Guide to Studying German

By Olga, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, and Senior Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University.

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German Studies and Politics is
a related course option

What is German?

  • Studying towards a German degree gives you the opportunity to acquire both high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of German culture and society within a global context.
  • Courses will place emphasis on practical language work and communication skills, with opportunities to study aspects of the culture, thought, society and institutions of the country in question.

Specific or general skills developed

  • Graduates develop skills in organisational understanding and cultural sensitivity and many go on to further study or become teachers, either of foreign languages in this country or of English abroad.
  • There are also interesting career opportunities for those with good language skills across many industry sectors.

Coursework, assessments and exams

  • When studying towards a German degree, you are likely to be assessed by a mixture of coursework and exams.
  • Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations.
  • Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple-choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students will usually produce final year project reports and dissertations.

What degree can I get? 

What qualifications do I need?

  • A level German is required unless this is to be studied from beginners' level, in which case applicants will need either an AS level or GCSE in a foreign language.
  • Requirements vary with each university or course.

Use our Course Chooser to search through German courses.

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Some courses will teach you German from
beginners' level

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • Languages and Cultures : MA.
  • European Languages and Cultures : MPhil/PhD.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • The language and communication skills gained on this course enable graduates to find work in a wide variety of areas such as journalism, advertising, teaching, librarianship to accountancy and IT.
  • As well as language and subject related skills, a degree in Languages develops rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills that can be utilised across a variety of careers.
  • Many German graduates continue their studies at a higher level. A postgraduate degree opens up opportunities in higher education. A professional qualification can lead to a career in a specific area such as interpreting.