2022 entry

Subject area: German

Why choose German at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are 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.

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 13th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

  • We are consistently rated highly by our students and there’s lots going on in our subject area. You can join the student-led German Society, and contribute creative writing in German to our online magazine, Babble.

Study abroad

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 2, German & Philosophy MA (Hons)
Olivia Year 2, German & Philosophy MA (Hons)

Introducing German

For centuries, German-speaking cultures have had a profound international influence. In Europe, more people speak German as their native language than any other. The language ranks in the world's top 20, and is particularly important within business and politics.

We welcome students with various levels of experience, including complete beginners. You will have the chance to gain professional skills in all aspects of German, including writing, speaking, presenting and translating, thanks to four years of intensive training, including a year abroad.

Study German with us and you will learn the language while exploring literature, film and theatre, all within the context of historical and political developments. Our courses cover material and topics from the 18th century to contemporary times.

You can take German as a single honours degree programme, or jointly with one of a wide range of other subjects, including other European languages.

Teaching takes place in the University of Edinburgh's Central Area. We are based in a world-leading festival city filled with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections. These include outstanding German-language holdings in the National Library of Scotland.