German Studies

German Studies is renowned for its high standards of teaching and research and with an annual intake of some 50 undergraduates we are one of the largest in the UK with a 100% student satisfaction rate in the 2014 National Student Survey.

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At the same time, however, we have remained a close-knit community which attaches great importance to friendly and informal relations between staff and students. Regular events include an annual pub quiz, and students are invited to attend research seminars. We also award a number of prizes in recognition of student achievement.

Although we have particular strengths in the twentieth century, the staff have teaching and research interests in the culture, politics, history and language of the German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the present day. We offer an exceptionally broad and flexible curriculum, with specialist options in translation, German politics, history and culture since the Middle Ages, business German, linguistics and the history of the German language. Whilst many of our students have studied German before they come to Birmingham, we also offer an intensive course in Beginners' German.

Over 75% of research in the Department of Modern Languages has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This is the result of the national Research Excellence Framework exercise, which assessed research publications and the public impact of research carried out in all universities in the UK 2008-2014.