Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code R2R9
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Germanic Studies Dutch

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Department of Germanic Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 4396
Email slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/german/undergraduates

Department of Germanic Studies

97% overall satisfaction
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

Each year, about a third of your time is devoted to Dutch. You spend half your third year in a German-speaking country; the other half in the Netherlands or another country where Dutch is spoken.

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.

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 language training becomes more advanced. Option modules include topics from linguistics, literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

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

Throughout the course, you'll get expert training in Dutch. You will also study the culture, history and society of the Netherlands and Flanders.

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

Core modules:

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

Optional modules:

Dutch Intermediate
Beginners Dutch 1
Beginners Dutch 2

Second year

Core modules:

German Language (Continuation)
German Language (Foundation)
History of Dutch Language
Literature in Dutch 1

Optional modules:

Dutch Advanced
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)
Freud's Theory in Literary and Cultural Studies
German Film and Society
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:

Dutch Sociolinguistics
German Core Language
Literature in Dutch II

Optional modules:

Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
Dutch Advanced
Dutch Language and Culture for Specialists
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 22%
Independent study 66%
Placement 13%

Assessment
Exams/tests 37%
Coursework 50%
Practical 14%

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

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

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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