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Translation Studies - German, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


  • Our Translation Studies programmes combine the study of French and/or German and/or Spanish with professional and theoretical aspects of translation. The programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career either in translation or in allied professions. 
  • By the end of the programme your language skills will have reached near-native proficiency and you will also have developed competence in translation and intercultural communication. The programmes focus on French, German and/or Spanish language, culture and society. They also develop insights into the wider socio-cultural context of translation.
  • Each of our Translation Studies programmes follows a clear progression, building upon your initial level and developing your full potential over the course of your studies. In each year of study, core modules in language and society are complemented by modules that focus on translation-relevant topics. The Third Year is spent abroad on a work placement (including work in a translation company), at an exchange university, or on an assistantship. In the Final Year, you will have the opportunity to practice your translation and interpreting skills and develop specialised translation competence in a subject area of your own choice. You will graduate as a confident speaker of French, German and/or Spanish with excellent intercultural and translation competence.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    480 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • German Language Skills I
  • Introduction to the German-speaking countries
  • Postwar Germany
  • German Language Past and Present
  • German Current Affairs
  • Introduction to Language and Communication
  • Introduction to Translation
  • Translation Workshop
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • University Wide Language Programme
  • German Language Skills II
  • The Legacy of National Socialism
  • German Politics and Society
  • Austrian Cultural History
  • Metropolis Berlin
  • Translation & Technology
  • European Translation Traditions
  • Communication across Cultures  

                                                                      English Language Requirements

                                                                      You need the following IELTS score:

                                                                      • 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

                                                                      General Requirements

                                                                      • A-levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including German Grade B.  General Studies accepted. 
                                                                      • IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level German.
                                                                      • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module.  Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.  A-level grade B in German or equivalent. 
                                                                      • BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in German or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

                                                                      Tuition Fee

                                                                      • International

                                                                        14600 GBP/year
                                                                        Tuition Fee
                                                                        Based on the original amount of 14600 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                                                                      • EU/EEA

                                                                        9250 GBP/year
                                                                        Tuition Fee
                                                                        Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                                                                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                                                                      • £1,250 during placement year for UK/EU students
                                                                      • £2,500 during placement year for overseas students

                                                                      Living costs for Birmingham

                                                                      • 765 - 1140 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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