Offering you the opportunity to combine studies in the German and Portuguese languages, literatures and cultures, this course will also allows you to gain international experience and to choose modules that you are interested in, tailoring your degree to suit you.
Your modules might include: Beginners’ Portuguese; German Language; Introduction to Brazilian History and Society; Introduction to German Film Studies; Introduction to Portuguese History and Society, 1750-Present; and German Through English Eyes. You will acquire a high level of expertise in both languages and will be able to use them in professional and other contexts. You will also develop a broad understanding of German and Lusophone cultures. Your international experience will prove to employers that you are adaptable, independent and able to cope in challenging situations.
You will acquire a high level of expertise in both languages and will be able to use them in professional and other contexts. You will also develop a broad understanding of German and Lusophone cultures. Your international experience will prove to employers that you are adaptable, independent and able to cope in challenging situations.
You will take core modules in both languages and introductions to German, Austrian, Brazilian and Portuguese literature, history and culture.
In Portuguese and German, your language skills 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 German, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. As part of the German course, Dutch is normally available as are modules in linguistics.
Spent abroad, divided between the two languages, either working, teaching or studying in Portugal, Brazil, Germany, or Austria.
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 both languages, you may also choose to write a dissertation.
See also the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
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
German Language I
Typical year-two modules
Língua Portuguesa Nível Intermedio
German Language 2
Discoveries, Empire and Colonies in the Lusophone World: Portugal, Africa and Brazil
Nation Building and National Identities in the Lusophone World: Portugal, Africa and Brazil
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad.
Please see the Department of German Studies Year Abroad page and the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
Língua Portuguesa Nível Avançado
Typical optional modules
Hispanic Visual Culture
German History from Bismarck to Hitler
Sex, Gender and Society in Modern Germany
Literature after the Wende
Brazilian Slave Society
Lusophone Identities, Culture, and Modernity in Portugal and Africa
From Reformation to Revolution: The Makings of Modern Germany
Investigating the German Language
Spain and Portugal in the Twentieth Century
Dissertation in Hispanic Studies
You will acquire a high level of expertise in both languages and will be able to use them in professional and other contexts. You will also have a broad understanding of German and Lusophone cultures. Your international experience will prove to employers that you are adaptable, independent, 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, 92.2% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,988 with the highest being £30,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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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.
Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help.
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.
Key Information Sets (KIS)
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This course contains a period of study abroad. Students normally spend a semester in each country and are assessed in the following:
German: 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.
Spanish/Portuguese: the assessment consists of a grammar and translation exercise, completed in class during week one under exam conditions, and a written report on a topic related to the year abroad. This is submitted in week two.
The grammar and translation exercise tests knowledge on all grammatical structures studied in years one and two. The report should be 500 words, word processed and about a relevant cultural, social, political or religious aspect of the country where the year was spent. The average of both pieces gives 10% of the final mark for each final year language module.