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German, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
A degree in German from University of Leeds will allow you to become fluent in this popular language while giving you a genuine insight into German culture and society – equipping you with valuable skills that make you highly attractive to employers.


Why study?

Germany is hugely influential within the EU, and is currently the world’s fourth largest economy. Its language is widely spoken across Europe, especially in the promising emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

A degree in German from University of Leeds will allow you to become fluent in this popular language while giving you a genuine insight into German culture and society – equipping you with valuable skills that make you highly attractive to employers.

You’ll consolidate and develop your spoken and written German through core language modules. You will also choose from a wide range of optional modules including applied language (translation and language for professional purposes) and modules exploring various aspects of German culture, history and politics.

The large size of our department allows us to offer flexible degrees with a wide variety of choice, and our active German Society contributes to a strong sense of community. With our expert tutors and great language facilities, at Leeds we can help you get to where you want to go.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    485 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

What you study

Your first two years will be spent consolidating and building your language skills in core language modules, while in optional modules you will be introduced to the applied language skills of translation and to aspects of German culture, society, politics and history. You will have the opportunity to choose from subjects as diverse as German cinema, gender and the politics of the ‘Berlin Republic’.

It’s all designed to prepare you for your year abroad, which you’ll spend in either Germany or Austria refining your language skills and gaining first-hand experience of the local culture.

When you come back, you’ll have a fresh perspective on your studies, which will incorporate advanced language learning alongside further optional modules. These will allow you to explore topics such as the German student movement or cultural representations of war, or to focus on translation or specialist language for professional contexts. You’ll also apply the critical skills you have developed to an independently researched dissertation or project on a subject of your choice.

Study abroad opportunities

You’ll spend your third year in either Germany or Austria, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.

We have partnerships with a number of universities in the region where you could study, or you could undertake a paid work placement either with one of our partner firms or with an organisation of your choice. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain a new insight into German or Austrian society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you’ll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Entry requirements
  • Standard Offer: ABB at A level including German
  • Access to Leeds Offer: BBC at A-level including B in German
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Offer: 34 points (6 higher level German points and 16 higher points in total).
  • Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer. For applicants taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level including German and grade A in the EPQ.
Selection principles

Access to Leeds is a widening participation scheme that allows us to identify applicants who have the potential to succeed at the University of Leeds but who may not be able to demonstrate their talents through grades alone

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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