History and German

Entry Year:2019

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
RV21
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. 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.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information
History and German
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Overview

Study German language and culture, putting what you learn into the wider context of European history.

The first year provides a broad overview of European history and starts your study of the culture and society of Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. You’ll take German language modules at the appropriate level, from beginner to native speaker – no prior knowledge of German is required.

In later years you’ll choose modules in European history and German literature, culture, and thought that complement each other. Teaching of written and spoken German continues all the way through to your final year, combining practical language teaching with modules that explore the language in different contexts.

You’ll spend your third year studying or working in a German-speaking country, immersing yourself in its language and society, and in your final year you’ll complete original research on a history subject of your choice.

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Structure

The German language modules you take will depend on your entry level. We offer separate classes for beginner, post-GCSE, post-A-level and native speakers.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Language Students
  • Foundations of German Studies (for post-A-level and native speakers) OR European Literature and its Contexts (for beginners) - GCSE entrants may take either option
  • German language module (streamed according to entry level - for all levels apart from native speakers)
  • History in Practice

Choose from

  • Europe in a Global Context since 1800
  • Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801

Choose from

  • From Reformation to Revolution Europe and the World from 1500-1800
  • What the Middle Ages have done for us, Europe 1100-1500

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Contemporary German Studies I OR Contemporary German Studies II
  • German language module (streamed according to entry level)

Choose two from

  • A Century of Extremes: Germany 1890-1990
  • Britain and Europe 1945-1963
  • Challenging Europe’s Political and Social order: The 1848 Revolution

Choose one from

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

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Year abroad

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Compulsory

  • German language module
  • History special subject: Germany’s Cultural revolution: ‘1968’ in Context

Choose one or two from

  • Advanced German for Business
  • Anglo-German Cultural Relations Past and Present
  • Faust in Legend, Literature and the Arts
  • Foreign Influences and Linguistics Purism in the History of German
  • German Poetry in the 20th century
  • German Sociolinguistics
  • German Swiss Literature and Culture
  • German Thought II
  • Languages in the Classroom: Teaching German
  • Modern Languages Research Project

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year abroad

You will spend your year abroad in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland.

You have three options for how to spend your year abroad:

  • teaching English as a foreign language assistant
  • attending university
  • in the professional world, either on a work placement with our support, or independently with our approval.
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Testimonial

Studying history has given me the chance to explore civilisations I never even knew existed. From medieval monks to modern day Britain, my eyes have been opened to a vast array of cultures.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately 10 to 16 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures, seminars and language classes.

You will spend up to five hours per week in language classes – in small groups of no more than 20 for classroom or language lab teaching, and no more than 10 for oral and aural work.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of written exams and coursework, final-year dissertations, independent projects and creative journals.

Resources and facilities

The Schools offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Multimedia Language Resource Centre, equipped with digital labs and resource rooms, teacher and student workstations, interactive whiteboards, and software for viewing live international satellite TV broadcasts
  • a vibrant History Society
  • the Queen Mary History Journal, a major scholarly publication stocked by the British Library, which is written, produced and edited entirely by students 
  • a central London location that offers ready access to a wealth of world-class libraries, archives, museums and galleries
  • subscriptions to foreign newspapers and journals
  • language clubs and social activities, including film screenings, discussion groups and debates.

Learn another language

If you’re interested in learning another language, you can sign up for a course at Queen Mary’s Language Centre, where you can choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Japanese or Spanish.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. 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 History at Higher Level.
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 History modules at Distinction. For programmes with French, applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. 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.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Fluency in German will give you an advantage on the job market, whether in the UK, in Europe or internationally. Experience of studying history can be applied directly to careers in museums, education, or the arts and heritage sector. With a foot in both camps, you’re especially well placed for careers in diplomatic, international or charitable organisations.

You can also transfer the communication, research and analytical skills gained during your degree into other sectors, such as publishing, journalism and the civil service.

Recent graduates who combined history with a modern language have been hired by:

  • British Red Cross
  • Commerzbank
  • RSVP
  • Ruby Pseudo
  • The Guardian
  • Transport for London.

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About the Schools

School of Languages Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and vibrant. Our students produce podcasts and short films, put on plays and liaise with writers and journalists.

We’re visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and have strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

School of History

The School of History is ranked 11th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 

Our staff are world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio: you will learn from academics at the forefront of research in their respective fields. Our London location offers students unrivalled access to museums, archives and libraries.

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