What will I learn?
This course enables you to devote equal time to German and Linguistics enabling you to pursue your interest in language acquisition, sociolinguistics and intercultural communication, while developing your language skills and cultural understanding. You will spend 50% of your time on Linguistics and 50% of your time studying German but 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.
Within the Centre for Applied Linguistics, you’ll 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’ll also 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 second 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.
Modules taken in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures will develop your language skills and allow you to learn more about the culture, politics, history and society of the German-speaking world. 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 the following year. Your year abroad is normally spent in year 3, 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.
How will I learn?
You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week. We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.
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 a year of your course abroad, normally in year 3. 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 a modern or classical language
International Baccalaureate: 36 points including a modern or classical language
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 graduates work for organisations including: United Nations, the Ministry of Defence, British Airways, BBC Sussex, Nestle.Job roles include: Lead European marketer, Freelance translator & Editor, German Language Teacher, Project Controller, European Graduate trainee, Events Assistant.
FRENCH STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS (R1Q1)
ITALIAN STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS (R3Q1)
HISPANIC STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS (R4Q1)
MODERN LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS (R9Q1)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS (Q311)
LINGUISTICS WITH ARABIC STUDIES (Q2T6)
LINGUISTICS WITH CHINESE STUDIES (Q2T1)
LINGUISTICS WITH FRENCH STUDIES (Q2R1)
LINGUISTICS WITH GERMAN STUDIES (Q2R2)
LINGUISTICS WITH ITALIAN STUDIES (Q2R3)
LINGUISTICS WITH HISPANIC STUDIES (Q2R4)
LINGUISTICS WITH JAPANESE STUDIES (Q2T2)
LINGUISTICS WITH PORTUGUESE STUDIES (Q2R5)
LINGUISTICS WITH RUSSIAN STUDIES (Q2R7)
GERMAN STUDIES R220 BA/Ger4
ENGLISH AND GERMAN LITERATURE QR32 BA/EGe
FRENCH AND GERMAN STUDIES RR12 BA/FrGe
GERMAN AND BUSINESS STUDIES RN21 BA/GeBS4
GERMAN STUDIES AND ECONOMICS R2L1
GERMAN AND HISTORY RV21 BA/GH
GERMAN AND THEATRE STUDIES RW24 BA/GeThS
GERMAN WITH FRENCH R2R1 BA/GewFr
GERMAN WITH ITALIAN R2R3 BA/GewIt
GERMAN WITH SPANISH R2R4 BA/GewSp
GERMAN WITH FILM STUDIES R2P3 BA/GeFS
FRENCH STUDIES WITH GERMAN R1R2 BA/FrwGe
GERMAN STUDIES AND ITALIAN RR23 BA/GeIt
HISPANIC STUDIES AND GERMAN RR42 BA/HSGr
HISPANIC STUDIES WITH GERMAN RR4F BA/HSwGr
ITALIAN WITH GERMAN R3R2 BA/ItwGe
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WITH GERMAN N1R2 BSc
LAW WITH GERMAN LAW M10C BA
POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND GERMAN (M164)
A level: AAB, including a modern or classical language
IB: 36 points, including a modern or classical language
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
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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 2018 entry.