Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RL22
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Germanic Studies Politics

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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.

Our Department of Politics is the UK's No1 for research. You'll take at least three politics modules each year. Topics include political analysis and comparative politics. In the final year you'll carry out your own research project, supervised by a member of staff.

In the first year you'll begin advanced practice in spoken and written German. You will also study contemporary German society 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.

In the final year your advanced language training continues. 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*
Other qualifications GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
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

Course information on Department of Politics website

First year

Optional modules:

Beginners' German I
Beginners' German II
Comparing Modern Polities
Consensus, Crisis and Coalition: Introduction to British Politics
Introduction to Political Analysis
Introduction to Security Studies
Introduction to Western Political Thought
The Politics of Globalisation
Aufbausprachkurs
German Studies - Aufbaukurs
German Studies - Basiskurs
Grundsprachkurs

Second year

Optional modules:

Comparative Politics: Citizens, States, Power, and Protest
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Contemporary Security Challenges
Contemporary US Foreign Policy
Development
Dutch Intermediate
German Culture and Ideas from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
Germanic Languages in Social Context
International Relations Theory
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Never Mind the Ballots! State and Society in the UK Today
Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis
Political Theory in Practice
The Global Political Economy
The Politics and Government of the European Union
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:

Explaining Politics
German Core Language

Optional modules:

Dissertation (Work Related)
Dissertation in Political Analysis
Dissertation in Politics
Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Beastly Politics: Animals, Ethics and Public Policy
Beastly Politics: Animals, Ethics and Public Policy Project
Britain and the European Union
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony: Project
Cold War Culture
Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
Dissertation
Dutch Advanced
Dutch Intermediate
Dutch Language and Culture for Specialists
Elections and Voting
German Politics: Domestic Contestation and Global Impact
German for Enterprise
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Liberalism and its Critics
Modern German Thought
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics Project
Parliamentary Studies
Parliamentary Studies Project
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns Project
Peacekeeping, State-Building and International Intervention Project
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Politics and the Quality of Life
Practical Politics: How to Make Policy and Influence People
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
State Failure
Terrorism, Violence and the State
Terrorism, Violence and the State Project
The Ethics of Political Leadership
The GDR: From Utopia to Nostalgia
The Political Economy of Africa
The Political Economy of Africa Project
The Politics of Asylum
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 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 16%
Independent study 78%
Placement 6%

Assessment
Exams/tests 32%
Coursework 60%
Practical 8%

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

Department of Politics

Sheffield is simply one of the best places in the UK to study politics. The Times University Guide 2016 puts us in the top five.

The high profile Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is based here. So is the Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics.

Our 43 academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research. Their research shapes nand inspires what you're taught, so what you learn is relevant today and tomorrow. You'll be taught by inspirational award-winning lecturers, who bring passion to their teaching. By studying with us you'll develop the intellectual, professional and personal skills you need to excel in your chosen career.

Our teaching style brings politics to life, bridging the gap between theory and practice. We launched an undergraduate module that's formally accredited and co-taught by the House of Commons. It was the first of its kind in the UK and has since been rolled out all over the world.

Department of Politics 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



"The most exciting thing I've learnt about so far was where we did a module which compared the political systems of the UK, USA, France, Germany, Russia and Brazil."

Jonathan Guy
Politics

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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