German / Mathematics

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 112

  • Course Length

    4 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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By studying German/Mathematics, at Aberystwyth University, you will become an all-around 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 innovative learning environment which will enable you to reach your full potential. 

The combination of German with Mathematics allows you to develop the skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of French Studies (NSS 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Iberian Studies (NSS 2021)

Top in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Mathematics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

92% overall satisfaction for the Department of Mathematics (NSS 2021)


Why study German/ Mathematics at Aberystwyth University?

  • 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 experience a stimulating degree.
  • 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 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.

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.


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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
German Language Advanced GE19930 30
Beginners German 1 GE11120 20
Beginners German 2 GE11020 20
Algebra * MA10510 10
Calculus * MP10610 10
Further Algebra and Calculus * MP11010 10
Mathematical Analysis * MA11110 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Coordinate and Vector Geometry * MA10110 10
Differential Equations * MA11210 10
Probability * MA10310 10
Statistics * MA11310 10
Exploring German Cultural Identity GE10810 10
Introduction to European Film EL10520 20
Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe EL10820 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Complex Analysis * MA21510 10
Linear Algebra * MA21410 10
German Language GE20130 30


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Extended Essay Module EL20510 10
German-speaking Refugees from National Socialism in the UK GE27220 20
Short Prose in German GE27110 10
The Language of German Drama GE29120 20
Applied Statistics MA26620 20
Distributions and Estimation MA26010 10
Introduction to Abstract Algebra MA20310 10
Real Analysis * MA20110 10
Advanced Dynamics MA25710 10
Hydrodynamics 1 MA25610 10
Introduction to Numerical Analysis and its applications * MA25220 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits MAS0060 60
Year Abroad Assessment GES0060 60


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
German Language GE30130 30


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

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


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.

Learning & Teaching

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:

  • oral
  • written
  • aural
  • translation.

In the first year you will discover:

  • an 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:

  • the possibility of an independent research project
  • the option of specialised languages modules (the language of business etc.)
  • analysis and partial differential equations
  • abstract and linear algebra
  • statistical modeling
  • 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 a 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 German.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 112

A Levels BBB-BBC to include B in Mathematics and B in German (unless to be studied as a beginner)

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B in A level Mathematics and B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

International Baccalaureate:
30-26 with 5 points in Mathematics and German at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Mathematics and German

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact

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