Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code R2R3
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Germanic Studies Luxembourgish

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Admissions Tutor
Department of Germanic Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2864
Email slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/slc/undergraduate/courses/german

Department of Germanic Studies

97% overall satisfaction
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

Each year, about a third of your time is devoted to Luxembourg studies. You'll spend your third year studying or working in Germany (or Austria) and Luxembourg.

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.

Luxembourg is multilingual so you'll learn Luxembourgish and French as well as German. You're not expected to reach the same level of proficiency in all three languages.

Throughout the course, you'll study the culture and history of both countries; from their literature and cinema to their business and politics.

Modules: what you study and when

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 BBB typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBC typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 32, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDM + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher BBBBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+BB 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

First year

Optional modules:

Beginners' German I
Beginners' German II
Aufbausprachkurs
German Studies - Aufbaukurs
German Studies - Basiskurs
Grundsprachkurs

Second year

Optional modules:

Dutch Intermediate
German Culture and Ideas from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
Germanic Languages in Social Context
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
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

Optional modules:

Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Luxembourg Studies Year Abroad (Residency)
Luxembourg Studies Year Abroad (Residency)
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
German Core Language

Optional modules:

Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
German for Enterprise
Modern German Thought
The GDR: From Utopia to Nostalgia
Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama
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 course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 18%
Independent study 58%
Placement 25%

Assessment
Exams/tests 30%
Coursework 58%
Practical 12%

Department of Germanic Studies

Jessop West building

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

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


"The teaching is incredible. The lecturers are passionate and have a genuine, tangible and infectious love for what they do...It's a very inspiring environment to work in."

Cian Hurley
BA Modern Languages

You'll spend you 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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