BA (Hons)

German and European Studies

Girl in front of German flag and European flags
  • UCAS code(s): RR29
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • * This course is now closed for entry for 2018, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *


If you want to combine your German language skills with a vocational subject, then this joint honours degree is a great choice for you.

Course overview

It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two subjects can give your degree an international or industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university in Germany or  Austria, or working in a German-speaking country. It’s also possible to opt for a short work placement module in the second half of your second year.

By choosing European Studies and German you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. By combining these two subjects, you’ll not only gain an in-depth knowledge of German language and culture, but also its position and relationships within the broader context of contemporary Europe.

Levels of study

BeginnerGCSEPost A-Level

Study this course full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section for more information.

What you'll study


You’ll already have an A-level in German and this exciting course will enhance your spoken and written German language skills so that you become highly fluent.

You’ll also develop your listening and comprehension skills using our two Language Resource Centres. Here you’ll have access to newspapers, magazines, TV and DVDs. We’ll explore topics on German culture and society, and if you choose to spend your third year working or studying in Germany, you’ll be able to gain in-depth personal experience of modern German culture.

European Studies

Europe, and the UK’s relationship with it, is changing; the need to understand those changes has rarely been more important.  This course provides an understanding of the broad historical, social, political and cultural forces which are continuing to shape contemporary Europe.  Unique to this course is the opportunity to specialise in European Politics and Society, European Cultural Studies, or European Cinema.  You can also select a variety of modules across these three subject areas.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    German Language One

    The module focuses on developing both your understanding of key issues in contemporary German culture and society, and your key communicative skills in German: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The module is designed to reinforce your language learning and communication skills by encouraging you to engage with material in a range of media either written, electronic or audio-visual.

    Introduction to German Culture and Society

    In this module you’ll examine the crucial turning point in 20th-century Germany, from the lethal ambition of Nazism to the rebuilding of the two Germanies and the Economic Miracle. You’ll gain an understanding about how the culture and politics of the period interact and shape history.

    Introduction to European Studies

    Throughout this module you'll explore the meaning of Europe as a historical, geographical, political and cultural entity.  You'll explore some of the key challenges facing contemporary Europe, including Euroscepticism, migration, terrorism, regional separatism, and the role of Russia. You'll focus on understanding the way that the EU is governed, as well as key policy debates around the future of the Eurozone, the Single Market, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and the strengthening of EU Citizenship.

    Introduction to European Cultural Studies and Cinema

    You'll study a wide range of cultural works from the 20th Century right through to the present day, you'll critically assess the exercise of power and the resistance to it. You'll focus on the study of key texts in the form of film and literature whilst addressing questions regarding nature and the definition of European Culture. In the second half of the module, you'll be provided with an introduction to European cinema and will focus on significant moments in European film history.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    German Language Two

    The core language module, developing skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll develop fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language as well as learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills such as spoken debates and presentations.

    Europe in the World, the World in Europe

    Explore ideas of identity in contemporary Europe focusing on local, gender, ethnic, sexual, religious, and European among others. The module will heavily focus on the idea that contemporary Europe is a 'postcolonial society' which has problems of identity and social relationships as well as EU politics and policy.

    German optional modules

    Contemporary German Film and Literature

    You’ll examine significant works and moments in German culture during the second half of the 20th Century, e.g. the rise of German terrorism and the state's response. You’ll study a range of films and short literary works which signify important developments in post-war German culture and society.

    Contemporary German Politics

    This module will introduce you to aspects of German politics, institutional structures and will provide you with some insight into similar structures in other German speaking countries. You’ll gain some understanding of the divided Germany, i.e. the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic.

    Languages at Work

    You'll be offered the opportunity to take part in a language themed work placement where you'll work with a local employer for a minimum of 30 hours and produce a piece of writing which reflects on the experience.

    European Studies optional modules

    European Cinema and the City

    Consider representations of the city in a range of European cinemas, making strong links between films and evolving European and national contexts. The module focuses broadly on themes of identity and change, community and exclusion, history and conflict.

    Class, Identity and Exile in British and European Fiction

    Study a range of texts which give broad coverage of issues relating to class, identity and exile in Britain and Europe in the 20th Century. You'll consider the ways in which class divisions, social and political change have impacted the way literary texts of individual and collective identities have been construed.

  • Year Three

    In Year Three you can spend time working or studying in Germany or Austria. Our partner universities are found in Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Paderborn, and Innsbruck.

  • Final Year

    Core modules

    German Capstone Project

    This is a specialist project which allows you to combine practical learning with subject-specific theories. This module offers you the opportunity to develop and in-depth project where you can demonstrate skills such as planning, organisation and research skills.


    Real-Life Work Project

    Students  who are unable to take the year abroad as part of their degree produce a Real-Life Work Project during their final year. Working closely with an employer you'll identify, discuss, develop and deliver a project that is both beneficial for the employer and will enhance your employability options. You'll also provide a synoptic assessment where you'll highlight how your degree in the Modern Languages programme has developed you as a person, academically and as a graduate.


    European Studies Dissertation

    The final year dissertation module enables you to undertake a sustained, single piece of independently researched work on a topic of your choice, under expert supervision. The dissertation will give you an opportunity to explore in depth a social, political or cultural issue or theme that is of personal and academic interest to you.

    German Language Three

    The core language module, will help you to develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll also focus on developing your accuracy and fluency within the written and spoken language of German. You'll develop high-level critical and analytical skills where you can apply linguistic and socio-cultural awareness and analysis to contemporary documents.

    German optional modules

    Contemporary Germany

    This module will provide you with an insight into various socio-economic issues in Germany and within the wider context of globalisation. You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the underlying issues which influence society, the economy and which have dominated German press for years.

    Translation and Interpreting

    You’ll be introduced to some of the basic techniques in translation and interpreting, simulating real, practical texts and situations. You’ll gain an indication of what professional, creative translation and interpreting entail. The module offers you practical preparation and skills that are actively sought by employers.

    European Studies optional modules

    European Cinema: Globalisation and Resistance

    Consider European responses to globalisation by studying public film policy, the economic strategies of national and European film industries, and individual film texts. You'll look at how cinema is an important channel to address political resistance to economic globalisation and culture.

    Memory and Identities

    You'll look at the ways in which European writing investigates the links between identity, the individual and the groups in the post-war era. One of the key elements of this module considers the idea of 'home' and what it means for an individual to have a home, or to feel at home.

    Gender Politics in Europe

    Analyse gender relations in Europe by focusing on the relationship between national and EU policy-making. You'll study a series of case studies dealing with contemporary, high-profile issues in European politics and society. Social issues will include migration and asylum; prostitution and trafficking; and third world domestic labour.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

NTU’s German courses are Number One in the UK for student satisfaction with a 100% satisfaction rate (NSS 2018).

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Each year you’ll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you’ll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.

Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.

Contact hours

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (33%), written (52%) and practical (15%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (12%) and practical (5%)
  • Final Year coursework (59%), written (28%) and practical (13%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (74%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

This is a major part of the curriculum. Key transferable skills are emphasised and there are opportunities to develop links with organisations and potential employers. As a result we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.

Joint honours courses develop a wide range of skills. These include:

  • written and oral communication skills
  • critical analysis
  • the ability to work independently and in groups
  • time management
  • self-motivation
  • a variety of IT skills.

Entry requirements

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent, including A-level German grade C)
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the Sandwich route (Full-time with year abroad) just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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