BA Modern Languages: German

At the University of Exeter, the BA Modern Languages and German course is characterised by a wide-ranging approach to the society, literature and culture of the German- speaking world, in particular Germany and Austria. These countries have a rich cultural past and play a crucial role at the heart of today’s Europe. The German language, which can be studied both at post A level and beginners’ level, is a passport to a diverse community of 200 million speakers worldwide, to a treasure-house of European culture and to a major economy whose political and diplomatic influence reaches across the world.


German at Exeter is small enough for us to know our students well, yet our teaching and research have a very broad reach. Our research interests feed directly into your undergraduate degree programme, ensuring that you have access to the latest knowledge and ideas. Our teaching includes classics of literature, film and thought but also the study of museums and exhibitions, cultural memory and urban culture.

As part of the degree course at Exeter, you will undertake intense practical language training as well as theoretical learning to better understand the rich cultural, social and historical backdrop of Germany. Over four years you will develop fundamental language skills such as reading, speaking, translating and writing, learning to perfect the delicate nuances of intonation, tone and inflection in your voice to become a skilled linguist. You will be taught by experienced language specialists and academic staff at the forefront of their disciplines and attend regular sessions with native speakers. You can join a number of vibrant social activities, plays and film screenings organised by the student-run German society which will add another dimension to your learning. In addition to the resources of the University Library, our modules are supported by online material and a wide range of electronic learning materials in German in the Foreign Language Centre.

The University of Exeter has one of the leading and most respected centres for Modern Languages in the UK, ranking top 10 in all major UK university league tables for the subject and ranking 4th for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. In your third year, you have the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying at one of the top universities in Germany and Austria, including Vienna, Tübingen and Humboldt University in Berlin. You can also choose to teach English as part of a British Council placement or gain valuable employment experience and practical applied learning by working abroad. Whatever you choose, immersing yourself in a German speaking country will enrich your understanding of German and giving you an unparalleled experience.

By the end of your degree, you will have acquired a diverse and transferable set of skills and intercultural awareness that are highly sought after by employers. Modern Language degrees offer a broad range of career paths in translation, linguistics, teaching and across multiple other industries. Recent graduates are now working in areas such as marketing and communications, project co-ordination, journalism and finance.

Degree programmes

You can study German through four pathways:

  • choose to study Advanced Level German modules and graduate with a BA in German
  • with one or two other languages (eg, Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) as part of our BA Modern Languages degree
  • With Arabic, Art History & Visual Culture, Classical Studies, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology as part of one of our Combined Honours Programmes
  • or with a bespoke selection of subjects as part of our Flexible Combined honours programme

Programme variations