MA Chinese and German
UCAS code: BR32
Duration: 4 years
School: Literatures, Languages and Cultures
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Chinese and German
The combination of Chinese and German is designed to develop your interest, and complex knowledge and understanding, of the countries in which these two world languages are spoken, including their, history, literature, culture and social issues.
A knowledge of Chinese language and culture is increasingly important as China becomes a bigger global player, economically and politically. China currently has the largest population in the world and the world's second largest economy.
German is the most widely spoken language in Western Europe and is becoming increasingly important as a business language in Eastern Europe. German history, science and culture have had a huge impact across the entire world.
Graduate employers recognise the importance of both languages and the need for a broad cultural education alongside language skills. Graduates will be capable of acting as bridges of understanding and conduits of knowledge between Chinese, German, and British cultures.
You will study Chinese 1, an introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese, and Modern East Asian History, an introduction to modern East Asian history.
If you haven't studied German before, you will take German 1A, an intensive language course. If your entry qualification for German is a Scottish Higher, A level, or equivalent, you will be admitted to German 1B, which covers language as well as literature and culture from 1770 to the present day.
You will continue to learn Chinese language and you will explore Chinese culture further.
In the German 2 language course you will develop your oral language skills further, and practise creative writing, translation and grammar. You will also continue to study literature and culture.
We are developing a suite of options, likely to include:
- Disability in German Romanticism
- Identity, Politics and Society on the German Screen
- Culture, Modernity and the City in the Weimar Republic
- Reading Literary Antisemitism; the Contemporary Short Story in German
- Migration and Integration in German-Language Discourses
You will take two of these options.
In Year 3 you will spend time studying in a university in Taiwan or China and you will also work or study abroad in a German-speaking country.
You will continue to study Chinese language alongside your choice of courses in film, politics, modern and pre-modern history, literature, philosophy and economic history.
You will take German language classes in essay and précis writing, spoken German and German-to-English translation of literary and journalistic texts.
You will also choose a specialist course from a wide range on German literature, film, theatre and society.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
The majority of the teaching takes place in and around the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, in the University's Central Area. You will have access to the University's libraries and computer facilities and the School's language labs.
During Year 3, you will spend a minimum of 30 weeks on approved work or study placement in countries relevant to the languages studied.
Students studying more than one language must complete a minimum of eight weeks in each country.
How will I learn?
Most of the cultural courses are taught through lectures and tutorials. Languages are taught in small classes by Chinese or German speakers and also involve the use of computer-assisted learning.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by a combination of exams, class exercises and coursework.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Studying a language to degree level, especially when you spend a year abroad as part of your studies, gives you a set of skills and life experiences highly prized by employers. Graduates are in high demand in a wide variety of sectors, including the media, commerce, industry, and the civil service.
Many Chinese-speaking graduates are currently recruited by companies based in East Asia, an increasingly powerful player in the global economy, but with Scotland's strategy to enhance engagement with China, opportunities for employment are increasing closer to home too. These include careers in translation/interpreting and education.
More people speak German as their native language than any other in Europe and German speakers are highly sought after by British employers, particularly those with links to the German economy, the third largest in the world.
There are also opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level. Year 4 in particular will focus on developing the research skills you’ll need if you choose this path.
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. (Revised 21/06/2019 from 'AAAB - AABB'. Revised 18/10/2019 from 'AAAA - AABB'.)
- A Levels: ABB. (Revised 21/06/2019 from 'ABB'. Revised 11/12/2019 from 'AAB - ABB'.)
- IB: 38 points (grades 666 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL). (Revised 21/06/2019 from '38 (666 at HL) - 34 (655 at HL)'. Revised 11/12/2019 from '43 (776 at HL) - 34 (655 at HL)')
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Higher: Chinese or German at grade B. National 5: English at grade C.
- A Levels: Chinese or German at grade B. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
- IB: HL: Chinese or German at grade 5. SL: English at grade 5.
Please note that the Chinese programmes involve beginners language study and are not suitable for native or near-native speakers.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
SQA National 5 Grade C
SQA Standard Grade 3
SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
GCSE Grade C or 4
Level 2 Certificate Grade C
IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)
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You will spend Year 3 at a university in Taiwan or China and in a German-speaking country. You will spend a total of 30 weeks abroad and are required to spend a minimum of eight consecutive weeks in each country.
Costs will vary according to the location. Some scholarship money may be available from external sources, on a competitive basis, for students studying in China.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.
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