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German with Business and Management

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Key Facts

Code R2N1
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in German unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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In choosing to study the German with Business and Management Degree at Aberystwyth University you will be preparing yourself for the perfect introduction business but with the additional language skills to further enhance your prospects and employability. With leading subject experts teaching you a range of business and management disciplines that includes Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship amongst others, you will benefit from the small tutorial sizes, business links, and opportunities that the Business and Management Degree provides to you.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Department of Modern Languages: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Languages  (NSS 2018)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Aberystwyth Business School: 91% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why should you choose to study German with Business Management?

  • To enable you to take the combination of subjects that best suits your interests and requirements, the University offers a wide range of Major/Minor combinations. Major/Minor degrees enable you to study two subjects, but devote 2/3 of your time to one of them. If a language is studied as a Major or Minor element, the degree is a four-year scheme.
  • German, with over 90 million speakers, is the language of the greatest economic power in Europe. Skills in German are therefore vital to the UK’s economic, political and strategic interests and German graduates are in demand by employers. Whilst you will acquire the same skills as other Arts graduates, you will have one major advantage compared to other students: you will have lived independently in a foreign country, and have learnt the important social skill of intercultural communication. Employers value the independence, the social confidence and the high level of linguistic skill acquired during this time.
  • The Department of Modern Languages offers a range of attractive degree schemes which will equip you not only with a high level of linguistic competence but also provide you with a sound knowledge of the culture within which the language or languages you are studying is/are used. During your time as a student you will be able to choose from a range of modules which appeal to a variety of interests. The Department is relatively small and this means that staff and students form a close-knit and friendly community. Many of the modules relate to staff research interests and you will benefit from being taught by staff who are experts in their fields and who are active members of national and international research communities.
  • Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.
Our Staff

All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Environment * MM11220 20
German Language (Beginners) GE10740 40
German Language Advanced GE19930 30
Introduction to Management * MM11020 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Exploring German Cultural Identity GE10810 10
Introduction to European Film EL10520 20
Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe EL10820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Firms, Markets and Pricing MM33220 20
German Language GE20130 30
Organisational Behaviour * MM33120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Short Prose in German GE27110 10
The Language of German Drama GE29120 20
Extended Essay Module EL20510 10
German-speaking Refugees from National Socialism in the UK GE27220 20
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1 IC21820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Year Abroad Assessment GES0080 80

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Business Leadership and Corporate Responsibility MM34220 20
Business Strategy * MM34020 20
German Language GE30130 30

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Autobiography and Life Writing in German GE37020 20
Contemporary German Politics * GE31110 10
Dissertation EL30120 20
Extended Essay Module EL30510 10
German-speaking Refugees from National Socialism in the UK GE37220 20
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2 IC31920 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

 

What can I do with a degree in German with Business Management?

Our graduates have entered and are successful in a number of sectors:

  • Chartered Accountancy;
  • Investment Banking;
  • Insurance;
  • Underwriting;
  • Risk Management;
  • Marketing Management;
  • Retail Management;
  • Distribution and Logistics Management.

What skills will I obtain from this degree? 

Studying our degree in German with Business Management will equip you with the following skills:

  • Understanding of organisational behaviour and structure;
  • Improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data;
  • Deep understanding of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes;
  • The ability to communicate clearly in a written and spoken form;
  • Effective problem solving;
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills;
  • Decision-making;
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team; 
  • Time-Management and organisational skills;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance.

What work experience opportunities exist at Aberystwyth University? 

Discover more about the various employment opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

  • What will I learn?

German is available both for beginners and advanced students. Beginners follow an intensive course in the first year including guided and independent work in the Language Resource Centre. In the second year beginners and advanced students are taught together.

  • In your first year of the Business and Management side of the course, you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of management and to an understanding of the business context in which they need to be applied, both in your studies and in your future career. You will learn about the dynamics of the modern business environment, the use of financial and accounting information in management decisions at operational and strategic levels, marketing principles and the relationship between management and organisation. No prior knowledge of business is assumed nor is necessary. Whether you're starting this course as a beginners in German or continuing from your A level (or equivalent level), you will 4 hours of time-tabled linguistic classes which include oral, listening, reading/writing and translation. You will also have the option to select our multiple European modules which include linguistics, language, culture and identity, film and literature.
  • In the second year you will explore organisational behaviour and theory, human resource management, the theories and techniques of operations management, and market structures and pricing strategies. You will acquire the skills, analytical tools and techniques to identify and address problems and opportunities in business management and marketing. You will continue to expand and develop linguistic capabilities of the German language and as a department we offer you a range of optional modules that include German prose and literature.
  • In your third year, you will be expected to complete your year abroad where you could opt to study in one of our partnered Universities which include Heidelberg, Dusseldorf, Leipzig, Salzburg and Marburg. Some students even opt to undertake a paid or unpaid work experience placement.
  • In your final year, you will study business strategy and how it functions within the wider internal and external business environment. You will also gain an understanding of current management thinking from both practical and theoretical perspectives. A compulsory independent research project provides the opportunity for you to specialize in a particular aspect of business management or marketing, while further developing your analytical, research and communication skills. Optional modules will allow you to direct your learning in your preferred direction.

How will I be taught?

We teach our students through a range of lectures, seminars, workshops and small group based classes for the scheduled language classes.

In the Department of Modern Languages, we assess our students through assignments, exams, mid-term home and in-class assessments. Aberystwyth Business School also assess students through a range of methods which include exams, course work, essays to name a few.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in German unless to be studied as a beginner

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in German at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
68% with 70% in German unless to be studied as a beginner

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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