We offer an exceptionally wide range of courses, covering periods from the early Middle Ages to the most recent past, and a rich variety of approaches. This will enable you to critically appraise topics such as:
- German identities
- Encounters with non-Germans
- Nationalism and anti-nationalism
- Nature and culture
- Minority cultures
- Migration in the German-speaking world
You can choose to take courses in the history of other cultures and civilisations, from ancient Rome to the modern United States, and in the history of science, Western medicine, and architecture.
The University of Edinburgh has excellent resources for the study of German and History, including access to unique archival sources within the Library’s Special Collections.
Historians also benefit from the research materials afforded by the great collections based in the city, including the National Library, National Records, National Galleries and National Museum of Scotland.
More people speak German as their native language than any other in Europe. An official language of seven European countries and provinces, German also plays an important role in communications in many other countries, particularly in central and eastern Europe, and is the third most popular foreign language taught worldwide.
German speakers are highly sought after by British employers, particularly those with links to the German economy, the fourth largest in the world. In 2019, German overtook French as the language most sought-after by employers.
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- Year 1
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.
- Year 2
In the German 2 language course you will develop your oral language skills further, and practise writing in German, translation and grammar. You will also continue to study literature and culture, choosing at least two courses from a suite of options.
- Year 3
You’ll spend Year 3 abroad, in a German-speaking country (usually Germany or Austria), turning classroom learning into living engagement with German-language culture.
- Year 4
You will develop advanced language skills in spoken and written German and choose from a wide range of specialist courses in both German and History. You will also complete your dissertation or long essay in German.
- 48 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by the end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by the end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: AAB - ABB.
- IB: 43 points with 776 at HL - 37 points with 666 at HL.
International20950 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 20950 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
EU/EEA1820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
- Home - RUK fees: £9,250
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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