What Will You Study
Lancaster’s joint German Studies and History degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the Department of History.
Your German Studies programme gives you the opportunity to acquire high-level language skills and gain a thorough understanding of the country’s historical, cultural, social and political background in a global context. In History, we will help you to develop your critical abilities studying modules in British, European and American world history.
Your first year comprises an exploration of the German language and its cultural context as well as the core History module ‘From Medieval to Modern: History and Historians’. Alongside this, you can choose the History module ‘People, Places, and the Past’ or a minor subject that complements your degree.
Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will study the culture, politics and history of Germany and Austria in more depth, as well as selecting modules which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond. You will combine these with the core module, ‘The Nature and Practice of History’, and select options such as ‘The Making and Unmaking of Heroes in German History: from Warriors and a People’s Queen to Film Stars and a Football Team' and 'Restless Nation: Germany in the 20th Century'.
Spending your third year abroad in a German-speaking country allows you to make 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.
In your final year, you consolidate your German language skills, and study specialist culture and comparative modules, such as ‘Imagining Modern Europe: Post-Revolutionary Utopias and Ideologies in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century’. You will also select History modules such as ‘Europe’s Age of Extremes, 1914-45: Film and Memory’ or ‘The Shock of the New - Modernity and Modernism in American Culture, 1877-1919’.
- Chinese Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and Film : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and French Studies : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and German Studies : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and History : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- Chinese Studies and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- Criminology and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Chinese Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and German Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and History (Placement Year) : 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 Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- French Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- German Studies : 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 Linguistics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- German Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- German Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- History : BA Hons
- History (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and International Relations (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Management and French Studies : BA Hons
- Management and German Studies : BA Hons
- Management and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies : BA Hons
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Modern Languages : BA Hons
- Modern Languages and Cultures : MLang Hons
- Psychology and Chinese Studies : BA Hons
- Psychology and French Studies : BA Hons
- Psychology and German Studies : BA Hons
- Psychology and Spanish Studies : 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 Theatre : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- Theatre and Chinese Studies : BA Hons
- From Ancient to Modern: History and Historians
- Part I German Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)
- Part I German Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)
- Exploring Key Dates in History
- 'Histories of Violence: How Imperialism made the Modern World'
- Reform, Rebellion and Reason: Britain, 1500-1800
- The Fall of Rome
- 'Witches', Warriors and Slavers: Exploring the History of Lancaster
- 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)
- Making History: Contexts, Sources and Publics
- Second Year Programme for Academic Skills, Employability and International placement preparation
- Shaping Contemporary German-Speaking Europe: Moments and Movements
- Writing History: Questions, Methods, Conclusions
- A Global History of the Mind, 1000-2020
- Britain in the Twentieth Century
- Culture and Society in England, 1500-1750
- Economic and Social Change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945
- Europe and the World, 1450-1650: Bodies, Cultures, and Environments
- From Education to Employment: History Work Placement Module
- Gandhi and the End of Empire in India, 1885-1948
- Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain
- Making Modern Britain, c. 1660 - 1720
- Norman England, 1066- 1154: Conquest, Colonisation and Conflict
- On the Edge of Empire: Being Roman in Britain
- Partisans and Collaborators: World War II in Occupied Europe
- Professional Contexts for Modern Languages
- Restless Nation: Germany in the 20th Century
- Slavery & Freedom: North America, 1620-1800
- Society on Screen: The Language of Film
- The English Civil War (1640-1660)
- The History of the United States, 1865-1989
- The Making of Germany, 843-1122
- The Origins and Rise of Islam (600-1250 AD)
- The Roman Empire: Society and Culture in the Mediterranean and Beyond
- The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1500-1865
- The Victorians and Before: Britain, 1783-1901
- Understanding culture
- Virginia, (1585-1685): adventure, war and tobacco in the first American colony
- 'A World Full of Gods': Lived Religion in the Roman Empire
- Advertising and Consumerism in Britain, 1853-1960
- Anarchy and society in the Caribbean, c.1620-c.1720
- Battles of World War II: Resistance and the Holocaust
- Contemporary Cities in Literature and Film
- 'Dangerous Thoughts': Soviet Dissent, Human Rights, and the Cold War
- Fake News or Fact? Ballads and News Culture in Early Modern England
- From Balfour to Brexit: Britain as a Great Power since 1914
- From Rebellion to Revolution: The War for the Throne, 1199-1265
- Full Unit Dissertation
- Gender Identities in the People's War: Experiences, Representations and Memories
- 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
- The East India Company: Merchant State, 1600-1857
- The Normans in Italy (1050-1194)
- The Third Reich and Film
- Translation as a Cultural Practice
- Vikings and Sea-Kings: Power and Plunder in the Irish Sea Region, 794-1079
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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.
The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.
A Level AAB
Required Subjects A level German, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A or 7 in a foreign language. Native German speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including appropriate evidence of language ability
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction accepted alongside appropriate evidence of language ability
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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In a globalised world, foreign languages combined with knowledge of international history and contemporary cultures are likely to be valued by employers. The Guardian University Guide ranks History 1st in the UK for graduate careers after 6 months.
During your degree you will have the opportunity to develop the ability to think critically, analyse evidence and structure an argument, as well as gaining rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills. These skills may open up a variety of careers such as working in museums and heritage, IT, business development, civil service, events management, finance, journalism, publishing, research and sales, as well as teaching and translating both in the UK and abroad.
Many graduates continue their studies at Lancaster, making the most of our postgraduate research facilities. We offer Masters degrees in Translation, Languages and Cultures, and History as well as PhD research degrees.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.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018-19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017-18 were:
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Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Optional field trips may be offered on this course for which students will be required to pay their travel costs
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.