Undergraduate study | German

Learn German and explore literature and culture as part of a single or joint honours degree.

Why study German in Edinburgh?

For centuries, German-speaking cultures have had a profound international influence. Study German with us and you’ll learn the language while studying literature, film and theatre, all within the context of historical and political developments, from the 18th century to contemporary times.

The University of Edinburgh is unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working. If you are studying German and another language, you will divide your time between two countries, broadening your skills and experience.

One of the most attractive characteristics of our degree is its flexibility. As well as lots of joint honours combinations, your first two (pre-honours) years will give you the option to study other subjects drawn from a broad list of disciplines. 

There’s lots going on in our subject area, including our student-run German Society, and a creative writing magazine especially for European languages. We also have very close links with local schools, the German Consulate, and the Scottish branch of the Goethe-Institut.

What I particularly love about studying German at the University of Edinburgh is the wide range of modules offered each semester, which give the opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of the German speaking world, as well as opening your eyes to current and historical issues in Europe as a whole.

Olivia, Year 3, German & Philosophy MA (Hons)

QS World Rankings by Subject 2022

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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we’re in the World Top 10 for Arts & Humanities (9) and Modern Languages (10).

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings are based on the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, along with research citations.

They are International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approved.

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