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German and Russian

RR27 BA (Hons) 4 years



Combining two language subject for your BA not only widens your linguistic scope, but  gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between different cultural traditions.

Studying German at QMUL comprises intensive engagement with the German language in conjunction with the cultures and histories of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Students develop a high level of linguistic competence, together with analytical skills and a thorough understanding of intercultural issues. Russian, too, is studied in conjunction with an exploration of Russia’s culture, society, and history. You will be taught by top specialists in those subjects and by reading Russian literature, watching Russian films, you will develop a sophisticated understanding of the way Russians think and feel, of the cultural references that shape their identities. In both languages, students achieve a high level of linguistic competence, develop a thorough understanding of intercultural issues, and acquire analytical and several other important transferable skills.

For both languages, we accept students at four different entry levels of linguistic attainment: beginners, post-GCSE, post-A level, and native speakers, but you cannot take two languages from scratch.

Why study German and Russian at Queen Mary?

The discipline of German Studies has a long and outstanding tradition at Queen Mary University of London. With over 100 years of teaching German language and culture behind us, we are proud to be a vibrant subject group offering a wide range of courses on the literature, linguistics and culture of the major German-speaking countries. Apart from our main focus on Anglo-German cultural relations, we have research and teaching expertise in GDR studies as well as in Austrian and Swiss literature and culture.

Research in Russian has consistently been rated as outstanding, with books by members of the subject group winning prizes from Russian and Slavic organisations in the USA and UK. We advise on films, and speak at galleries and museums, including the Imperial War Museum. We conduct research on Russian literature and culture from the 18th to the 21st centuries, on Soviet and Russian cinema, as well as on literary and cultural theory.

You will spend a year abroad in the third year of your degree. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills through immersion and boost your intercultural competence. You have three main options in the German speaking countries are: teaching English as a foreign language assistant; attending university abroad; or in the professional world, either on a work placement, with our support, or independently, with our approval. Russian offers year-abroad programmes with universities in several Russian cities, as well as an Erasmus exchange with a university in a Russian-speaking region of Latvia. Many students taking two language subjects divide their year abroad, but you could also be advised to spend the entire year in the country of your weaker language and take a summer course for the other.

We pride ourselves on the facilities we offer. The Library has extensive audio-visual materials and equipment, and our language learning labs and resource rooms are state of the art. Our students enjoy lively language clubs and societies which organise film showings, outings, and drama productions.  Students of German gain insight into the work of contemporary German authors as part of our highly acclaimed Writer-in-Residence Programme, students of Russian also benefit from academic visitors from Russia who provide enrichment classes taught in Russian, hold film screenings and music events, as well as a series of talks. 


From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees. 

For further information on this initiative please contact the Undergraduate Programmes team sllf-ug@qmul.ac.uk

Year 1

German core language module (streamed according to entry level) and compulsory foundation module:

  • Introductory German (for ab initio entrants) (QMUL Model Module)
  • German I Intensive (for post GCSE entrants) (QMUL Model Module)
  • German I (for post A-level entrants) (QMUL Model Module)
  • Foundations of German Studies (QMUL Model Module) or European Literature and its contexts (for ab initio entrants only). Post GSCE students will be guided to one of these options. Students' choice will be guided by their adviser and dependent on their performance in the German language test.
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

Russian core and compulsory modules:

For those without prior knowledge of Russian:

  • Introductory Russian (QMUL Model Module)
  • Russian Culture and Society
  • Reading Contemporary Russia

Post GCSE entry:

  • Russian I Intensive (QMUL Model Module)
  • Russian Culture and Society
  • Reading Contemporary Russia

Post A level entry:

  • Russian I (for post A Level entrants) (QMUL Model Module)
  • Foundations of Russian Studies

Heritage Speakers’ Pathway:

  • Russian I N (for native speakers of Russian) (QMUL Model Module)
  • Foundations of Russian Studies

Year 2

German core and compulsory modules:

  • German II intensive (for ab initio entrants) / German II (for post GSCE and post A-level entrants) / German IIN (for native speakers)
  • Contemporary German Studies I or II

Options include:

  • Brecht and the Drama
  • German Play
  • The (Re-)Birth of Tragedy: Schiller, Nietzsche and other Legacies
  • German Narrative Fiction: Text and Film
  • German for Business
  • German Romanticism in its European Context

Russian core language module:

  • Russian II (for post A Level entrants) / Russian II Intensive (for ab initio entrants) / Russian II N (for heritage speakers of Russian)

Options include:

