Modern German Studies

Key Facts

Code R200
  • Typical A-level offer

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

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Modern German studies at Aberystwyth University incorporates German language, linguistics, modern literature, film, history, politics and cultural studies. If you wish to acquire a high level of competence in the German language, and gain a well-rounded understanding of the German-speaking countries, then our Modern German Studies will be the degree for you. 

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

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 Modern German Studies at Aberystwyth University?

  • Open to students who would like to commence studying German as well as those who are at advanced level. Beginners’-level students will follow an intensive course in the first year including guided and independent work in the Language Resource Centre.
  • Gain a high level of linguistic competence and a solid knowledge of the culture within which the language you are studying is used.
  • Excel with the four hours of intensive language classes per week: most universities only offer two or three. These classes will focus on the four key areas of linguistic development (written, aural, oral, translation).
  • Benefit from learning in a Department that enriches its students’ learning through  innovative and world-leading research.
  • By studying a language you are enhancing your career prospects as languages are highly sought after by employers.
  • You will have the opportunity to study or work in a German-speaking country during the third year of your degree.
Our Staff

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.  


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.


* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Employability is embedded into our teaching across the Department of Modern Languages. The Year Abroad is what makes our graduates stand out from the crowd. On successful completion of the Year Abroad, students return with an increased skill set, stronger language competencies and the ability to adapt to any situations. 

Our graduates have been successful in finding employment after graduation. Our graduates are successful in these fields (amongst others):

  • Translation and Interpreting 
  • Broadcasting 
  • Education 
  • Marketing 
  • Human Resources 
  • Website Development 
  • International Banking 
  • Civil Service

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various 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?

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

In every year you will take a core language module and a range of optional modules. The language modules will cover oral, aural and writing skills. Option modules in the first year may cover:

  • European Film
  • Language, Culture and Identity in Europe
  • German literature 

In your second year you may choose from:

  • Variation in the German Language
  • The Language of Economics in German
  • The Representation of Refugees in Literature and Culture
  • German Short Prose
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

In your third year, you will study or work in a German-speaking country under the Erasmus + programme. 

In your final year you may choose from:

  • An independent research project
  • German Politics
  • Language and Society in German-speaking Countries
  • Autobiographical and Life Writing in German 

How will I be taught?

A variety of teaching formats are used in class. Lectures will introduce you to topics, while in seminars you will be expected to participate in the discussion. 
You will be assessed in a variety of ways in your modules. You will have to give oral presentations, sit listening tests, write reports and undertake increasingly complex translations in language classes, as well as sit oral and written exams. In content modules, you might be asked to write an essay, undertake a research project, give an oral presentation, or sit an exam. 

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

UCAS Tariff:
104 - 112

International Students

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

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

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