How will my degree be structured?

Berlinerdom crossLevel 1

In your first year of study you will follow a core programme - essential language and culture classes taken by all students studying German. This will make up 1/3 of your credits at this level.

These classes will give you the German language skills to succeed at university. You will also develop your areas of interest via core history and culture classes, which will help you to make informed choices about your Level 2 modules.

Depending on your course, the rest of your credits will be made up of your other degree subject(s) or optional modules. Your optional modules can come from within Germanic Studies or elsewhere in the University. You can pick up another language if you want, do additional modules within the School of Languages and Cultures, or explore what the University has to offer. At the end of Level 1 you can still shift the focus of your degree.

Level 2

The core language course makes up 1/6 of your credits at this level. The rest of your course will be either optional modules and/or the other subject(s) of your degree course.

You will develop your skills across a number of specialist modules. These modules cover areas such as linguistics, literature, society, cinema and politics.

Our courses offer you access to a truly diverse range of knowledge. If you are a Dual Honours student you will have access to the same range of specialised modules as a Single Honours students, you will just do fewer of them.

Teaching and assessment

All languages teaching will take place in small tutorial groups of about 12 students. Option modules at Level 2 and Level 3 are in seminar groups. We believe that this provides the best opportunities for personalised study, active participation and collaborative learning.

We believe in helping you develop skills which are relevant to the world of work. These include information-handling techniques, presentation skills, time management and team work.

These skills are developed through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including presentations by staff and students, small-group work, class discussions and structured independent study.

Types of assessment

Your core language modules are assessed by written and oral exams, as well as your continued performance in oral classes. Optional modules are assessed by either presentations, exams, essays, or a combination of the three.

Year abroad

Depending on your degree programme, you will spend either one or two semesters in a German speaking country. You can study at a university, pursue voluntary work, do a work placement or work as a language assistant.

More about your year abroad

Level 3

The course at Level 3 will build on the linguistic and cultural expertise gained on your year abroad.

Along with your core language module, you will take a translation module, a presentation and debating module, or a German for Enterprise module. Here you will develop sophisticated use of German across a range of topics, tones and registers.

You will also explore your own specific areas of interest via our wide range of optional modules.

By the time you graduate you will have developed into a skilled user of the German language and an expert in German and Germanic culture.

What modules can I study?