German and Philosophy BA

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  • Duration: 4 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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We are still accepting applications for 2018 entry

German and Philosophy are a natural pairing. Germany, the 'land of poets and thinkers', has produced more than its share of great philosophers.  Even today, philosophy permeates German culture. If you're taking an A-level or equivalent in German, are eager to get to grips with philosophy, and would like to combine the two, a dual-honours degree in German and Philosophy is what you need.  It will enable you to develop your understanding of German language, society, and culture, while learning about philosophical issues that have challenged thinkers for centuries.

On this course you can either take an equal number of modules from each subject or you can decide to study more modules in German or in Philosophy. You will also have a year abroad in a German-speaking country, during which you can study at university (and take German philosophy courses if you wish), be a teaching assistant at a school, or do a work placement.

On the German programme, you will combine intensive practical language learning with a wide range of academic modules taught by active researchers. These cover society, literature, culture, politics, linguistics, film, and thought in the German-speaking world. Options of particular interest to philosophers include Modern German Thought, Freud, and German Culture and Ideas. We teach around a third of our modules in German. You can also take modules in Dutch or Luxembourgisch. Find out more about the German side of the course, including German modules.

The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their fields. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as ethics, aesthetics, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, philosophy of language, and logic. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, and Descartes. German philosophers you can study include Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules. Dual students have the choice of exactly the same modules as single-honours Philosophy students. Philosophy modules

More information

More information on German and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2018 prospectus. Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab: University 2018 prospectus.

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Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: ABB typically including a modern foreign language*
  • International Baccalaureate: 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher: AAAAB

We can also accept other qualifications:   Other entry requirements for German and Philosophy BA 

Other requirements:

*If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification).

English language requirements

 International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

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