What Will You Study
Lancaster’s four-year combined German Studies and English Literature degree is taught by our Department of European Languages and Cultures and our Department of English and Creative Writing. You’ll also spend a year in a German-speaking country, immersing yourself in the language and culture.
Your German Studies programme aims to increase your fluency while exploring the country’s social, historical, political and cultural background in a European and global context. In English Literature you will study a range of poetry, drama, fiction and other prose.
You’ll begin your degree with courses including German Language (Intensive for Beginners or Advanced) an Introduction to German Culture Studies and an Introduction to English Literature. In your second year, you’ll study subjects such as The Theory and Practice of Criticism, and Becoming German: Identity Formation in Modern German Society and Culture.
Your third year abroad makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You will then finish your degree back at Lancaster by taking modules such as Literature and Fame in Contemporary Germany; From Decadence to Modernism 1890-1945; and American Literature from 1900.
- Dance and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Dance and English Literature : BA Hons
- Dance and French Studies : BA Hons
- Dance and German Studies : BA Hons
- Dance and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and German Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Language and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : 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 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 Philosophy : 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
- Management Studies and European Languages : BA Hons
- Modern Languages : BA 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
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- English Literature
- Part I German Studies (Intensive German for Beginners)
- Part I German Studies (Advanced)
- The Theory and Practice of Criticism
- German Language: Oral Skills
- German Language: Oral Skills (post-intensive)
- German Language: Written Skills
- German Language: Written Skills (post-intensive)
- Becoming German: Post-War German-language, Culture and Identities
- Residence Abroad: intercultural and academic reflection
- German Language Oral Skills
- German Language Written Skills
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment 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.
A-level: AAA - AAB including English Literature, English Language and Literature. To include German 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). We normally expect three A-levels
General Studies: Accepted as one of 3 A-levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: AAABB - ABBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects.Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 36 - 35 pts overall with 16 pts from best three HL courses
Mature students: Applications welcome, especially with evidence of recent successful formal study e.g. a pass in an Access Course involving English Literature with 6 - 8 unit distintions, including distinctions in all available English units
Foreign languages are greatly sought after in today's global business environment and with strong language skills you could consider the Civil Service, the Diplomatic Service, the British Council and various international agencies. Opportunities can also be found in business and cultural communications, journalism and commentary.
Careers traditionally associated with English Literature graduates include publishing, the media, teaching and librarianship. Avenues such as business, administration and professional services - where skills of self-expression and critical understanding of complex information are equally valued -are also open to you.
You might also consider continuing your studies. A postgraduate degree opens up opportunities in higher education while a professional qualification can open areas like interpreting. You could also train to teach German, or to teach English as a foreign language, either in the UK or further afield.
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 MethodsAt 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 elivery.
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 focussed 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.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to 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:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per 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 qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per 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
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.