To speak German is to be in touch with a vibrant cultural and political world. It gives you access to a rich cultural tradition and literature. Germany's economic and political role in Europe makes a deep knowledge of German language and Germanic cultures a great asset in life and your career.
At Cardiff, we consider the linguistic skill that you acquire as a key competence for studying German and Austrian culture, in particular literature, history, and film. Your understanding of German will also be deepened and enhanced during your time abroad, immersed in the culture of a German-speaking country. We offer a single honours degree as well as joint honours in which students can combine German with Law, English, History, Politics, Mathematics, Religion, or one of the other languages taught at Cardiff.
As well as students with A-level German, we also welcome students who have no previous knowledge of German onto all of our German degree programmes. Such applicants will generally require an A-level in any modern foreign language (typically a B).
Scholarships are available for study in German for suitably qualified applicants. Read more about Cardiff University funding & fees.
The following degrees are available:
- German (Single Honours)
- Ancient History and German
- Archaeology and German
- English Language and German
- English Literature and German
- French and German
- German and Economics
- German and History
- German and Italian
- German and Japanese
- German and Mathematics
- German and Music
- German and Politics
- German and Religious Studies
- German and Spanish
- German and Welsh
- Law and German
German beyond your studies
Knowledge of German opens a range of opportunities for you. German will be a very useful skill in your working life, if you are aiming to work in international or European business or international politics. Graduates in German take up employment in a wide range of fields, including the media, the arts, teaching, translating, publishing, the Civil Service, marketing and finance.
Languages graduates score highly in skills demanded by employers. This is particularly the case with oral and written communication skills. In addition, they develop intellectual skills in critical thinking and gain an informed and broad-based view of the world.
Cardiff was my first choice university due to the multi-disciplinary approach to learning. My studies focussed on language and literature, but history and culture modules really broadened my subject knowledge. A highlight was the Year 4 dissertation module, which enabled me to research and write about a topic of real interest to me. The approachable and supportive staff made my time at Cardiff an enjoyable experience that I will always look back on fondly.
Hannah, German and English Literature student
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