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Why Study German?

In today’s global environment, expertise in modern languages has never been more important. Intercultural knowledge and multilingual skills are highly valued by employers and will give you a competitive edge in the international marketplace.

We offer a range of courses allowing you to focus your studies in German as a single honours subject or as part of a joint-language degree, a 3-language degree, or even in combination with another subject. Many of our German language courses also provide the opportunity to study Dutch in your second year.

Following a single honours course will allow you to follow a full range of options, equipping you with extensive knowledge of the heritage and life of modern Germany and Austria.

Combining German with another subject or language(s) will give you advanced skills in the German language, and a broad range of specialised and detailed insights into the culture, society and history that go with it.

We offer learning in small classes, where you get to know the staff and your fellow students in a friendly environment. At the same time, our very large and varied range of modules enables you to tailor your degree to your personal needs.

You will benefit from an on-site dedicated Modern Languages centre and translation equipment.

A number of our courses allow you to study German as a beginnerThis option is available for many of our degrees where German is combined with another subject Please see our course information for more details.

Top 10

in the UK for Student Satisfaction (5th) in German

Complete University Guide 2021 [published June 2020]

Top 10

in the UK for Research Quality (8th) in German

Complete University Guide 2021 [published June 2020]

Career Opportunities in German

Studying a modern language, whether alone or in combination with another subject, opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Many of our graduates have, of course, gone into teaching and translating, but just as many have embarked upon successful careers in the civil service, business and commerce, industry and the media.

As a language student, you will develop strong communication skills and the ability to present views clearly, both verbally and in writing.  What’s more, you will acquire other transferrable skills, such as cultural awareness, accuracy, teamwork, planning and logical analysis, which are highly valued by employers.

Your Year Abroad will also play an important part in enhancing graduate employment prospects. A year abroad, whether working or studying not only provides real experience and broadens your horizons, it will also help to cultivate, independence, adaptability and self-awareness.

Our Research in German

Our international research profile in modern languages is derived from the dynamic work of academic and research staff, who have built major individual and collaborative projects in the histories, cultures and politics of the Francophone, Hispanic, German and Italian-speaking worlds, with a growing specialism in Translation Studies and Chinese Studies.

We are proud of our strong performance in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), which judged 76% of our research to be internationally excellent or world-leading, with particularly outstanding results on our research impact.

Particular research strengths lie in postcolonial approaches to Francophone and Iberian Cultures, the politics of memory and memorialisation, travel writing, Catalan and Galician Studies, Italian organised crime, translation, power and critical discourse, film and national identities, popular culture and comics, material cultures and material texts, visual cultures and contemporary art.

Our students benefit from a lively and inclusive research community. Not only does our research inform our teaching, we also run an exciting Research Forum each term, comprising a variety of events, including talks from visiting scholars and our own research staff and students, book launches and art, music and poetry performances.

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