You will normally divide your time equally between German and Politics, taking core modules in both subjects along with options from a wide range of modules which will allow you to tailor your degree to your own interest. This course offers a wide choice of modules in German language, literature, linguistics, history, politics, culture and film. In politics, you will take a range of options from three core areas: political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
In addition to core German language, you will take modules in literature, history, politics and society and may opt for modules in linguistics. Dutch is also normally available. In Politics, you will take modules in contemporary political theory, comparative politics and international relations. You will learn to apply and gain a thorough understanding of the history of political ideas.
Your German language skills will be consolidated to prepare you for the year abroad. In German, you will take modules in literature, history, politics and society. There is additionally a wide choice of modules in German culture, media and linguistics. In Politics, you will take a range of options from three designated 'core' areas: political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
Spent in Germany or Austria as a language assistant in a school, on an approved course of study or on a work placement.
You will develop your command of German to a high level and use it in increasingly sophisticated contexts. You will also study optional modules drawn from the areas of German literature, history, politics, society, media and linguistics. You may also choose to write a dissertation. In Politics, you may elect to research and write a dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff, and/or take options in political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
See also the School of Politics & International Relations.
A levels: ABB, including German at A level
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (no less that 20 in speaking and 19 in each other element)
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
Power and the State
Understanding Global Politics
Foundations for Politics
German Language I
Political Ideas in Conflict
Typical year-two modules
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad.
Please see the Department of German Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
German Studies Dissertation
German Essay and Oral
Translation from German
Please see optional modules below or contact the Department of German Studies or the School of Politics and International Relations for more information.
Typical optional modules
Hitler and the Third Reich
Introduction to Literary Translation
Approaches to Political Studies
Culture and Society in the Weimar Republic
Jewish Intellectuals in Germany 1830-1940
German Life Writing
Germany in the international context since 1945
Media, Parties and Politics in Modern Germany
New German Cinema
You will develop a broad understanding of political theories and ideas, and the ability to think independently and to develop a reasoned argument. You will have acquired a high level of expertise in spoken and written German, and your international experience will demonstrate to employers that you are independent, adaptable and able to cope in challenging situations.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2012, 92.3% of first-degree graduates in the Department of German Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,365 with the highest being £30,000.*
In 2012, 91.3% of first-degree graduates in the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,368 with the highest being £60,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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Scholarships and bursaries
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There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.
To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.
* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.
The International Office provides support and advice on financing your degree and offers a number of scholarships to help you with tuition fees and living costs.
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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.