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German & Music with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Expand your knowledge and understanding of the German-language, culture and society and study the central role of music in today’s culture as a creative mode of self-expression and a significant form of knowledge. Attain a high level of proficiency in German on this joint honours degree based in the heart of London. Our required language modules cater for all levels.

 

Key benefits

German

  • King’s is ranked as 6th in the UK for modern languages (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).

  • Year abroad in a German-speaking country offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in German-speaking culture and society and attain language fluency.

  • Broad range of specialist modules in German Studies, from medieval to contemporary literature as well as politics, history, cultural studies, and film.

  • Central location offers access to libraries and resources including the Goethe-Institut and Austrian Cultural Forum.

  • Our small Department offers a friendly feel and has a large common room for socialising.

  • Teaching informed and delivered by research-active staff.

  • Consistently excellent student satisfaction ratings.

Music

  • One of the most prestigious music departments in the UK.

  • Ranked among the top 10 music departments in the country (Complete University Guide 2016).

  • Students benefit from firm links with the Royal Academy of Music, English National Opera (ENO), the British Library, the Opera Group and the BBC.

  • Flexible course offers students the opportunity to choose the types of modules that suit their interests.

  • Central location offers access to London’s rich music scene, alongside numerous libraries and cultural institutes.

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 RW23

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 Music

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Description

German

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.

Music

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.

Teaching style

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.

Assessment

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.

Location

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.

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 Music.

Required Modules

German

Ab initio

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

  • 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)

Music

In your first year, there are no required modules.

Optional Modules

German

Ab initio and non-native German pathway

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

Native German pathway

You are required to take one 15 credit optional module from a range of options that may typically include:

  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)
  • One Hundred & Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)
  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society (15 credits)
  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

 

Music

You are also required to take four optional modules from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Musical Performance 1 (15 credits)
  • Music Theory 1 (15 credits)
  • Music Theory 2 (15 credits)
  • Issues & Topics in Music I–IV (15 credits each)
  • Aural Skills (15 credits)

 

Year 2

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

Required Modules

German

You are required to take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range which 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, 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)

 

Music

In your second year, there are no required modules.

Optional Modules

German

Ab initio and non-native German pathways

If you are an ab initio or non-native German student, you are required to take 15 credits from a range of optional modules that maytypically include:

  • The pre-modern modules listed above
  • Berlin Past & Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
  • Politics & Culture in Cold War Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
  • Marketing the Margins: Case Studies in the Literary Marketplace (15 credits)
  • A Global Metropolis: London in German Literature & Film (15 credits)
  • Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
Native German pathway

If you are a native German speaker, in your second year you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include: 

  • The pre-modern modules listed above
  • Berlin Past & Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
  • Politics & Culture in Cold War Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
  • Marketing the Margins: Case Studies in the Literary Marketplace (15 credits)
  • A Global Metropolis: London in German Literature & Film (15 credits)
  • Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)

 

Music

You will take 60 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Musical Performance 2 (15 credits)
  • Musical Analysis (15 credits)
  • Techniques of Composition (15 credits)
  • Composition Studies (minor, 15 credits, major 30 credits)
  • Love Song: The Troubadours & Their Legacy (15 credits)
  • Opera in the 20th Century (15 credits)
  • Music in British Film (15 credits)
  • Post-War Jazz (15 credits)
  • Global Popular Music (15 credits)

Year 3

You will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions, which currently include:

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Universität Wien
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität 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 Music.

Required Modules
Ab initio and non-native German pathways

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

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

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

  • Translation from & into German III (15 credits)

 Music

In your fourth year, there are no required modules.

Optional Modules

German:

In addition, Ab initio and non-native German speaking students are required to take 30 credits from an optional range of modules. Native German speaking students will be required to select 45 credits from the same range of 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 & Society (15 credits)
  • Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th & 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 & Political Transformation (15 credits)
  • Death & the Afterlife in Medieval & Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)

Music:

You are required to take 60 credits of optional modules from a range that may typically include:

  • Advanced Performance Studies (admission by audition) (45 credits, subject to change)
  • Advanced Free Composition (admission by portfolio) (45 credits, subject to change)
  • Musical Performance 3 (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Musicology (15 credits)
  • Music, Gender, Sexuality (15 credits)
  • Sound Studies (15 credits)
  • Material Culture in 19th-Century Music (15 credits)
  • Music & Dance in Late-18th-Century Vienna (15 credits)
  • The Beatles (15 credits)
  • Broadway from Showboat to West Side Story (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)

 

Please note: there are prerequisites for all performance and composition modules.

In addition, you may take up to 30 credits in modules offered by other departments.

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

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

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

Preferred subjects

Modern Foreign languages, English, History or Geography

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB 

German ab initio pathway: Either AAB at A-Level including Music, or AAB at A-Level in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is also 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: Either: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma including study of Music at Level 3 with 33 Level 3 credits from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits awarded at Merit. Supplementary information and achievement e.g marks for certain credits/subjects may be required depending on course content. 

or

Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma at Level 3 with 33 Level 3 credits from units awarded at Distinction, in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examination or similar).

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: Either 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades D3 D3 M2 including Music.

or 

3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades D3 D3 M2 in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

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. Please note Global Perspectives is not accepted as a Principal Subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

German ab initio pathway: Either DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including either A-level Music or in addition to Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

or

DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Music or in addition to Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German A level is required at grade B or above. 

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: Either DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including either A-level Music or in addition to Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

or

DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including either grade A in Music or in addition to Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German A level is required at grade B or above. 

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: Either D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including either A-level Music or in addition to Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

or

M and two A levels at grades AA, including either grade A in Music or in addition to Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German A level is required at grade B or above. 

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 Advanced Higher Music, or AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Note, we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

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

International Baccalaureate 35 points

German ab initio pathway: Either 35 points and three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Higher Level Music. Or 35 points and three Higher Level subjects at 665 in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Standard pathway: As above, but note German is 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

For a detailed list of the personal qualities, activities, and credentials other than examination results, which will increase your chances of being selected for the undergraduate Music programme please consult the Music Department's webpage.

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 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

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

Studies of graduate employability 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.

Graduates of the Music department enjoy careers in a wide range of industries, with recent graduates working as music directors, primary and secondary school music teachers, singers, in marketing communications, and many others. There is also a strong tradition of further study with recent graduates going on to complete degrees such as MA Musical Performance and MMus Composition through to Musicology and even an MSc in International Development.

 

Career destinations

Studies of graduate employability stress the career value of language degrees that combine specialist academic knowledge with linguistic expertise. 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, and teamwork.

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