Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QR32
Duration 4 years
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Related subjects Germanic Studies English Literature

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Course description

As a dual honours student you'll take half your modules in the School of English and half in the Department of Germanic Studies. The many optional modules mean you can design your degree around your individual interests.

Studying for a dual or combined honours degree in German and English language literary cultures (including theatre, film and creative writing) encourages you to understand their complex and mutable histories. Neither is reducible to their current nation-states, and both cultures, and the plurality of cultures within each, have had a truly global impact. Furthermore, the literary, philosophical and cultural correspondences between German and English language traditions are profound and long-standing.

Combining your studies in German and English cultures will introduce you to an international understanding of both, and will allow you a novel perspective on the way their identities define themselves one against the other, often in spite of their similarities.

German literature, culture and thought; and your growing familiarity with literature in German will add a dimension to your studies in the English Department which most of your fellow, monolingual students will lack. The German Studies programme is not an exclusively literary one, as it embraces many other areas of society, culture and history, from all of which you can select freely.

Your dual honours programme in German and English will also include a full year abroad, which can be spent at a German or German-speaking university or on work-placement (either in a commercial setting or as an assistant teacher).

The German-speaking cities offer a great range of literary facilities which you can enjoy; and, at your German university, you can include a option in English Literature (preferably studied in German!). If you choose a work-placement, you can research a year-abroad project or dissertation on a literary topic, perhaps a comparative one.

Dual Honours German and English provide you with a combination of skills which is highly attractive in the modern world of work: the extensive training in analysis and analytical writing which comes with an Arts degree, and the foreign language talent and detailed experience of a foreign culture which few of your contemporaries possess.

Studying for a dual or combined degree with a modern language is a great way to distinguish yourself in the eyes of employers, and to open up whole new possibilities for your future life, close to home or further afield.

Dual honours German and English provide you with a combination of skills which is highly attractive in the modern world of work: the extensive training in analysis and analytical writing which comes with an Arts degree, and the foreign language talent and detailed experience of a foreign culture which few of your contemporaries possess.

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 AAB including English Literature or English Language & Literature and either German or another foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB including English Literature or English Language & Literature and either German or another foreign language + B*. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, 6 in Higher Level English Literature or English Language & Literature and either German or another foreign language
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject with 16 units at Distinction + an appropriate German or other foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 including English Literature or English Language & Literature and German or another foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AB in English Literature or English Language & Literature and German or another foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA including English Literature OR English Language & Literature and German or another foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *Applicants not presenting English Literature or English Language & Literature may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film) can be demonstrated
  • 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.

School of English website

Department of Germanic Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Studying Poetry
Studying Prose

Optional modules:

Beginners' German I
Beginners' German II
Celtic Languages and Literatures: an Introduction
Critical Contexts: Interpreting Literature
Darwin, Marx, Freud
Early American Literature
Early Englishes
Foundations in Literary Study: Biblical and Classical Sources in English Literature
History of English
Hollywood Cinema
Introduction to Cinema
Introduction to Creative Writing
Practical Stylistics
Studying Theatre: A History of Dramatic Texts in Performance
German Studies - Aufbaukurs
German Studies - Basiskurs

Second year

Optional modules:

Adaptation: Theory and Practice
America in the 1960s
Creative Writing Poetry 2
Criticism and Literary Theory
Dutch Intermediate
German Culture and Ideas from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
Germanic Languages in Social Context
Good Books: Intertextual Approaches to Literature and the Bible
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Introduction to Middle English
Introduction to Modern Irish
Introduction to Old English
Literary Mad Scientists: From Frankenstein to Einstein
Love and Death: The Films of Woody Allen
Post-War British Realist Cinema
Radical Theory
Renaissance Literature
Representing the Holocaust
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
Secrets and Lies:Victorian Life-Writing
Storying Sheffield
The History of Persuasion
The Postcolonial Bildungsroman
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
Afro-American Literature 1: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
America and the Avant-Garde, 1950's-1990's
Byron and Shelley
Contemporary Literature
Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Creative Writing Poetry 3
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
Dutch Advanced
Dutch Intermediate
Dutch Language and Culture for Specialists
Fin de siècle Gothic
German for Enterprise
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Modern German Thought
Modern Literature
No Animals were Harmed in the Making of this Module: Animals in Film
Other Theatres
Project Module
Romantic and Victorian Poetry
Romantic and Victorian Prose
Sappho's Granddaughters: Poetry by Women 1789-1901
Sex and Decadence in Restoration Theatre
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
The Brontës
The GDR: From Utopia to Nostalgia
The Idea of America
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock's Films
Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama
War on Screen
Women Playwrights on the International Stage: 1880s-1930s
Writing Fiction
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.

Scheduled teaching 18%
Independent study 75%
Placement 7%

Exams/tests 30%
Coursework 60%
Practical 10%

School of English

Jessop West

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

Department of Germanic Studies

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

What our graduates do

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Others apply the transferable skills they have acquired in many different sectors. Their job titles include Radio Presenter, Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Copywriter, Language Assistant, Marketing Officer, TV Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Press Assistant, Learning Disabilities Key Worker, Informatics Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Brand Manager, Audit Associate, HR Assistant, Assistant Export Administrator, Public Relations Account Executive, and Pastoral Support Worker.

Some graduates stay on for postgraduate study. Approximately half of students taking a masters course choose to study aspects of English in greater depth. Other choices for further study include journalism, law conversion courses, human resources and other types of management.

Student profile

"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

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