Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RV25
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Germanic Studies Philosophy

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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.

The philosophy side of the degree is flexible. There are no compulsory modules so you can shape your own course. We cover key areas such as ethics, philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, metaphysics and logic. We also teach courses on major figures, including German philosophers such as Kant and Hegel.

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 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 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*
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 Philosophy website

First year

Optional modules:

Beginners' German I
Beginners' German II
Matters of Life and Death
Mind, Brain and Personal Identity
Aufbausprachkurs
Death
Elementary Logic
Film and Philosophy
German Studies - Aufbaukurs
German Studies - Basiskurs
Grundsprachkurs
History of Ethics
History of Philosophical Ideas
Key Arguments
Knowledge, Justification and Doubt
Paradox and Plurality: Zeno to Aristotle
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Sex
Reason and Argument

Second year

Optional modules:

Dutch Intermediate
Ethics: Theoretical and Practical
Feminism
Formal Logic
German Culture and Ideas from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
Germanic Languages in Social Context
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Philosophy and Education
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of the Arts
Plato
Political Philosophy
Reference and Truth
Religion and the Good Life
The Rationalists
Theory of Knowledge
Topics in Ancient Philosophy
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 Logic
Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Aristotle
Cold War Culture
Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
Dissertation
Dutch Advanced
Dutch Intermediate
Dutch Language and Culture for Specialists
Epistemology
Feminism: Rationality and Politics
Free Will & Religion
German for Enterprise
Global Justice
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Metaphysics
Modern German Thought
Pain, Pleasure, and Emotions
Phenomenology
Philosophical Problems 1
Philosophical Problems 2
Philosophical Project 1
Philosophical Project 2
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Psychology
Plato's Symposium
Political Obligation
Practical Reason
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
The GDR: From Utopia to Nostalgia
The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Ethics
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 21%
Independent study 73%
Placement 6%

Assessment
Exams/tests 48%
Coursework 44%
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 Philosophy

We pride ourselves on our research-led teaching; our staff are among the best in the world at what they do. They're active researchers so your lectures and seminars are informed, relevant and exciting. We'll teach you how to think carefully, analytically and creatively.

The department is a community. We share a belief that our subject is relevant, even vital, to people outside the university. We run sessions on careers, so you're clear how your degree can make you an asset to an employer. Through projects like Philosophy in the City, you'll use what you learn to make a difference in the community.

And we look after each other. You'll get a personal adviser, a member of staff to guide you through your time here. You also have the option of a Philosophy Mentor, a second or third year student to support you during your first year.

Department of Philosophy 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


"Sheffield's fantastic because the lectures are really friendly and they're all really approachable, and there are loads of different ways to get involved apart from your lectures.""

Emma Shephard
Philosophy



"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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