Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

German Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: R210

What you'll study

In each year, you’ll undertake two core language modules, at either beginners/improvers or advanced level. 

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Skills for Communicating Cultures

  • Ideas and Identities

  • Spotlight on Language

  • Passport Languages

  • German Language 1 – Beginners and Improvers

  • German Language 1 – Advanced

  • German Language 2 – Beginners and Improvers

  • German Language 2 – Advanced

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Presenting and Representing the Past

  • Contemporary Cities: Migration, Place and Belonging

  • German Language 3

  • German Language 4

Optional modules

  • Understanding Languages in Context

  • Languages Guided Research Project

  • Introduction to Language Teaching

  • Language and the Mind

  • Trinity CertTESOL 1

  • Translation and Digital Culture

  • Passport Languages

Year abroad

* Modules are subject to availability

Your third year is spent living, and either studying or working in a German-speaking country. You can choose from a range of options: study at one of our partner universities, work as a British Council Teaching Assistant in Germany or Austria, or work in a commercial placement.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Languages and Cultures Dissertation

  • German Language 5

  • German Language 6

Optional modules

  • Popular Cultures

  • Trinity CertTESOL 2

  • Becoming a Professional Translator

  • Engagement and Resistance

  • Language Learning and Teaching

  • Introduction to Subtitling

  • Discourse and Political Practice

  • Passport Languages

“I found that Hull really offered a wide variety of different languages, so I thought it’d be perfect for what I wanted to do.”

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More about this course

Studying German at Hull combines the study of German language and its associated cultures as a gateway to understanding the German-speaking world. Through a varied interdisciplinary approach, it will equip you with the language skills, transferable skills, specialised knowledge and cultural insight necessary to access and engage intellectually with Germany’s vibrant cultural history and diverse contemporary landscape.

Hull offers excellent language learning facilities, with a dedicated space for languages students. Our team of Language Learning Advisors offer extra one-to-one support to help you with your studies, as well as a partnership scheme, which allows you to practise even more with German native speakers. While studying for your degree, you have the opportunity to gain a recognised teaching qualification in Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). If you don’t have the qualifications to enter the programme directly, we offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study. Year 3 of the programme is spent abroad, experiencing the German-speaking world first-hand, either working or studying, and immersing yourself in both the language and its cultures.

Teaching and Learning

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You don't just become fluent in another language at Hull - you immerse yourself in the culture of the people who speak it.

Spend an unforgettable year abroad, studying at a partner university or working, in a country where your chosen language is spoken.

One-to-one support from our team of language learning advisors in the Shoosmith Language Learning Centre which is open 24/7.

Find out more about our facilities

Study for a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification, enabling you to teach English anywhere in the world.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • Applicants should have a GCSE in a foreign language at Grade C or above.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £14,000

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

German is spoken by approximately 110 million native speakers across the globe.

It's the most widely-spoken language of the European Union. The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills lists Germany as one of the UK’s most important trading partners. As a result, German is one of the most sought-after languages in industry, meaning that a degree in German Studies could open up a wide range of careers.

Demand for linguists is expected to grow with the widening of the EU internal market. Some students become teachers (including TEFL) or translators and interpreters, while many choose to enter business and commerce of some kind, with accounting, banking and jobs involving computers becoming increasingly popular.

Marketing and exporting are also sought-after areas. Many of our students apply for management training of some kind, in either the private or the public sector, and around half of our graduates enter jobs which have a European or international aspect.