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.
- Criminology and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and German Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Spanish Studies : 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 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 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
- Modern Languages and Cultures : MLang 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.
- Becoming German: Post-War German-language, Culture and Identities
- 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)
- 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
- Full Unit Dissertation
- German Language Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)
- German Language Written Skills (CEFR C1/C2)
- Autocrats, Caudillos and Big Men: Understanding Dictatorship and its Cultural Representation in the 20th Century
- 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
- Translation as a Cultural Practice
- Witchcraft, Heresy, and Inquisition: The Prosecution of 'Otherness' in Europe (14th-17th c.)
- Writing in the margins: narrating cross-cultural experience
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, or staff changes, or new research.
A Level AAB-ABB
International Baccalaureate 35-32 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
German required unless this is to be studied from beginners’ level, in which case applicants should have evidence of language learning ability (eg 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
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
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
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via email@example.com
The language and communication skills gained on this course enable graduates to find work in a wide variety of areas such as journalism, advertising, teaching, librarianship to accountancy and IT. Staff in the Department work hard to source internships and training opportunities for students during their time at Lancaster to prepare them for life after Lancaster. For the last eight years, Languages graduates from Lancaster have been in the top ten universities in the country in terms of their employment prospects.
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. In order to help you understand how these skills can be used in the workplace we provide a number of workshops throughout your studies at Lancaster.
Many German Studies graduates continue their studies at a higher level. A postgraduate degree opens up opportunities in higher education. A professional qualification can lead to a career in a specific area 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.
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.
Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.
Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2016/17 are:
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. 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.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
- 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. In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
- An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.
Bursaries for life, living and learning
- 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
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
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.