What Will You Study
Lancaster’s joint German Studies and Philosophy degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 ranked German Studies 2nd and Philosophy 6th in the UK.
Your German Studies programme gives you the opportunity to acquire high-level language skills while gaining a thorough understanding of the country’s historical, cultural, social and political background in a global context. In Philosophy, you will cultivate your own critical perspective on philosophical problems and questions, and develop a range of methods for analysing, critically engaging with, and discussing such problems.
Your first year comprises an exploration of the German language and its cultural context as well as an introduction to some of the central problems in philosophy and the theories produced in response to them. Alongside this, you will study a minor subject of your choice.
Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will study the culture, politics and history of Germany and Austria in more depth, as well as selecting modules which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond. You will combine these with Philosophy modules such as, ‘Epistemology’, ‘Ethics: Theory and Practice’, and ‘Metaphysics’.
Spending your third year abroad in a German-speaking country makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement.
In your final year, you consolidate your German language skills, and study specialist culture and comparative modules, such as ‘Imagining Modern Europe: Post-Revolutionary Utopias and Ideologies in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century’. You will also select Philosophy modules such as ‘Logic and Language’ or ‘Aesthetics’.
- Criminology and French Studies : BA Hons
- Economics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Economics and Politics : BA Hons
- English Language and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and German Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- English Language with Chinese : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Film : BA Hons
- French Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- French Studies and German Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies and History : BA Hons
- French Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- French Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- French Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- French Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- French Studies and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- French Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- French Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- German Studies : BA Hons
- German Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and Film : BA Hons
- German Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- German Studies and History : BA Hons
- German Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- German Studies and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- German Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- German Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- German Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- International Management in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- International Relations : BA Hons
- International Relations and Religious Diversity : BA Hons
- International Relations in Contemporary China : BA Hons
- Law with Politics : LLB Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Linguistics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Management and French Studies : BSc Hons
- Management and German Studies : BA Hons
- Management and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- Management, Politics and International Relations (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Modern Languages : BA Hons
- Modern Languages and Cultures : MLang Hons
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- Philosophy : BA Hons
- Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics : BA Hons
- Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Politics and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Politics, International Relations and Management : BSc Hons
- Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Religious Studies and Sociology : BA Hons
- Religious Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Social Work, Ethics and Religion : MSocial Work Hons
- Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Film : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and History : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies with Italian : BA Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Part I German Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)
- Part I German Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)
- Becoming German: Post-War German-language, Culture and Identities
- Ethics: Theory and Practice
- German Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)
- German Language: Oral Skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)
- German Language: Written Skills (CEFR: B2)
- German Language: Written Skills (Post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)
- History of Philosophy
- Modern Political Thought
- Philosophical Questions in the Study of Politics and Economics
- Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of the Mind
- Second Year Programme for Academic Skills, Year Abroad Preparation and Employability
- Western Philosophy and Religious Thought
- Cross-cultural encounters in World Literatures
- Economic and Social Change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945
- Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain
- Professional Contexts for Modern Languages
- Society on Screen: The Language of Film
- Understanding culture
- Continental Philosophy
- Darwinism and Philosophy
- Dissertation with external collaboration
- Ethics and Genetics
- Future generations
- German Language Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)
- German Language Written Skills (CEFR C1/C2)
- History of Twentieth Century Philosophy
- Indian Religious and Philosophical Thought
- Logic and Language
- Philosophy of Medicine
- PPR in Education
- Special Subject: The Imagination
- Contemporary Cities in Literature and Film
- Images of Austria: National Identity and Cultural Representation
- Imagining Modern Europe: Post-Revolutionary Utopias and Ideologies in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
- Literature and Fame in Contemporary Germany
- The Prosecution of 'Otherness' in Europe: Witchcraft, Heresy and Inquisition (14th -17th C)
- Translation as a Cultural Practice
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level ABB
Required Subjects A level German, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A or 7 in a foreign language. Native German speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including appropriate evidence of language ability
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit accepted alongside appropriate evidence of language ability
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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As well as language and subject-related skills, a degree in languages develops rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills that can be utilised across a variety of careers such as accountancy, IT, business development, civil service, events management, finance, journalism, publishing, research and sales, as well as teaching and translating both in the UK and abroad. Your studies in Philosophy will also hone analytical, logical and communication skills valued by diverse employers.
For the last ten years, languages graduates from Lancaster have been in the top ten universities in the country in terms of their employment prospects. The Complete University Guide 2017 ranked Philosophy 2nd in the UK for graduate prospects.
Many graduates continue their studies at Lancaster, making the most of our excellent postgraduate research facilities. We offer Masters degrees in Philosophy, Translation, and Languages and Cultures, as well as a range of PhD research degrees.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focused critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018-19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017-18 were:
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Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.