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English and German

RQ23 BA (Hons) 4 years

Overview

Combining English and German gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between different cultural traditions. Studying German 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. We accept students at four different entry levels of linguistic attainment: beginners, post-GCSE, post-A level, and native speakers. In English, you will be introduced to a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches to literary and non-literary texts, and you’ll discover how history, philosophy, psychology and a range of other disciplines can inform our understanding of literary works. You will divide your time equally between the two subjects.

Why study English and German at Queen Mary?

The interactions between English and other disciplines will be clear in modules such as British Culture in the 1950s, Reading Psychoanalysis, or Critical Aesthetics. The different focuses of literary writing – from crime in the city to scientific discoveries to nationalism – will make you aware that all literary texts are voices of people and societies both like and unlike our own. Studying these will stretch you far beyond your A-level reading and you’ll find that your spare-time reading has dimensions you had never thought of.

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.

Queen Mary is home to the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (http://www.qmul.ac.uk/cagcr/ ), in which members of both departments co-operate. The Centre not only facilitates cutting edge research in the field, but also a variety of public events in which our students are encouraged to actively participate.

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 for how to spend the year abroad: 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.

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, drama productions and a Stammtisch. They also gain insights into the work of contemporary German authors as part of our highly acclaimed Writer-in-Residence Programme.

Structure

Year 1

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

English compulsory modules:

  • English, Reading, Theory and Interpretation

Then choose either:

  • Shakespeare
    • OR
  • Literatures in Time: Texts and Contexts from the Eighth to the Sixteenth Century
    • OR
  • Poetry: A Basic Course AND Fiction and Narrative

German core and compulsory modules:

  • Introductory German* (for ab initio entrants) / German I Intensive* (for post GCSE entrants) / German I* (for post A-level entrants) / Native speakers of German take no core language module in year 1 (*QMUL Model Module)
  • Foundations of German Studies* (for post A Level or Native Speaker entrants) or European Literature and its Contexts (for ab initio entrants only). Post GCSE students will chose either Foundations of German Studies* or European Literature and its Contexts.  Students' choice will be guided by their adviser and dependent on their performance in the German language test. (*QMUL Model Module)
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

Year 2

German core 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 and Contemporary German Studies II

German 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

English options include (for years 2&4):

  • Modernism
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Victorian Poetry
  • Writing South Africa
  • Chaucer
  • Reading Psychoanalysis, Reading Literature

Year 3

Year abroad: Study Abroad or Written and Oral assignment

Year 4

German core module:

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

German options include:

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

English options include (for years 2&4):

  • Modernism
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Victorian Poetry
  • Writing South Africa
  • Chaucer
  • Reading Psychoanalysis, Reading Literature

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¿   

  • GER – German
  • ENG - English

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: 

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/prospective/termsandconditions/

 

Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in A-Level English Literature or English Language and Literature. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Higher Level English A.
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. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in English Literature or Literacy modules at Distinction. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue.
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

Learning and Teaching:
We teach our programmes in a variety of ways, some traditional, some new. In your first year you will spend some of your time in lectures, which are always followed by smaller seminar groups. Increasingly, we are making lectures available by video podcast so that you can refresh your memory of what was said and shown. All your teachers have weekly office hours and you are encouraged to make use of these for advice. We try to vary our teaching as much as possible so that you learn by encountering different situations and points of view. Many of our modules feature guest lecturers (professional writers and publishers, for example). Others make use of the unrivalled resources that London offers by taking you out of the classroom.

As you progress, you’ll spend more time in smaller classes where you’ll be expected to take more responsibility for your learning as you develop confidence and skills. But whatever the format, you’ll be taught by experts in their field who are passionate about their subject and committed to good teaching.

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:
You will be assessed in a variety of ways. Some modules will be assessed by traditional exams, but the majority are assessed by coursework.

Coursework can mean essays, projects, individual or group presentations, log books, oral or memorisation tests. All coursework is compulsory because each piece of coursework contributes towards the final mark for a module.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018 entry
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

Funding

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

Graduate Employment

Graduates from our English and German degree programmes go on to work in a wide variety of roles in a range of sectors, including teaching, the arts, publishing, the media, heritage and charitable organisations.

The broad range of skills gained through our programmes, coupled with multiple opportunities for extracurricular activities and work experience, have enabled our students to move into careers in the arts, education, business and culture for world-renowned organisations such as:

  • British Council
  • Harper Collins
  • Curzon PR
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • The Independent
  • Rough Guides

Throughout the course, you have access to bespoke careers support to prepare you for graduate-level work.

Both English and German offer final year courses that are tailored to specific career paths or postgraduate study.

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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