Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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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 10th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

  • From making friends in language cafes to campaigning on global issues, the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) supports more than 300 student-led activities. There is a German Society, and we also have a creative writing magazine especially for European languages.

  • Edinburgh is a world-leading festival city filled with cinemas, theatres, galleries, libraries and collections. The National Library of Scotland, for example, has outstanding German holdings. We have excellent links with the German Consulate and the Goethe-Institut.

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

Introducing German

For centuries, German-speaking cultures have had a profound international influence. Over one third of Europeans are native speakers, and the language ranks in the world's top 20. It is particularly important within business and politics.

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 as a joint honours with one of a wide range of partner subjects, including other European languages.

We welcome students with various levels of experience, including complete beginners. Through intensive language study, including a year abroad, you will have the chance to gain professional skills in all aspects of German, including:

  • reading and writing
  • listening, speaking and presenting
  • translation

When you graduate, you will have the combination of broad cultural education and specialist knowledge valued by employers worldwide.

Teaching takes place in the University of Edinburgh's Central Area, which is located on the edge of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, surrounded by lots of green space.