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History & Iberian Studies (Spanish or Portuguese) with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Study History alongside the languages and cultures of the Spanish or Portuguese speaking worlds on this new degree. On this BA, you will specialise in either Spanish or Portuguese, exploring the literature, arts and culture of the Hispanic and Lusophone world, as well as choosing from a wide range of options from the History Department. You can also learn Spanish or Portuguese from scratch with our beginners ab initio pathway.

You will further enhance your language skills with a year abroad immersed in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country.

History
  • One of the best history departments in the world, currently ranked twentieth in the world by QS World University Rankings 2018.
  • Graduates get top jobs in a wide range of sectors, including law, business, government, heritage, finance and teaching.
  • A huge range of periods and places to study, from medieval Europe to modern India.
  • Students are taught in a friendly and supportive environment by expert historians.
  • Most teaching takes place in small seminar groups providing the opportunity for students to hone their discussion and presentation skills.
  • Studying in a central London location, you will have easy access to world-class museums, collections and libraries.
  • Students have the option to study abroad at one of our partner institutions for the second semester of the second year. Current options include University of Sydney, Hong Kong University.

Iberian Studies

  • One of the country’s most highly rated Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American departments - ranked 6th in the UK for Modern Languages (QS World University Rankings 2018)
  • Course taught by staff who are experts in their field.
  • Central location offers easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture.
  • Opportunity to study abroad for a year offers students the chance to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency. We have exchanges with a number
  • of partner universities currently including Alicante, Cadiz, Carlos III (Madrid), Coimbra, Córdoba, Lisboa, Nova de Lisboa, País Vasco, Pompeu Fabra, PUC (Chile), Tec(Querétaro, Mexico), Santiago de Compostela (Lugo Campus), UNAM (Mexico), Pacifico (Peru), Salamanca, San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador), São Paulo, UFB (Bahia, Brazil), UFMG (Minas Gerais, Brazil), UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The year abroad also offers the opportunity to undertake an internship/work placement in a Spanish speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).
  • Lively department social life through the student-run Hispanic Society.
  • Our Innovative first-year module ‘global iberias’ opens student’s eyes to the extraordinary diversity of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds.

 

Key information

UCAS code VR14

Duration 4 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 History Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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Description

History and Iberian Studies is a four-year course designed to develop your critical analysis and independent thought process on historical topics, as well as focusing on the advanced study of Spanish or Portuguese language and culture. It involves following a series of core modules on culture, language and historical skills and also choosing from a diverse range of options.

The Spanish and Portuguese pathways will include the study of Peninsular and Latin American literature and cultural histories. The first-year required module, Global Iberias, will provide you with a broad introduction to the Iberian world. In the second and final years of study you will explore a variety of optional modules covering Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American topics. By studying required language modules, you will achieve a high-level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading in both languages, whilst developing a critical understanding of the history, society and culture of the Iberian world.

In History you start exploring a wide variety of introductory level modules in your first year, building an understanding of the background of historical events over an extensive period. In your second year, you choose a more focused pathway, exploring themes across a narrower time range while encouraging a more comparative approach to history. Your final year of study will become even more focused, challenging you to think comparatively and theoretically by choosing a particular subject and studying its primary source materials and writing your research dissertation.

Structure

Year 1

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

You are required to take the following History module:

  • Historical Skills, Sources & Approaches (30 credits)


Iberian Studies
You are required to take the following Spanish modules:

  • Core Spanish Language (30 credits) or Core Portuguese Language (30 credits)
  • Global Iberias (30 credits)

 

Optional Modules
History
You are also required to take 30 credits from a range of optional History modules which may typically include:
  • The Making of Britain 400–1400 (30 credits)
  • European History 400–1500 (30 credits)
  • Early Modern Britain 1500–1750 (30 credits)
  • Power, Belief & Culture in Europe 1500–1800(30 credits)
  • The Worlds of the British Empire, c1700–1960 (30 credits)
  • Europe from 1793 to 1991 (30 credits)
  • Politics & Society in Britain, 1780–1945 (30 credits)
  • World History, 1870s–2000s (30 credits)

Iberian Studies

There are no optional modules in the first year.

Year 2

Your second year of study is made up of the required modules outlined below, plus two optional modules from the deaprtment of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American and two 30 credit History optional modules. It is possible to take one History option at another college within the University of London.
Required Modules
History

There are no required History modules in Year 2.

