School of Language & Literature - University of Aberdeen

German Studies

School of Language & Literature - University of Aberdeen
In Aberdeen

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Aberdeen (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years

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Aberdeen (Aberdeen City)
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High Street, Taylor Building, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UB


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· Requirements

There is no formal requirement for entry to the German beginners' course. A pass in German at SQA Higher, GCE A Level or equivalent is necessary for entry to the German non-beginners course

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Course programme

Programme Structure & Content

Courses are available from first to fourth year. There is an Honours degree and a Designated degree in German.

First & Second Year

German for Beginners provides an intensive introduction to the German language for students with no previous knowledge of German, or with qualifications beneath Higher or A Level standard. This course may be taken alone or in combination with courses on social, political and cultural aspects of the German-speaking countries. Students who successfully complete this course may proceed to Level 2 courses and thereafter to Honours.

For students with a Higher or A-Level qualification in German, German Language courses deal with advanced aspects of German grammar and vocabulary, designed to improve students' command of both written and spoken German. Courses on modern German culture provide lectures on political, social, and cultural matters of the German-speaking countries in the twentieth century, together with the study of modern German texts.

Third & Fourth Year (Honours)

Beyond second year, students have considerable flexibility in putting a programme together from a variety of modules. Courses currently on offer include:

  • Berlin, City of the Twentieth Century
  • Images of Childhood in German Literature
  • The 20th Century German Novel
  • National Socialism
  • Opposing Movements: Classicism and Romanticism
  • Film and Text

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching is generally in small groups (seminars/tutorials), especially for language classes. Assessment is by a mixture of continuous assessment and oral and written examination. Students have approximately 4 hours of taught classes per week in first year. This rises to approximately 10-12 hours per week for Single Honours students in third and fourth year.

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Comments: Joint Honours Programmes With: Accountancy, Anthropology, Celtic Civilisation, Divinity, Economics, Education, English, Film & Visual Culture, Finance, French, Gaelic Studies, Geography, Hispanic Studies, History, History of Art, International Relations, Language & Linguistics, Legal Studies, Literature in a World Context, Management Studies, Mathematics*, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology. * SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Mathematics is required. Major-Minor Programmes With: Music Studies.
Career opportunities: Graduates are valued for their subject knowledge, including an excellent command of spoken and written German, and also for the transferable skills that a degree in German from Aberdeen offers. Aberdeen German graduates have an excellent employment record in a great variety of occupations as teachers, interpreters, translators, librarians, import and export managers and accountants. They also work in banking, insurance, tourism, publishing and advertising and the civil service. Quite a number of the Department's graduates have challenging and well-paid jobs with the EU or with firms in Europe.

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