Why study English and German Literature at Warwick?
- You will be based in the Department of German Studies, (part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures), but will study half of your modules with the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.
- Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
- The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction. Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
- You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
- the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply)
- the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.
- In the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies you will be learning from experts at the forefront of their fields. A unique focus on Shakespeare draws on our proximity to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other research strengths include renaissance literature, eighteenth century studies, American literature, women’s writing, world and comparative literature, post-colonial literature, creative writing, poetry and poetics, drama and performance, literary and cultural theory.
Dr Paul Prescott
English and Comparative Literary Studies
Dr Jim Jordon
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I study?
English and German Literature has a strong and distinctive comparative literary approach for those wishing to pursue a study of German language and literature together with the English-speaking tradition and the interconnections and interactions between the two cultures. You will be based in the Department of German Studies, but will study half of your modules in each subject.
Germany has always been at the heart of the European intellectual tradition and is now the driving force of its economy and the EU. Our modules reflect the range and diversity of Germany’s culture, history and society. Intensive language work from advanced or beginner level opens up the richness of German language and cultural life, enabling you to graduate as a highly qualified linguist with intercultural skills and a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Germany’s past and present.
Core modules that focus on aspects of German culture, society, literature, film and history in your first year feed into a range of themed options in the following year. Your third year is spent abroad, either as a language assistant, or working or studying at one of our partner universities (including Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Dresden and many more). We hold a residential course in Germany, open to all of our students on their year abroad. In the final year, we offer research-led modules taught by experts in their field and supported by the wealth of material in our Transnational Resources Centre.
For detailed module information please visit the course page.
How will I be taught?
You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week. We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written, spoken and lab-based language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You will spend the third year of your course abroad. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.
A Level AAB including English Literature and a modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek
International Baccalaureate 36 points including 5 in Higher Level English Literature and 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements. General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
English Literature and German A Level. English Language is acceptable in addition to Literature, but is not normally accepted as a substitute.
Taking a gap year - Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews - We do not normally interview, but applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the Department.
Departmental Offer Holder Days - Offers to applicants include an invitation to a choice of Departmental Offer Holder Days in the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring German language, culture, society and history, as well as moduels in English Literature.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and School of Modern Languages and Cultures websites.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in English and German Literature lead to?
Our Modern Languages graduates have advanced linguistic skills, excellent intercultural awareness and highly
developed transferable skills, which are extremely sought after by employers.
Our graduates have entered fields as diverse as the media, the United Nations, company management, accountancy and finance, media and publishing, teaching, translating/interpreting, the civil service, law, travel and tourism, and arts and events management. Others choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
Examples of some of our recent graduates' careers include Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; Customer Care
Professional – German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.
Recent English graduate destinations include Learning and Development Co-ordinator, CBRE; Students and Community Engagement Campaigner, Oxfam; Commission Assistant, Oxford University Press; Communications Internship, Institute of Economic Affairs; Equality and Diversity Policy Manager, Department for Work and Pensions.
A level: AAB including English Literature and a modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek
IB: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level English Literature and 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.