Iberian Studies
You are required to take the following Spanish module:
• Core Spanish Language (30 credits) or Core Portuguese Language (30 credits)

Optional Modules
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 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)
  • tudents may also take one optional 15 credit module offered elsewhere in the Faculty

 

Iberian Studies

You are also required to take 30 credits from a range of optional Iberian modules which may typically include:

  • Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • The Study of Gender in Spanish American Literature & Culture (15 credits)
  • Memory in Modern Spanish Culture (15 credits)
  • Fatherlands: Spain & Portugal under the Dictators (15 credits)
  • Visuality, Literature & Modern Life in Latin America (15 credits)
  • Language Acts & Worldmaking in Medieval & Early Modern Spain (15 credits)
  • Fatherlands: Spain & Portugal under the Dictators (15 credits)
  • Nineteenth-Century Fiction in Brazil & Portugal (15 credits)
  • Visuality, Literature & Modern Life in Latin America (15 credits)
  • Modernism: Outside In (15 credits)

Year 3

This year of study is spent abroad. Partner institutions for Iberian studies currently include:

Spanish

  • Alicante
  • Cadiz
  • Carlos III (Madrid)
  • Córdoba
  • País Vasco
  • Pompeu Fabra
  • PUC (Chile)
  • Tec (Querétaro, Mexico)
  • Santiago de Compostela (Lugo Campus)
  • UNAM (Mexico)
  • Pacifico (Peru)
  • Salamanca
  • San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)


Portuguese

  • Lisboa
  • Nova de Lisboa
  • Coimbra
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Universidade Federal da Bahia
  • Universidade de São Paulo
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

You may also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or undertake an internship/work placement in a Portuguese or Spanish-speaking environment.

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

Required Modules

History 

There are no required history modules in Year 4.

Iberian Studies
You are required to take the following Iberian module:
• Core Spanish Language IV or Core Portuguese Language (30 credits)

Optional Modules

History 

You are required to take 30 credits from a range of special subject optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Romans & Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West 350–700 (30 credits)
  • The Enlightenment (30 credits)
  • The Experience of Power in Nigeria since 1900 (30 credits)
  • Red, White & Blues: Jazz & the United States in the 20th Century (30 credits)
  • Women & Gender in Early Modern England (30 credits)
  • Additional University of London intercollegiate special subject modules.

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

Iberian Studies

You are also required to take 30 credits from a range of optional Iberian modules which may typically include:

  • Advanced Topics in Applied Linguistics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • Myth & Archive: 19th & 20th Century Rewritings on Colonial Latin America (15 credits)
  • Images of Spain: Stereotypes in Spanish Cinema (15 credits)
  • Key Terms & Points of View in Latin American Visual Arts (15 credits)
  • Writing Women in Pre-Modern Spain (15 credits)
  • Catalan Culture (15 credits)
  • The Writer & the Public: Journalism in Spain (15 credits)
  • Comparing Romance Languages (15 credits)
  • Brazilian Poetry & Song: 1958 to the present (15 credits)
  • Lusophone African Literature II: The Postcolonial Experience (15 credits)
  • Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Africa & the Americas, 16th-20th Centuries(15 credits)

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 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

For all pathways, A Level in History

For Spanish or Portuguese pathways only - A-Level or equivalent in Spanish or Portuguese (grade A in Spanish; grade B in Portuguese).

No prior study of Spanish or Portuguese required for Ab Initio pathway.

Preferred subjects

Preferred subjects for ab initio pathways: English or a language

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB

Must include grade A in History.

For Spanish or Portuguese pathways only, A-Level or equivalent in Spanish or Portuguese (grade A in Spanish; grade B in Portuguese)

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

Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction (including substantial study of History), with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

For Spanish or Portuguese pathways only, A-Level or equivalent in Spanish or Portuguese (grade A in Spanish; grade B in Portuguese)

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Must include grade D3 in History. 

For Spanish or Portuguese pathways only, Pre-U or equivalent in Spanish or Portuguese (grade D3 in Spanish; grade M2 in Portuguese)

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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

For Spanish or Portuguese pathways only, A-Level or equivalent in Spanish or Portuguese (grade A in Spanish; grade B in Portuguese)

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

For Spanish or Portuguese pathways only, A-Level or equivalent in Spanish or Portuguese (grade A in Spanish; grade B in Portuguese)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including History at grade A.

For Spanish or Portuguese pathways only, A-Level or equivalent in Spanish or Portuguese (grade A in Spanish; grade B in Portuguese)

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher in History.

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.

For Spanish or Portuguese pathways only, Higher Level Spanish or Portuguese (grade 6 in Spanish; grade 5 in Portuguese)

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 6,6,5 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in History. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 

For Spanish or Portuguese pathways only, A-Level or equivalent in Spanish or Portuguese (grade A in Spanish; grade B in Portuguese)

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.

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, King's 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 students or relevant funding body for King's tuition fees at the appropriate fee level depending on the kind of mobility, as following:

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • 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 for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the 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.
  • Modern Language students studying abroad at a non-partner university should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King's.

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.

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Career prospects

Your degree will equip you with the language skills, cultural awareness and critical independence necessary to compete successfully in an almost limitless range of careers. Recent graduates In Iberian Studies have gone on to gain employment in areas including business and commerce, finance, marketing, accountancy, law, the Civil Service, the media, charitable and non-governmental organizations, while others have remained in higher education to gain a teaching qualification or continue their studies at postgraduate level.


Career prospects for King’s History graduates are excellent. Former King’s History students have found employment with national newspapers, law firms, civil service, state and private schools, heritage, banking and business sectors as well as in many different universities across the globe.


Prominent King’s History graduates include Ronan Bennett (novelist and screenwriter), Janice Hadlow (Controller of BBC Two) and Georgina Henry (Executive comment editor of the Guardian newspaper).

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