Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: German

Why choose German at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 17th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • We are unique in Scotland in offering single and joint honours modern languages programmes which take four years to complete, including a year abroad. If you’re studying two languages, you’ll divide your time abroad between countries relevant to each language, further broadening your skills and experience.

  • We are consistently rated highly by our students and there’s lots going on, from a regular seminar series featuring visiting speakers, to our annual German Play and student-run German Society, which organises language cafés, movie nights, pub quizzes and more.

  • We welcome both beginners and students with previous knowledge of the language. Even as a complete beginner, you can take German as a single honours programme, or jointly with one of a wide range of other subjects.

  • Our teaching staff are also highly active researchers, passing on to you the same world-class expertise that gained excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In modern languages and linguistics, 70 per cent of our research was rated either world-leading or internationally excellent on the overall quality profile, following a joint submission with Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Study abroad

For my year abroad, I spent my first semester in Vienna, Austria and my second in Florence, Italy. I boosted my language skills and made even more international friends!

Nataliya Nosenko 4th year MA (Hons) German & Italian
Nataliya Nosenko 4th year MA (Hons) German & Italian

Introducing German

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. Our expertise stretches from medieval to contemporary times.

German is one of the larger subject areas in a School passionate about languages, literatures and cultures, so you’ll benefit from a wide range of courses, great resources and friendly staff, several of whom are native German speakers.

You’ll be based at the heart of the University in a world-leading festival city with fantastic cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections, including outstanding German-language holdings in the National Library of Scotland.

We welcome both beginners and students with previous knowledge of the language. You’ll engage with a broad range of subjects in Years 1 and 2, and specialise thereafter, progressing in all aspects of the German language, from talking about culture, current affairs and literature in German, to essay writing, creative writing and translation.

We contribute actively to the local cultural scene, and you will be able to attend film screenings, performances and talks organised by members of staff for the wider public.