Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:German and Contemporary Chinese Studies
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: B in German at A level
IB score: 32 (5 German at Higher Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 60 for all joint honours courses in the Department of German Studies
Campus: University Park Campus
This course offers you the opportunity to combine studies in German and Chinese languages, literatures and cultures. There is a wide range of optional modules available in literature, history, politics and society, allowing you to tailor your degree to your own specialist interests.
You will take core modules in both languages and introductions to German, Austrian, and Chinese literature, history and culture.
In German and Chinese, your language studies will be consolidated to prepare you for the year abroad. You will take modules in literature, history, politics and society from a wide choice of modules in both German and Chinese Studies. Dutch is normally available as part of the German course.
Spent abroad, divided between the two languages, on a work placement, a school assistantship, or at a German or Austrian university; you will also spend one semester studying Chinese language and culture at our own campus in Ningbo.
You will develop your command of both languages and their use in increasingly sophisticated contexts and study optional modules drawn from the areas of literature, history, politics, society, media and linguistics. In German, you may also choose to write a dissertation.
See also the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
A levels: ABB, including B in German at A level
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (no less that 220 in speaking and 19 in each other elemet)
For details please see the 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
Introduction to Contemporary China
German Language I
Mandarin Chinese for Beginners
Typical year-two modules
Mandarin Chinese for the Intermediate Level (2A)
German Language 2
Mandarin Chinese for the Intermediate Level (2B)
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad. Please see the Department of German Studies Year Abroad page and the Ningbo Campus page.
Typical year-four modules
Mandarin Chinese for the Advanced Level (3A)
Mandarin Chinese for the Advanced Level (3B)
German Essay and Oral
Translation from German
Typical optional modules
Aspects of the Third Reich
Germany in the international context since 1945
East Asian Business in the Twentieth Century
Introduction to Business and Economy of China
German History from Bismarck to Hitler
Social Change and Public Policy in China's Reform Era
The Rise of Modern China
You will have an understanding of German and Chinese culture and history, and will have acquired a high level of expertise in spoken and written German. Your Mandarin skills will be at an advanced level and your time spent overseas will demonstrate to employers that you are independent and adaptable.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of German Studies was £22,454 and the average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies was £25,833.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
Key Information Sets (KIS)
KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.
This course contains a period of study abroad. Students spend a semester in two countries. 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.
Mandarin is compulsory when spending the second semester at our China Campus.