German Studies and Computing BSc Hons - 2020 Entry
Lancaster’s joint German Studies and Computing is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the School of Computing and Communications. German Studies at Lancaster was ranked 2nd in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, while the School of Computing received the highest award in its most recent Periodic Quality Review of teaching.
Your German Studies programme enables you to acquire high-level language skills while gaining a thorough understanding of the country’s historical, cultural, social and political background in a global context. In Computing, you’ll focus on developing professional skills, including extensive study of software and systems development.
Your first year comprises an exploration of the German language and its cultural context, as well as core modules in the fundamentals of computer science and software development. Alongside this, you will study a minor subject of your choice.
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 modules such as Databases, HCI, Networking and Software Design.
Spending your third year abroad in a German-speaking country 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.
In your final year, you consolidate your German language skills, and study specialist culture and comparative modules, such as ‘Translation as a Cultural Practice’. You will also select Computing modules such as Internet Applications Engineering and Artificial Intelligence.
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.
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4
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 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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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.
- Computer Science Group Project
- 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)
- Second Year Programme for Academic Skills, Employability and International placement preparation
- Shaping Contemporary German-Speaking Europe: Moments and Movements
- Software Design
- Advanced Programming
- Computer Networks
- Cross-cultural encounters in World Literatures
- Economic and Social Change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain
- Professional Contexts for Modern Languages
- Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing
- Society on Screen: The Language of Film
- Understanding culture
- Artificial Intelligence
- Autocrats, Caudillos and Big Men: Understanding Dictatorship and its Cultural Representation in the 20th Century
- Computer Science Seminars
- Contemporary Cities in Literature and Film
- Full Unit Dissertation
- 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
- Mirrors across Media: Reflexivity in Literature, Film, Comics and Video Games
- Security and Risk
- The Prosecution of 'Otherness' in Europe: Witchcraft, Heresy and Inquisition (14th -17th C)
- Third Year Project
- Translation as a Cultural Practice
- 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, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
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 such as accountancy, 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. Combined with the technical and sought-after skills gained in Computer Science, graduates may go on to join major technology companies such as IBM, Google or BAE whilst others prefer software design, development and management roles within SMEs, or starting their own business.
For the last ten years, languages graduates from Lancaster have been in the top ten universities in the country in terms of their employment prospects. The Complete University Guide 2017 ranked Computer Science 2nd in the UK for graduate prospects.
Many graduates continue their studies at Lancaster, making the most of our excellent postgraduate research facilities. We offer Masters degrees in Translation, Languages and Cultures, Computer Science and Telecommunication as well as a range of 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.
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