Business Management with a European Language (German) (BSc)

Cardiff University offers a range of programmes for students who want to pursue a career in business and management, reflecting the breadth of research expertise of the Business School's academics and current developments in the business world.

The four-year degree in Business Management with German combines the main elements (modules and teaching) of the business management programme with the study of German language and culture.

The first year provides the core building blocks of management and business subjects, together with one module in German.

Year two develops from this base, giving equal weighting to the business and language subjects. You will continue to focus on core Business Management modules, whilst the language component concentrates on expression, translation and business language, providing the ideal preparation for the third year which is spent abroad. Here, you will be taught level two Business Management in German.

In your fourth year (having returned to Cardiff) the business and management content of the degree will be extended with three core and three optional modules, together with one module which maintains the language input.

German is the native language of nearly one hundred million people. To speak German is to be part of a crucially important political, economic and cultural world. A recent survey by the UK's leading employers' organisation, the CBI, rated German as the language most valued by UK managers. Germany is considered to be the lynchpin of the European Union, making knowledge of the language as important in Brussels as in Berlin.

You will develop high-level language skills with the aim of achieving near-native competency along with in-depth knowledge of aspects of the culture, history, politics and society of Germany. You will spend your third year in a German-speaking country, practising and developing your language skills. We offer German for both advanced students and beginners.

Overall, the degree of Business Management with German prepares you for a career in international business with an ability to work in German as well as in English.

Distinctive features

  • the opportunity to study in a School that was ranked 6th in the UK for research quality and joint 1st for research environment in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF)
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
  • The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School
  • Progression through core and specialist option modules
  • A study abroad year in Germany or a German-speaking country


Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
AccreditationsAssociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Typical places availableThe school typically has 425 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 2850 applications.
Typical A level offerAAB, with a B in German, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels including the relevant language OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels including the relevant language
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points, including Maths and English with SL5, plus SL6 or HL5 in relevant language.
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a four-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year, split equally between the two subjects. Most modules are worth 20 credits. The first and second years are spent in Cardiff studying a range of modules in business disciplines including accounting, economics, marketing and management as well as the language component. The third year is spent studying business related modules in one of our partner universities in Germany before returning to complete the final year in Cardiff.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

The first year provides the core building blocks of management and business subjects. You will study six compulsory double modules together with one module in German.


Module titleModule codeCredits
Statistical Analysis and Research MethodsBS150820 credits
Vocational Language Skills I (German)ML170320 credits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
People in OrganisationsBS152920 credits
MarketingBS152820 credits
Introduction to EconomicsBS154720 credits

Year two

Year two develops from this base, giving equal weighting to the business and language subjects. You will continue to focus on core Business Management modules, whilst the language component concentrates on expression, translation and business language, providing the ideal preparation for the third year which is spent abroad.


Module titleModule codeCredits
Vocational Language Skills IIML272120 credits
Operations ManagementBS258220 credits
Managing PeopleBS254220 credits
Marketing and StrategyBS254020 credits
Business LanguageML272220 credits
Oral Comprehension & ExpressionML272310 credits
Business CorrespondenceML272410 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year three consists of one year's study at a university in Germany as part of your degree. The programme of study is subject to approval by the Business School and will be equivalent to 6 double or 12 single Cardiff Business School modules (120 credits). It will consist of modules in business, management, economics, accounting etc., taught and assessed in German. This provides a competency in the language within a framework of business, accounting, and economics specialisations.

We have developed links with several universities or equivalent institutions in France, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. It is intended that the size of each group from the Business School at any host institution will be two to four students. Students studying in Europe as part of their degree programme may be eligible for a grant from the Erasmus scheme, operated by the British Council.

We have international partnership agreements with high ranking institutions in Europe and currently have bi-lateral exchange agreements with:

  • Mannheim University
  • Konstanz University
  • Tu Munich


Module titleModule codeCredits
Intercalary Study Programme in EuropeBS4009120 credits

Year four

In your fourth year (having returned to Cardiff) the business and management content of the degree will be extended with three core and three optional modules, together with one module which maintains the language input.

You will also take three double modules, and optional single modules


The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. While our internationally recognised faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learned from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios.

We will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). 

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Undergraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.


We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback following each examination period and will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios, creative assignments and individual or group projects.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enable you to produce your best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling you to develop your strengths and address any weaker areas.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • develop practical research skills
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Other information

Our Trading Room is used as part of some economics and accounting courses but is open to all School students. This facility is supervised by trained PhD students who will help you become familiar with the software and modelling techniques used in real-life trading rooms.

As part of the opportunities presented by the Business School to undergraduates, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake the Thomson Reuters Certification qualification, a leading industry qualification to prove your ability in using this commercial platform. This five-element training process involves one-to-one training and phone conferences with a Thomson Reuters representative. The Trading Room therefore gives you the opportunity to become attractive potential graduates in the City, where the job market is becoming ever more competitive.

Business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors. In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

In addition to the central University Careers Service, you will benefit from a dedicated on-site Careers and Placements service to help you find internships, job opportunities and gives you access to business-industry specific advice, training and guidance.


  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

We recognise the importance of gaining work experience during your studies.

Our dedicated Placements Manager offers advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available from the Business School’s in-house Careers Consultant.

Year three is spent working or studying in a German-speaking country.

Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.