Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: German

Why choose German at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are unique in Scotland in offering four-year honours programmes that include a year studying or working abroad. If you’re taking German and another language, you’ll divide your year abroad between two countries, further broadening your skills and experience.

  • 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 consistently rated highly by our students and there’s lots going on in German and European languages, from a creative writing magazine to our annual German Play. Our student-run German Society organises language cafés, movie nights, pub quizzes and more.

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. In Europe, more people speak German as their native language than any other, and the language ranks in the World Top 20, being particularly important for business and politics.

We welcome students with varying degrees of knowledge of the German language, including none at all. 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, including other European languages.

Study German with us and you will 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.

Teaching takes place in the University of Edinburgh's central area in a world-leading festival city bursting with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections, including outstanding German-language holdings in the National Library of Scotland.