German / Mathematics

Key Facts

Code GR12
  • Typical A-level offer

    ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics. B in German unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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By studying German/ Mathematics at Aberystwyth University you will become an all-round expert in many aspects of Germany and other German-speaking countries and simultaneously explore the language of mathematics which underpins much of the modern world. Both departments aim to create a friendly, open and welcoming environment which students are able to reach their full potential.  The combination of German with Mathematics allows you to develop the skills that are highly sought after by employers. 

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of German (NSS 2016)

Department of Mathematics: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

94% of undergraduates from the Department of Mathematics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Modern Languages: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Department of Modern Languages who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning


Why study German/ Mathematics at Aberystwyth University?

  • In the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), we are ranked in the top 10 for German studies in the UK (NSS, 2016).
  • Uncover a discipline that combines the identification and analysis of shapes and patterns with the ability to confidently analyse data.
  • We offer our students 4 hours of language work per week (most universities offer 2-3 hours).
  • You will be taught by native speakers and experts in the languages of the department.
  • Mathematics has been taught at Aberystwyth University since 1872, making the university the first in Wales to teach these subjects. Our established heritage alongside our strong research based teaching has ensured all our students that our degrees are innovating and a stimulating learning experience and not out of a dusty old text book. 
  • Our students have a vast range of choices for their year abroad, where students can choose from work placements to study placements.
  • We are an exceptionally friendly department, and our students benefit from the close contact with teaching staff.
  • Students can benefit from our interactive learning facilities which include the Language Resource Centre.
Our Staff

All lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. The majority have a postgraduate teaching qualification and new staff are required to complete the PGCTHE. The department also employs a number of part time tutors, with extensive teaching experience, and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  



What can I do with a German and Mathematics degree?

Our graduates have found employment in the following sectors:

  • Statistical consultancy
  • Teaching
  • Accountancy and banking
  • Risk analysis, and actuarial work
  • Financial management and investment analysis
  • Information technology and data science
  • Interpretation/ Translation
  • Marketing and Communications

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in German and Maths will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form

• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills

• the ability to work independently

• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

• self-motivation and self-reliance

• team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

• research skills

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:





In the first year you will discover:

  • Introduction to literary studies and civilisation
  • European Film
  • Algebra and calculus
  • Geometry
  • Differential probability and statistics.
  • Politics and culture of language across Europe

In your second year you will explore:

  • Possibility of independent research project
  • Option of specialised languages modules (language of business etc.)
  • Analysis and partial differential equations
  • Abstract and linear algebra
  • Statistical modelling
  • Hydrodynamics.
  • A vast choice of content modules on literature, film and art
  • German literature and short prose
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages

In your third year, you will take part in your Year Abroad where you will study with our partner Universities under the Erasmus + Programme

In your final year, you will study:

  • Semantics and Lexicography
  • Cultural and Artistic Movements
  • German literature in the 20th Century
  • Current issues in a German speaking country
  • A compulsory independent research project

How will I be taught?

Our students are taught through the medium of lectures, seminars and language workshops

We assess our students in variety of ways depending on the modules. In our language classes you will be assessed through continuous assessments and an exam at the end of Year 1 and Year 4. Our elective and compulsory modules are assessed through coursework in the format of a presentation and/ or essay and an examination.

Your progress will be regularly monitored through tutorial consultations and with the Personal Development Portfolio (PDP). In your last year, in order to prepare you for life after university, the PDP is replaced by writing a CV and cover letter in French.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics. B in German unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with A/B in A level Mathematics and specified subject

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points with 4-5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level and with 5 points in German at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
70% overall with 75% in Mathematics and with 70% in German unless to be studied as a beginner

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact

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