today, music is the most global of cultural expressions, and we pride ourselves not only on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, but also on the diversity of the approaches we employ, including compositional creativity, close reading of scores, aural training, contemporary critical theory and historical scholarship, ethnographic and scientific studies.
Through first year required and optional modules, you will come to know and cherish music in all its forms, and will receive a broad-based foundation for later study. In the second year you will choose the types of modules that suit your interest, and this can include modules from outside the Department. In the third year you can continue to pursue a broadly based degree or choose to study two or three fields in-depth.
There is plenty of opportunity at King’s or the Royal Academy of Music to participate in concerts and chamber music groups and to receive first-rate coaching. You will have the opportunity to play a leading part in the College Orchestra and to sing in the Departmental choir. Recitals take place throughout the year.
We offer you individual lessons at the Royal Academy of Music, if you have ABRSM Grade 8 in your instrument of study. In your first year you will study with an Academy postgraduate student. Depending on your performance level, you may be able to subsequently change to an Academy professor.
Modules are taught by our expert staff through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision. 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. Both our departments attach great importance to the personal attention they give to each student.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, 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.
Located in the heart of London, our Department of German 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 our Department’s internal film screenings, open seminars, exhibitions, and annual departmental play.
London is also a city of music. We are fortunate to be located in a beautiful building overlooking the River Thames at the heart of its arts district. You will have easy access to London’s endless live music performances at the South Bank arts complex, at the Barbican Centre, at London opera houses and the huge number of music clubs and concert venues. Within 20 minutes’ walk of the Music Department are the West End Theatres, Cinemas and Art Galleries. You will be able to use the Maughan Library, with its extensive music collections, as well as the Senate House Library of the University of London.
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.