Tourism Management / German

Tourism Management / German Code NR82

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Tourism is reputed to be the world's biggest industry which is constantly evolving to reflect the needs of the world around us. The BSc Tourism / German will enable you to explore the exciting and dynamic tourism industry while improving your fluency in the German  language. The combination of Tourism Management and German will open many opportunities post-graduation. Asa popular European destination, Tourism and German complement each other. At Aberystwyth University, you will study in a place where tourism helps a vibrant community thrive. During the four year degree at Aberystwyth University, you will focus on your language development and have the opportunity to study or work in Germany or a German speaking country. Scroll down for more information.

Course Overview

Why study Tourism / German at Aberystwyth University?

By choosing to study the BSc Tourism / German with us you will explore the development, operation and impacts of both domestic and international tourism. Your studies will focus on contemporary issues facing the industry including changing market trends and the fast-growing adventure sector; challenges facing destinations, how to manage tourism in a more sustainable manner, and how to effectively market the sector using contemporary methods. 

Our Tourism and German degree scheme is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI). This means that you can be confident the course will provide you with knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare them for a career in tourism destination management. A key feature of the degree scheme is that alongside classroom-based learning there are regular day and overnight field visits both in the UK and overseas which enable you to explore tourism in practice as part of the learning process. 

Finally, a wide range of student assessments including the production of a business plan, web pages, field research, critical reviews, presentations and reflection develop your professional skills base and competence which are further complemented by the transferrable professional skills developed in other core modules.

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.


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
Fundamentals of Management and Business * AB15120 20
Marketing Principles and Contemporary Practice AB17120 20
Principles of Tourism Management AB19120 20


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


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Adventure Tourism AB29220 20
Destination and Attraction Management * AB29120 20
International Tourism in Practice AB29320 20
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


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits MMS0000
Intercalary Year Dissertation GES0000


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Sustainable Tourism AB39120 20
Tourism Development and Planning AB39320 20
Tourism Marketing AB39220 20
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


A degree in Tourism / German from Aberystwyth University opens up many exciting opportunities once you've completed your degree.  Whether you want to be a manager of a luxury hotel, a destination marketer in one of the world's largest cities, manage a top travel agency. be in charge of a Michelin star restaurant in Germany, or start your own sightseeing tour business, these possibilities can become a reality. 

 What skills will I acquire from this degree?

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

  • Ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data;
  • Ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
  • Effective problem-solving;
  • Analytical and creative thinking skills;
  • Decision-making;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance;
  • Team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

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. 

Course Content

What will you learn?

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

In the first year you may discover:

  • Principles of Tourism Management; 
  • German language (oral, aural, translation and writing); 
  • Management;
  • Finance;
  • European Culture and Politics; 
  • German literature and film;
  • Tourism.

In the second year you may explore:

  • Destination attraction management; 
  • Management research methods;
  • German language (oral, aural, translation and writing); 
  • Adventure tourism; 
  • International tourism in practice; 
  • Research methods. 

In the third year you may study,  you will embark on your year abroad, which can be sent studying in one of partnered German universities, or embark on a year undertaking a work placement in a German speaking country. Other opportunities include the British Council English Language Assistantship Programme, where you will assist in the English Language development within a primary or secondary school in Germany or a German speaking country. 

In your final year you may: 

  • Sustainable tourism; 
  • Tourism development and planning; 
  • German language (oral, aural, translation and writing); 
  • TESOL; 
  • Choose from a range of modules ranging from Literature, Film, Culture, Business; 
  • Tourism marketing; 
  • Dissertation. 

How will I be taught? 

Our students are taught through lectures, small-group seminars, and tutorials.

We assess our students through examinations, assessed essays, projects, reports, reflective diaries, portfolios, and presentations. The coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present an argument clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentations skills.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your time at Aberystwyth University. This person will assist you with all matters relating to academic and non-academic. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

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

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

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

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in German at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in 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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