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German Studies and Psychology BA Hons

What will you study?

Lancaster’s four-year German Studies and Psychology degree gives you the opportunity to study in our Department of European Languages and Cultures and our Psychology Department, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society as the graduate basis for chartered membership. You will also spend a year abroad where you will increase your linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Your degree combines German language practice with a range of modules that explore the country’s society, culture, history and politics. In Psychology, you can study the issues and subjects that most interest you and enjoy teaching by some of the subject's foremost scholars.

You’ll begin your degree following core courses such as Understanding Psychology and German Studies (Intensive for Beginners or Advanced). In your second year, you can study subjects including Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; German Language Oral Skills and German Language Written Skills.

In your third year, you’ll complete your Residence Abroad: Intercultural and Academic Reflection before finishing your degree with modules such as Brain and Behaviour; Personality and Individual Differences; German Language Oral Skills, and German Language Written Skills.

Where could it take you?

Our graduates leave with strong communication, interpersonal and analytical skills and many gain employment within top organisations in the UK and abroad. Career paths include journalism, sales and marketing as well as interesting opportunities within the Diplomatic Service and the British Council.

Studying Psychology has obvious benefits as a stepping stone to becoming a psychologist. Additionally, the social insights, analytical and research skills you’ll gain through studying Psychology are very desirable and open up various career options following graduation.

If you are interested in further study, Lancaster is a centre of excellence for postgraduate research and also offers a range of practical training options in specialist areas such as interpreting.

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.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2016:

Grade Requirements


International Baccalaureate 36-35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly

Essential subjects

German required unless this is to be studied from beginners’ level, in which case applicants should have evidence of language learning ability (e.g. an AS or A-level in another foreign language or GCSE grade A in a foreign language). Native German speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme

GCSE Mathematics (B); English Language (C)

IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)

Further information

General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level

Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed

Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview

Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

Students will need to account for occasional travel to and from work placements. It will also be necessary for students to pay for a Criminal Record Bureau check. There is also the option for students to join the appropriate professional body, however membership is voluntary.

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.