Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will study at a top'ranking languages department with an outstanding research record. You will be based in our award'winning International Building at the heart of the Egham campus. You will use our excellent language learning materials that include complex simulations designed to reflect real'life situations through extended role'play. You can choose from a wide range of exciting courses covering literature, film and cultural studies, visual arts, history and society. You will enjoy easy access to London's vast wealth of film and visual arts resources, from small collections to national museums, libraries and film institutes. You will benefit from an immersive third year of study spent in a German'speaking environment. You can choose between partner universities such as Heidelberg, Munich and Vienna, teaching placements at German or Austrian schools, or work placements in business or industry. The school of Modern Languages offers excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. You will acquire the kind of critical, communication and leadership skills that are highly valued by prospective employers.

Course Modules

German Year 1: German language 1; German language 2; reading German literature; truth, language and art: key questions in the humanities; modern Germany (history and society); introduction to comparative textual analysis; the birth of European film or reading European film 1. Year 2: German language 2 (grammar and translation); German language 2 (current affairs); history and politics as reflected in the German cinema from the 1930s to the 1990s; ideals and realities in German drama; narrative strategies in German prose fiction; introduction to modern European philosophy. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: German language 3. Visual Cultures Year 1: visual arts 1 (artists and their material); international film 1 (contexts and practices); birth of film; a special theme in European culture: the city; the visual image in French culture and society; text and image in the Hispanic world; culture and identity in Latin America; re'mapping the Amexicano border in visual culture; Italian art (Giotto to Arte Povera). Year 2: visual arts 2 (genre and movements); international film 2 (readings and representations); cinema in France (from modernism to the postmodern); the illustrated text in France; post'war Italian cinema; art and culture in renaissance Florence; renaissance transgressions; representations of childhood and youth in modern German culture; constructing identity in contemporary Spanish film; 20th'century Mexican visual arts and film; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: transnationalism, diaspora and globalisation in contemporary film; visual arts dissertation; from aestheticism to the avant'garde; image, identity and consumer culture in post'war fiction and film; text and image in France (cubism to the present); ethics and violence (murder, suicide and genocide in literature and film); wanton women (artists and writers of the French avant'garde); blindness and vision in French culture; shooting history (dictatorship, terror and crime in Italian fiction); Italian fashion and design; dream factories (recent German film).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher

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91% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 87%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 94%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 84%

£19,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

84% Go on to work and/or study

In work 57
Studying 23
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 9
Unknown 8

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 37%

Total Coursework: 34%

Total Practical: 28%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation