What Will You Study

Taught by lecturers who conduct internationally respected research into the language and cultures of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, your degree course gives you the opportunity to acquire both high-level language skills and thorough understanding of German cultures and societies within a global context. Our degree places emphasis on practical language work and communication skills, with opportunities at every stage to study aspects of the culture, thought, society and institutions of German-speaking countries. Besides your core language and culture courses, you’ll be able to choose from a broad range of German courses and cultural, historical and political courses promoting comparative understanding of countries within Europe and beyond.

You begin your degree following core courses including Advanced or Intensive German oral and written language and ‘Becoming German: Identity Formation in Modern German Society and Culture’. You’ll also study comparative modules, such as ‘The Writer and The Text in 20th Century World Literature’ or ‘Economic and Social Change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945’.

Spending your third year either studying or working in a German-speaking country is compulsory.

The year abroad makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity.

In your fourth year, you will continue developing your core German language oral and written skills, combined with a choice of specialist culture courses. These include ‘Literature and Fame in Contemporary Germany’ and ‘Images of Austria: National Identity and Cultural Representation’.

If you take a Single Major degree in German, you will expand your interest in a particular topic from your second year studies and develop your own specialist Dissertation.