Dutch Studies

Spoken across the Netherlands, Flanders, Surinam and parts of the Caribbean, Dutch is consistently in the top five of languages most frequently requested by UK employers.

Boats on a Dutch canal

With around eighty students on our programmes, we are the largest Dutch section in the UK in terms of student numbers. This popularity is a testament to the lively, ambitious atmosphere; there is always something going on and you’ll quickly feel included and at home with us.

Find out more about Dutch at Sheffield


Undergraduate degree combinations

We try to be as flexible as possible, so you can study Dutch over a period of one, two, three or four years and you can start at either Beginner or Intermediate level. In addition to language, we offer a variety of modules on the history, culture and society of the Low Countries.

You can study Dutch language and culture as part of:

BA Modern Languages and Cultures

Within this degree you have two options:

  • Study Dutch combined with ONE other language and culture
  • Study Dutch combined with TWO other languages and cultures

Choose from these languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Catalan
  • Luxembourgish
  • Czech
  • Italian 

BA Modern Languages and cultures - 2020 entry

Dual Honours Degree

You can combine Dutch with the following non-language subjects:

  • Archaeology
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

You can even combine Dutch with a non-language subject plus another language.

Dual honours degrees


Course structure

Language Modules

At Sheffield you can start studying Dutch from scratch, meaning you need no previous knowledge of Dutch. If you already speak some Dutch you can skip the beginners programme and enter at an appropriate level.

All our language classes are informal and taught in small groups. The emphasis is always on real language in real situations. Right from the start of the course you will be encouraged to speak as much as possible; after all, the best way to learn is by doing.

Dutch Cultural Contexts

Depending on your degree programme you can also opt for Dutch Studies modules. This is the opportunity to put your language skills in the cultural context.

We offer courses on contemporary society, culture and literature of the Netherlands and Flanders. Our small groups teaching means that you have real influence on your course. Many of our courses are aimed at making the most of your position: as a (native) speaker of English you will be in a prime position to negotiate Dutch issues for a global audience.

Dutch as a guided module

You may also be able to study Dutch as part of guided module choice as long as you have some experience with modern language learning. You would be taking the language classes only and you are taught together with the other undergraduate students.


Module information

Dutch For Beginners 4 hours per week
2 semesters
20 credits
For this intensive beginners language course you will work for 4 hours a week in small groups. Dutch is an accessible Germanic language spoken by 24 million people. We will work on all aspects of language learning and and you will read your first short book in Dutch before Christmas. With a bit of effort and dedication you will reach a generous CEF level A2. Our students tend to really enjoy this course.
Dutch Intermediate Language 3 hours per week
2 semesters
20 credits
This Dutch Intermediate module builds on the language skills you have already acquired before coming to university. At the end of this course you can understand and speak Dutch in common social circumstances, read all but the most complicated Dutch text without difficulty (perhaps with the occasional help of your dictionary) and write Dutch texts in both formal and informal styles. We work around a number of cultural and everyday topics and our lively conversation classes are an integral part of the course. In terms of CEFR you will have attained at least level B1.
Born out of Revolt and Consensus
The making of contemporary Netherlands and Belgium
1 hour per week 
2 semesters
20 credits
In this module we cover the history and culture of the Low Countries. In our historical overview we visit cultural artefacts and 'windows on historical moments'. In the second semester you will pick your own topic to concentrate on.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is 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.

Information last updated: 26 November 2020


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