Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QR12
Duration 4 years
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Related subjects English Language and Linguistics Germanic Studies Linguistics

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Department of Germanic Studies
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Department of Germanic Studies

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Course description

The course combines intensive language training with rigorous academic study.

We teach in German on several of our modules, which cover literature, culture, history, philosophy, politics, language theory and usage in German-speaking countries. Specialist options include Dutch and Luxembourgish.

Your modules in the School of English look at how languages work and how they change over space and time. These modules teach you how to analyse language.

Other options explore specialist areas like language acquisition and sociolinguistics.

In the first year you'll begin advanced practice in spoken and written German. You will also study contemporary German society and its history; and phases of German literature.

In the second year your German language training gets more advanced. Option modules include topics from linguistics, German literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

You spend your third year in Germany or another German-speaking country.

Your language training continues in the final year. Major options include German thought, modern and pre-modern literature, politics, linguistics, Dutch and Luxembourgish.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB typically including a modern foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
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).
  • 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
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Germanic Studies website

School of English website

First year

Optional modules:

Beginners' German I
Beginners' German II
History of English
Introduction to Research Methods in Linguistics
Varieties of English
Aufbausprachkurs
German Studies - Aufbaukurs
German Studies - Basiskurs
Grundsprachkurs
The Sounds of English
The Structure of English

Second year

Optional modules:

A Sense of Place: Local and Regional Identity
Big Data: Language & Digital Corpora
Dutch Intermediate
First Language Acquisition
German Culture and Ideas from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
Germanic Languages in Social Context
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Introduction to Middle English
Introduction to Modern Irish
Introduction to Old English
Language Attitudes
Language Politics and Language Policy
Language and Cognition
Phonetics
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Special Subject
Syntax
The History of Persuasion
Writing the Real
Deutsche Kultur (for Intermediate German)
Deutsche Politik und Medien (for Intermediate German)
Dutch Beginners A
Dutch Beginners B
Freud's Theory in Literary and Cultural Studies
German Film and Society
German Language (Continuation)
German Language (Foundation)
Germany Remixed: German Pop Culture in Literature and Film since the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Intermediate German Language
Intermediate German Language II
Maternalism and Militarism: 1871-1918
Medien und Oeffentlichkeit
Osterreich heute
Two Revolutions: German Literature of the 1960s and 1970s

Third year

Core modules:

Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Germanic Studies Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

German Core Language

Optional modules:

Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Advanced Phonetics
Approaches to Discourse
Cold War Culture
Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Conversation Analysis
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
Dialect in Literature and Film
Dissertation
Dissertation
Dutch Advanced
Dutch Intermediate
Dutch Language and Culture for Specialists
German for Enterprise
Historical Pragmatics
Historical Sociolinguistics
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Language and Gender
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Modern German Thought
Narrative Style in the Contemporary Novel
Psychology of Language
Research Practice
Researching Readers
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Texts Worlds
The GDR: From Utopia to Nostalgia
Theolinguistics
Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama
World Englishes
German Translation
Presenting and Debating in German

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 21%
Independent study 66%
Placement 13%

Assessment
Exams/tests 41%
Coursework 44%
Practical 16%

Department of Germanic Studies

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We teach an unusually wide range of subjects because we want you to graduate with a sophisticated understanding of German language, culture and society.

All our academic staff are prominent researchers in their specialist fields. Their energy and their commitment to teaching make this multilingual department a lively place to study.

The student-run Deutscher Verein and Nederlandse Vereniging societies organise regular social events celebrating German and Dutch culture.

Department of Germanic Studies website

School of English

Our staff are researchers, critics, writers and practitioners. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. Two members of the department, Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Duco van Oostrum, are National Teaching Fellows. Many others have received awards for their teaching, as well as for their research and creative practice.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. You will have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. But it doesn't stop there. We organise extra lectures, reading groups and study sessions. All our modules are supported by online resources - many of our students work on blogs and discussion boards each week.

We're famous for our pioneering work with communities and we encourage all our students to get involved. This could mean helping people find a voice through our Storying Sheffield project or working on Lyric, our annual city-wide festival of music and words.

School of English website


What our graduates do

Recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of professions including law, teaching, translating, journalism, broadcasting, accountancy, national government and business, in the UK and in elsewhere in Europe.

Student profile


"I'm in love with Sheffield, it was definitely a good choice. Studying languages means I can pretty much go anywhere, meet people and have a conversation. It has opened up another world."

Samantha O'nion
Languages



"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke
English

You'll spend your third year abroad, usually as a student at a university, as a language assistant in a school, or on an approved work placement. We also have a number of places on summer courses in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

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