What Will You Study

This joint language degree combines French Studies (ranked 4th in the Complete University Guide, 2017) and German Studies (ranked 15th in the Complete University Guide, 2017).  Taught by the Department of European Languages and Cultures, our distinctive approach enables you to acquire high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of French and German cultures and societies within a global context.

You’ll begin your degree with French and German courses which both have a language-specific cultural component.  You will also study a minor subject of your choice, which may be another language.

Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will also study the culture, politics and history of France and Germany in more depth, as well as selecting courses which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond.

Spending your third year abroad 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.  As a joint major student, you can spend your time in a French- or German-speaking country, or split the year between the two.

In your fourth year, you will continue developing your core French and German language skills. You will combine this with language-specific modules such as ‘Modernity of Forms and Forms of Modernity in French Literature: 1850-2000’. You may also choose some comparative culture courses, such as ‘Translation as a Cultural Practice’.