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By studying German at Birmingham (from Beginners or Advanced level) you will achieve a high standard of fluency in spoken and written German. You will develop the analytical skills that will enable you to explore, in depth, some of the many areas - literary, political and cultural - in which German-speaking countries have contributed to European life. A particular strength is the range and coverage that we offer: literature, history, linguistics, politics, business German, and cinema, ranging from the study of the very earliest forms of German to the present.
Geography at Birmingham combines a sound academic training with an insight into practical, social, economic and environmental issues. Refine perspectives and develop skills in a programme that encourages the use of imagination and observation to resolve real problems affecting people and environments. Our modular structure allows maximum flexibility in developing your own interests.
The degree programme is four years in length and you will spend your third year abroad.
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Why study this course
- Outstanding staff: Students give our staff excellent ratings: 94% of Geography and 92% of German Studies students agreeing that they are satisfied with the quality of their degree. Great teaching helps our students develop to their full academic potential. Our staff produce high quality research which directly influences their teaching.
- Superb employability rates: Amongst our students who graduated in July 2013, 87% of both Modern Languages and Geography students and were in work or further study 6 months after graduation – 85% of those were in professional or managerial roles. We put an emphasis on small group teaching and encourage student participation. We produce confident, articulate graduates who are enthused by their subject and who benefit from excellent possibilities for employment in the UK and beyond. Visit our employability page to find out more.
- Broad curriculum: You will benefit from an exceptionally broad and flexible curriculum. Choose from a wealth of German Studies modulescovering history, politics, culture, society, business, skills such as translation and so on, and Geography modules covering all aspects of human, environmental and physical geography and specialist techniques such as computer cartography.
- Travel opportunities: All our language degrees involve time abroad – whether that’s on the European Cultural Tours, Geography field trips or your Year Abroad, when you can choose to study, teach or work in another country.
- Active student language societies: Join one of our language student societies or our student magazine The UoB Linguist to develop your language skills outside your teaching, make new friends who share your passion for languages and attend interesting and diverse extra-curricular events.
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Joint honours open day talk
[Video above - Dr Craig Blunt delivers an undergraduate open day talk about studying Joint Honours at the University]
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
German: You embark upon a structured language course that leads you by stages from what you have learned at school or college up to final degree level. Those taking German from beginners level will take alternative intensive language modules. You are also introduced to German literature, history and linguistics (both contemporary and historical).
Geography: The modular structure allows you maximum flexibility in developing your own interests without channelling you into decisive choices too early. In the first year you will be exposed to the main principles of human and physical geography, to global environmental issues, and various practical skills. You will also explore contemporary urban issues using Birmingham as a real-world laboratory. The first semester includes residential fieldwork in human and physical geography.
German: As well as continuing to develop your language skills, you also study special topics chosen from a wide range of courses in the fields of German literature, film and theatre, gender studies, history, society, politics, culture and linguistics.
Geography: You are now introduced to specialist techniques such as computer cartography and the use of databases and spreadsheets. You learn how to develop a research proposal, which may be the starting point for your dissertation in the final year. Training in more advanced fieldwork skills is provided by courses held in European centres. You also choose from optional modules in many different branches of Geography.
The third year is normally spent following a programme of study at one of our many partner universities in Germany or Austria.
German: The fourth and final year of your degree consists of an advanced practical language element (oral work, translation both into and out of German and essay writing in German). Students that entered the course at both Beginners and Advanced Level will now be taught together. You will also take a number of optional courses in German literature (both modern and medieval), history, society, politics, philosophy, linguistics and philology.
Geography: In your final year you select from a wide range of modules that provide the more specialised knowledge and skills in the areas of Geography that appeal to you.
Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB
Required subjects and grades: A level Geography grade A. German can be studied post A level or from beginners
International baccalaureate update
Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
Applicants should normally be able to demonstrate some previous experience in learning a modern language.
We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
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