Why study German and Linguistics at Warwick?
- Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
- The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction. Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
- You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
- the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply)
- the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.
Dr Jim Jordon
Centre for Applied Linguistics student
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
Germany has always been at the heart of the European intellectual tradition and is now the driving force of its economy and the EU. Our modules reflect the range and diversity of Germany’s culture, history and society. Intensive language work from advanced or beginner level opens up the richness of German language and cultural life, enabling you to graduate as a highly qualified linguist with intercultural skills and a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Germany’s past and present.
Core modules that focus on aspects of German culture, society, literature, film and history in your first year feed into a range of themed options in your intermediate year. Although it is possible to go abroad in second year, you will normally spend the third year of your course abroad, either as a language assistant or working or studying at one of our partner universities (including Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Dresden and many more). We hold a residential course in Germany, open to all of our students on their year abroad. In the final year, we offer research-led modules taught by experts in their field and supported by the wealth of material in our Transnational Resource Centre.
Find out more about the degree structure and modules available via the department website.
Linguistics is the study of how language works. In the first year you will learn how language is structured (syntax), how we use it to construct meaning (semantics), how context contributes to meaning (pragmatics) and the part that sounds and sound patterns play (phonetics and phonology). You will have the chance to explore examples from different cultural, historical and linguistic contexts and to develop practical analytical skills.
If you choose to spend half of your time on Linguistics, in the first year you will also study a module on Language in Society. This will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity and you will study issues related to language and media, politics and education.
In your intermediate year you will focus on developing further your skills and knowledge about language and the tools which enable you to collect data about language use. If you choose to spend 50% of your time on Linguistics, you will also develop further your knowledge of the social contexts of language, on how we acquire language and you will learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts.
In the final year you can develop a research project and /or have the opportunity to study option modules that match your own interests.
How will I learn?
Teaching approaches depend on the kind of material to be covered, but will usually involve a combination of lectures, seminars, lab-based language classes and reading groups. Language learning relies heavily on small group teaching by core staff, native speakers and government-sponsored lectors. You can expect around 10-12 hours of teaching per week. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, writing essays and working on your language skills.
On the German and Linguistics course you will study 50% German and 50% Linguistics. After beginning the course, you may be able to transfer to German with Linguistics, which would enable you to study 75% German and 25% Linguistics.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You will spend the second or third year of your course abroad. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through our study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. In some countries is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.
A level AAB including German
International Baccalaureate: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level German.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with 'non-standard' qualifications.
Department offer holder days Candidates will be invited to one of four departmental offer-holder Open Days once they have been offered a place. Open Days take place during the spring term.
Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring German language, culture, society and history, as well as Linguistics.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in German Studies lead to?
Our Modern Languages graduates have advanced linguistic skills, excellent intercultural awareness and highly
developed transferable skills, which are extremely sought after by employers.
Our graduates have entered fields as diverse as the media, the United Nations, company management, accountancy and finance, media and publishing, teaching, translating/interpreting, the civil service, law, travel and tourism, and arts and events management. Others choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
Some of our recent graduate destinations include Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; Customer Care
Professional – German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.
A level: AAB, including German
IB: 36 points, including 5 in Higher Level German
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.