What will I learn?

Lancaster’s joint German Studies and History degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the Department of History. German is ranked 1st in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and History 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Your German Studies programme gives you the opportunity to acquire high-level language skills and gain a thorough understanding of the country’s historical, cultural, social and political background in a global context. In History, we will help you to develop your critical abilities studying modules in British, European and American world history.

Your first year comprises an exploration of the German language and its cultural context as well as the core History module ‘From Medieval to Modern: History and Historians’. Alongside this, you can choose the History module ‘People, Places, and the Past’ or a minor subject that complements your degree.

Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will study the culture, politics and history of Germany and Austria in more depth, as well as selecting modules which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond. You will combine these with the core module, ‘The Nature and Practice of History’, and select options such as ‘The Making and Unmaking of Heroes in German History: from Warriors and a People’s Queen to Film Stars and a Football Team' and 'Restless Nation: Germany in the 20th Century'.

Spending your third year abroad in a German-speaking country allows you to make a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement.

Careers

In a globalised world, foreign languages combined with knowledge of international history and contemporary cultures are likely to be valued by employers. The Guardian University Guide ranks History 1st in the UK for graduate careers after 6 months.

During your degree you will have the opportunity to develop the ability to think critically, analyse evidence and structure an argument, as well as gaining rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills. These skills may open up a variety of careers such as working in museums and heritage, IT, business development, civil service, events management, finance, journalism, publishing, research and sales, as well as teaching and translating both in the UK and abroad.

Many graduates continue their studies at Lancaster, making the most of our postgraduate research facilities. We offer Masters degrees in Translation, Languages and Cultures, and History as well as PhD research degrees.

Which department am I in?

Languages and Cultures

Study options

Full time with time abroad (4 Years)

Tuition fees
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Start date

October 2022

Venue

Main Site

Admissions,

Bailrigg,

Lancaster,

Lancashire,

LA1 4YW, England

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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