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English and German

RQ23 BA (Hons) 4 years

Overview

Studying English and a modern language gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between cultural traditions. You will divide your time equally between the two subjects, following modules designed to help you develop your linguistic skills, and introducing you to a range of theoretical and critical approaches to English studies. In your third year, you normally spend a year abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken – either studying or working, depending on your placement.

Why study English and German at Queen Mary?

You will have the opportunity to take advantage of the many interesting activities which take place within the department including visits to museums; theatre trips; and talks by eminent writers, actors and other media luminaries.

Several members of staff are stars in their own right: Professors Michèle Barrett and Jacqueline Rose are well-known for groundbreaking work on feminist theory, and are frequently heard on radio, along with other members of the department, such as Professor Peggy Reynolds and Professor Jerry Brotton. Radio 3’s recent list of “new generation thinkers” – up-and-coming public intellectuals “with a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship” – included Shahidha Bari.

You’ll also have the chance to study in the USA, through the College’s exchange scheme, a real benefit if you are studying American literature. We have a very wide range of option modules. The interactions between English and other disciplines you may have studied at school 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.

German is taught in one of the leading language departments in the UK.  This means that you will learn from people who are at the forefront of their field.

You will spend a year abroad in the third year of your degree. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills among native speakers. You have three main options for how to spend the year abroad: teaching English as a foreign language assistant; attending university abroad on an Erasmus exchange; or in the professional world, either on a work placement, with the School’s support, or independently, with the School’s approval.

We pride ourselves on the facilities we offer. Our computing services make us one of the best equipped languages departments in the UK. Advisers are on hand to help you take advantage of multilingual word-processing and to point you towards websites useful for language study. Our custom designed Language Centre provides state-of-the-art language teaching and learning facilities. We also subscribe to many foreign newspapers and journals.

The Library has extensive audio-visual facilities, a large collection of videos and DVDs and is equipped for viewing satellite TV. Students also enjoy lively language clubs and societies which organise film showings, outings, drama productions and a Stammtisch (a German word for a regular social meeting, which gives you the chance to practise your language as well as have fun).

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:

Ab-initio entry:

  • Introductory German (QMUL Model Module)
  • European Literature and its Contexts
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

Post GSCE entry:

  • German I Intensive (QMUL Model Module)
  • EITHER Foundations of German Studies (QMUL Model Module) OR European Literature and its Contexts.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

Post A Level entry:

  • German I (QMUL Model Module)
  • Foundations of German Studies (QMUL Model Module)
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

Heritage speaker entry:

  • Foundations of German Studies (QMUL Model Module)
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
  • Optional modules include:
    • Germany Today
    • German Play

Year 2

German II

Optional modules include:

German Play

Years 2 & 4

English options include:

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

Year 3

Year abroad: Written and Oral assignment

Year 4

German III

Options include:

  • German Swiss Literature and Culture
  • Languages in the Classroom: the Case of German
  • German Sociolinguistics

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
  • ESH – 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

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.
BTECBTEC qualifications are considered for entry to this programme.
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 designated webpages.

2017 Entry requirements

As/A-level:
Typical grades required: AAB - ABB from three A-levels with an A in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature, and B in a language.

Excluded subjects: General Studies and Critical Thinking.

International Baccalaureate:
Subjects and grades: 32 points overall including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Higher Level English A1 or A2 and 5 in a Higher Level language.

 

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

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £14,500

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

Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film go on to work in a wide variety of careers.  Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as interpreting, teaching and publishing, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as marketing.

The broad range of skills gained through our programmes, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:

Global Technical Support Representation Bloomberg
Assistant Tour Manager Sony
Trainee Manager Majestic Wine
Training Centre Co-ordinator ESI International
Fundraising Administrator Mildmay International
International Product Analyst Meta-Pack
Marketing Executive Mano
Tutor Freelance
Graduate Account Executive Hall & Partners
Publishing Assistant Medikidz
Journalist Self Employed
Interpreter Self Employed
English as a Foreign Language Teacher British Council

Careers support

In today's competitive jobs market, employers expect graduates to have a range of skills and work experience. Being based in London is a distinct advantage, and at QMUL we have designed programmes of careers support to help you take advantage of our capital location.

Alongside your studies, you'll have opportunities to:

• attend networking or industry events

• apply for internships in your ideal area of work

• volunteer with local or national charities

• work part-time.

And there's plenty of day-to-day support too. Whether you need help with writing a CV, developing your interview skills or planning further study once you graduate, we have teams of advisers on hand to give you the advice and support you need.

Visit: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk  and www.qmsu.org/volunteering

Learning a language

Even if you're not studying a language as part of your degree, you can still develop these skills by signing up for a course in QMUL's Language Centre. Choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.

Visit: http://sllf.qmul.ac.uk/language-centre/language-learning/

 

Profiles

Student Profile: Zaki Shah (Graduated 2015)
Studied: BA English Literature

“I chose Queen Mary because it offered me the chance to study the sort of modules that I was really keen to do. I also knew past and current students who found their time at Queen Mary fun and rewarding. The area inevitably played a big role too – close to central London, and walking distance from areas like Brick Lane and Shoreditch".

“The teaching style here gives you lots of academic freedom, but there is always help available if you need it. The type of assessment on the course reflects this freedom too – it’s good to be able to go away and work on a big research essay or your dissertation, rather than always being at the mercy of exams like at school!"

“Last year I found myself doing a course called Art Histories all about the different museums and art galleries in London. I’d never have anticipated doing a module like that on an English degree, but it turned out to be one of my favourites and I learnt loads of new things".

“Outside of class, I am starting a student group for a charity organisation called Schtoom. The
Students’ Union have been really helpful in helping me to do this – it’s fantastic to have such a supportive team behind you.”

Graduate Profile: Daniel Sawyer (Graduated 2010)
Studied: BA English

Why did you choose Queen Mary?

The size and reputation of the English department and the degree of choice offered by the course structure.

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for work?

I learned how to write rapidly and well, and how to research a subject methodically. The English course also made me more confident about speaking to a group. And from student life in general I learned a lot of interpersonal skills.

What are your most and least favourite aspects of your job?

When I was working in medical e-learning, I loved the mixture of disciplines it involved: I got the chance to work with doctors, medical students, graphic designers, web developers and learning design experts, all trying to create something together. And my least favourite part of the job was definitely whenever some piece of tech refused to work!

At present my favourite part of my postgrad course is probably handling medieval manuscripts, which is quite a thrill. As for the part I like least, I suppose, surprisingly enough, I am rather missing the discipline of a fixed nine-to-five working day.

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