German Studies


At a glance

  • Study as a complete beginner, or from GCSE, and reach degree standard by the end of your course
  • Immerse yourself in the life-changing opportunities of a year abroad, supported by our specialist team
  • 97% of our research was classed as being of international quality in terms of ‘originality, significance and rigour’*

* Research Excellence Framework, 2014

German Studies

Why study German?

Germany is a dynamic and welcoming country with immense cultural riches. It is one of the world’s largest economies and a political leader in Europe. Students of German not only develop high-level linguistic skills which are much in demand from employers, but also explore the cultural wealth and history of Germany and Austria, which has been fundamental to the development of the Europe we know today.

Whether you have studied German to A level, GCSE level or not at all, we look forward to welcoming you to our lively student community. With an excellent national and international reputation for teaching and research, and a large number of staff covering a wide range of research and teaching specialisms, we offer a first-class environment for studying German within one of the largest Modern Languages units in the country. If you’ve never considered tackling a language to degree level, why not give German serious consideration? Subjects such as English, Politics, History, Economics, and Business can be combined with German to give your CV a distinctive edge, and the international experience that you gain on the year abroad is invaluable in today’s competitive environment.


How will I study?

We are committed to teaching innovative programmes that build directly on our research excellence.

All our degree courses are modular, allowing you to select modules in areas that interest you. We emphasise the development of language skills throughout the course. A varied menu of work in small groups develops speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and these are underpinned by a course in German grammar. Your oral skills will be assessed along with your ability to write German and to read a range of texts. You can also choose additional language options, e.g. in translation studies. Beginners follow an intensive programme of language instruction to enable rapid progress. In the final year they take the same language classes as post-A level students and graduate at the same level.

Other modules are delivered through lectures and seminars with plenty of scope for class discussion. You will gain practice in giving presentations in German and will learn to prepare work in groups as well as individually.

First year students of German take a module which introduces them to the study of German literature, linguistics, history and film. Optional modules then allow you to study the topics that most interest you. These cover areas such as modern and contemporary German history, politics, linguistics, literature, culture and media. Optional modules in Dutch language are also available.


Modules are assessed by coursework and exams or a combination of both. Your degree classification is determined by marks gained in the second and fourth year.



Our students are highly sought after by employers. Recent graduates now work for: Ernst and Young; Europa Publications; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Deutsche Bank; Cambridge University Press; deVere Group; and Emirates Airlines, among many.

In 2016, 94.2% of undergraduates in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,336 with the highest being £31,000.* 

Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2017, High Fliers Research).


Study abroad

Your third academic year is spent in Germany or Austria doing one of the following:

  • a programme of studies in a higher education institution
  • working as an assistant in a school
  • a work placement.

Options available to you may depend on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government. For more information, see our Year Abroad page and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies statement on Brexit and our year abroad provision.


Application and interview

Offers are normally made without interview. Suitable applicants with non-standard qualifications will be invited for an interview.


Open days

UCAS visit days for students offered a place are normally held fromearlt February to late March. You are welcome to visit at other times – please contact us or find dates for our open days.

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