Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:International Media and Communications Studies and German (Beginners)
A level offer: ABB/AAC
Required subjects: Evidence of modern foreign language learning ability, normally an A at GCSE
IB score: 32 (5 in a language at Standard Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 60 for all German joint honours courses
Campus: University Park Campus
This course offers you the opportunity to take up German from scratch while learning about the theory and history of communications in a global context. An intensive beginners' course in German will enable you to capitalise on your proven language-learning ability and develop German to degree level alongside modules in areas like literature, history, linguistics, film and politics. In International Media and Communications Studies, you will have the option to cover a range of subjects such as the role of the mass media, communication theory, inter-cultural communications, and cultural studies. You will divide your time equally between the two subjects.
In German, you will receive an introduction to the structures of the language through the core language modules and pursue a choice of introductory modules in reading German texts, contemporary Germany, and German history. In International Media and Communications Studies you will be introduced to cultural and communications theories, mass media and new media.
In German, your language studies will be developed to prepare you for the year abroad, as well as deepening your understanding of German history and culture. In International Media and Communications Studies you will explore issues around public relations, propaganda and global media, and news production. You will also receive specific research training in the area of culture, film and media in order to lay the foundations for your final year dissertation.
Spent in Germany or Austria, on a programme of studies in a higher education institution, as an assistant in a school, or on a work placement.
The final year will allow you to consolidate the competence in the German language obtained during your year abroad, as well as deepening your understanding of German literature, cinema and politics. Modules in International Media and Communications Studies will allow you to gain vocational skills relevant to journalism and other creative industries as well as exploring the political issues arising from, among other things, cultural policy and media coverage of conflict. You will also undertake a dissertation project under the close supervision of a member of staff with knowledge of your chosen area.
See also the Department of German Studies.
A levels: ABB/AAC, Including evidence of modern foreign language ability, normally an A at GCSE
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in each other element)
For details please see alternative qualifications page.
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Beginners' German Language
Communications and Technology
Typical year-two modules
Researching Culture, Film and Media
German Language (Post-Beginners)
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad.
Please see the Department of German Introduction to the Year Abroad page or contact the Department of Culture, Film and Media for more information.
Typical year-four modules
Cultural Studies Dissertation
Writing for the Media
Typical optional modules
Germany from Empire to 1968
Reading German Culture
Media and Society
Cultures of Everyday Life
Hitler and the Third Reich
The New German Cinema
Media in Germany
Writing in Exile
German Life Writing
Media and Conflict
You will have developed independence of mind and will be inclined to question the modern world in more detail. Your transferable skills will include the ability to critically analyse the media, communicate effectively, develop and sustain a reasoned argument, and produce independent research. The language skills you will have gained, particularly if you have spent a year abroad, will recommend you to employers.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/2011 full-time graduates of the Department of Culture, Film and Media was £17,305 and for graduates of the Department of German it was £22,454.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
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This course contains a period of study abroad. Students' language skills and cultural understanding, developed during their year abroad, are assessed by a presentation.
The assessment forms part of the final year language module R23201 or R23202 (essay and oral, worth 10 credits) and contributes 20% to the overall module mark.