  • Russian Novel: Self and Society
  • Short Stories and Important People: The Nineteenth Century
  • Modern Russian Literature I: Revolution
  • Russian Film: Memory and History

Year 3

  • Year abroad: Study Abroad or written and oral Assignment

Year 4

German core language modules:

  • German III or German IIIN (for native speakers only)

Options include:¿

  • Anglo-German Cultural Relations Past and Present
  • German Swiss Literature and Culture
  • German Poetry in the 20th Century
  • German Sociolinguistics
  • History of the German Language
  • Advanced German for Business
  • Modern Languages Research Project
  • Languages in the Classroom: Teaching German

Russian core language modules:

  • Russian III (for post A Level and ab initio entrants) / Russian III N (for heritage speakers of Russian)

Options include:

  • Russian Novel: Dysfunctional Families
  • Modern Russian Literature II: Beyond the Monolith
  • Contemporary Russian Film
  • Russian Novel: Countryside and Nation
  • Russian Syntax

For a complete list of modules please visit the directory of modules http://www.qmul.ac.uk/modules/

Use the following abbreviation in the Code search

  • RUS – Russian
  • GER – German

QMUL will aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. However, it is important to realise that in some circumstances, we may change aspects of your programme. See our full terms and conditions to read more: 


Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. This must include grade B or above in at least one of A-Level German or A-Level Russian. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 5 in Higher Level German or Higher Level Russian.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. For programmes with French, grade B or above in A-Level French will be also be required. For all other single and joint honours language programmes, experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue, and a demonstrable aptitude for language study are required. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

Teaching typically involves a lecture per week for each module, followed up by a smaller seminar group session where you will have the opportunity to actively contribute. In addition to this, you will spend up to five hours per week in language classes – you will be taught in small groups of no more than 20 for classroom or language lab teaching, and fewer than 10 for oral and aural work.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Assessment methods vary from module to module, and include a mixture of exams and coursework, coursework only, oral exams (including the production of a short radio programme), final-year dissertations and a range of more innovative methods, such as independent projects and creative journals.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £15,400

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate employment

Language graduates go into many different walks of life, typically those in which interpersonal relations are a priority and in which fluency in one or more foreign languages is likely to be useful. Some obvious destinations are the Civil Service, management consultancy, the tourist industry, the financial world. Look at CILT's (The National Centre for Languages) website for more information (click here).

Recent graduates of the German and Russian programme work for Amnesty International, Ernst and Young, the British Council, Exeter University, etc. Among them are an immigration lawyer, a fiction writer, and a BBC journalist. Business and financial contacts between Britain and Germany as well as Russia have steadily expanded in the last twenty years, and many companies are keen to recruit speakers of both languages. Potential employers are likely to look favorably upon your willingness and ability to become fluent in a less commonly taught languages.

According to a survey of human resources managers in 2,700 companies, workers who speak more than one language are likely to be paid between 12-20% more than their monolingual colleagues. As the Independent put it, "Britons who learn a foreign language are richer, happier and are regarded as sexier than those who can only speak English" (Independent, 1st November 2004). Should you be one of them?

If you study German and Russian at Queen Mary,

  • You will reach a high level of spoken and written competence in both languages, which will in many ways enrich your life.
  • You will receive a rigorous training in reading analytically and writing lucidly, which are fundamental transferable skills.
  • You will learn to think deeply about cultures that are quite different, and with their – sometimes surprising – connections to British culture and history.
  • You will have the opportunity to spend a summer or year abroad, which, as well as developing your knowledge of both languages, will give you intercultural skills and demonstrate your adaptability and flexibility.
  • You will paradoxically learn to understand yourself and your own native tongue better by studying the structure of different languages and cultures.

Careers support

Throughout the course, students have access to an annual QM Careers and Enterprise Centre programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This includes employer led workshops on job applications and interviews as well as over 70 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.

Recent careers events for language students include a workshop for returning 4th years, “What a Difference a Year Abroad Makes”, and a “Make Languages Work for You” speed meet event with alumni working in a variety of roles; for linguists, a careers day looking at how to use LinkedIn for job search, CV writing and career choice; for film students, a panel discussion with film and TV professionals and talk on how to start a career in film. Students also have access to our central careers programme, with a range of events including workshops on journalism, teaching, and employer-led recruitment skills training.

Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study. Opportunities can be found through QProjects, a local work experience scheme, QRecruit, which advertises internships and temporary work, Experience Works, a part time work fair, and volunteering with QMSU Provide. There are also over 1400 vacancies to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.

Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/.



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