Why Study German and Business Studies at Warwick?
- You will be based in the Department of German Studies (part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures), but half of your teaching is provided by Warwick Business School (WBS), which is home to a top ten ranked undergraduate programme by The Guardian 2016 league table, The Times and The Sundays Times Good University Guide 2016 and Complete University Guide 2016.
- 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.
Dr Louise Gracia
Warwick Business School
Dr Jim Jordon
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This long-established and successful degree combines studies in German language, culture and contemporary society with in-depth teaching in many varied areas of business practice. You will be based in the Department of German Studies, but half of your teaching is provided by Warwick Business School.
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).
In Business Studies, you can take many different pathways through your course including human resource management, accounting, finance, principles of organisational behaviour, production and operations management, industrial relations, corporate strategy, and auditing.
Find out more about the degree structure and modules available via the department website.
How will I learn?
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 a modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek and grade B in GCSE Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points including 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek and grade B in GCSE Mathematics B or equivalent in the IB
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
First year core modules may include Modern German Language I and Writers, Media and Society in Contemporary Germany. Optional business modules could include Operations Management; Quantitative Analysis for Management I; Quantitative Analysis for Management II; Economics for Business; Foundations of Finance; Foundations of Accounting; Management Organisations and Society.
Your second year core German modules may include Modern German Language IIas well as optional core modules such as Reading Weimar: Prose Fiction 1919-1933; Film in the Weimar Republic and under National Socialism; Modernity and its Discontents; Pathologies of the Modern Self. You may also choose optional modules from Warwick Business School.
Your third year will be spent abroad in Germany or Austria.
Fourth year core modules may include Modern German Language III and Business and Society in Contemporary Germany. Optional modules from German Studies may include The Writer and Imperial Germany 1871-1918;
Post-war German Political Cinema; Reflections of National Socialism in Post-war German Writing; Berlin from 1900 to the Present Day; Reading Contemporary German Diasporic Writing; German Memories of WWII: From Perpetration to Suffering; The Self and the Others: Identity, Gender and Ethnicity in German Culture around 1800; Germany and the Holocaust: Interpretations and Debates; The Self and the Others II: Contemporary German Travel Narratives; Goethe's Faust; Kafka's Modernism; Boredom in the Literature and Film of the Berlin Republic. You may also choose optional modules from Warwick Business School.
* This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department websites for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in German 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.
SOmew recent destinations for Warwick Business School graduates include Trading Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Finance Analyst, Amazon; Logistics Analyst, Jaguar Landrover; Assistant Auditor, KPMG Audit LLP; Merchandising Executive, Abercrombie & Fitch. Some graduates have chosen to start their own businesses or work with other start-ups.
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
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 you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.