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German and Sociology (Full-Time)

Why study German and Sociology at Warwick?

  • 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.

  • Part of your study will be with our Sociology Department, which was ranked 23rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 and third in The Guardian University Guide 2015. The department is also ranked highly in UK league tables: fourth in The Guardian University Guide 2016, third in The Complete University Guide 2014 and fifth in The Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

Dr Catherine Lambert


Dr Jim Jordon

German Studies

Joe McCloskey

German Undergraduate

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

A great strength of German courses at Warwick is the intensive engagement with all aspects of German society. This degree is distinctive because of the leading national and international reputations of both departments, the strong roots of classical sociology in German social thought and existing intellectual overlaps in research and teaching between staff in the two departments, especially in the fields of cultural studies and cultural theory, social history, critical social theory, construction of gender, nation and race. You will spend equal time studying the two subjects.

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 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.

Entry Requirements

A Level AAB including a modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek

International Baccalaureate 36 points including 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.

Further Information

This course offers two streams in German: Advanced (for applicants with German to A Level or IB Higher level, or equivalent) and Beginner (for applicants with no prior German qualifications or to a maximum of GCSE Level). Applicants with AS level or IB Standard Level German should contact before applying.

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 and Sociology.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

Please note: Course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.

What careers can a Warwick degree in German and Sociology 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.

Some recent Sociology graduate destinations include Social Worker, Coventry City Council; International Women’s Day Marketing Executive, Oxfam; Broadcast Journalist, BBC; Policy Executive, National Climate Change Secretariat; Marketing Projects Intern; National Trust of Australia, Sydney.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB, including a modern or classical language

IB: 36 points, including 5 in a Higher Level modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad

Department website

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Department of Sociology

Student blogs

Conor Godsall - German

Mel Fletcher - Sociology

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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 you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.