German and Russian, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English, German, Russian
    Language

About

Russia continues to assert itself as an independent, powerful political and economic force, and Germany remains central to the European economy, guaranteeing high demand for advanced fluency in these languages and familiarity with the diverse nature of the culture, history, politics and lifestyle of the Russian and German-speaking world.

You take units in both languages in year one, and choose from a range of options in years two and four combining cultural, historical and sociological approaches. In language classes, you will develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and translation skills, using a range of textbooks, media and internet resources.

You will divide your third year between a German-speaking country and Russia, either studying or on a work placement. Languages students in Bristol have access to a state-of-the-art multimedia centre.

Why study German at Bristol?

Bristol’s Department of German has an impressive reputation for teaching and research. You will follow a curriculum which introduces you to many aspects of German studies.

As well as following a structured language course, you will study literature, history, thought, politics, linguistics and culture. You will be able to choose from a wide range of options that allow you to pursue your own interests.

All German degrees last four years and include a period of residence in a German-speaking country on a work or study placement during the third year.

Bristol’s German Department has a close community with an active student society and a range of extra-curricular social and cultural events, including regular dramatic performances.

Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. Bristol students of German have access to a state-of-the-art multi-media centre.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Weekday
    • Duration description

      6-7 year(s) part-time. Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad

  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
    • Partially taught in Russian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • German Language
  • Introduction to German Studies
  • Russian Language
  • Introduction to Russian History and Culture
  • Introduction to the Russian Novel
  • One of:
    • Contemporary Russia through the Media (Russian A-level entrants)
    • Extra language (beginners)
Second year
  • German Language
  • One to three optional units in German, eg: Germany and Austria 1918-34, Franz Kafka, Divided Germany, Historical Linguistics, Literature and Politics 1800-1871, Business German, Spotlights on Anglo-German Relations (Literature, media, film)
  • Russian Language
  • One to three optional Russian culture units, eg:
    • The New Soviet Man and his ‘Others’: Politics and Identity in Soviet Russia, 1917-1945
    • Orthodox Culture
    • The Nineteenth-century Russian Novel – ‘Hedgehogs and Foxes’
    • Czech
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • German Language
  • One, two or three optional units in German, e.g. Modern Sociolinguistics, Precursors of Modernism, Exiles and Migrants in German Literature, Representing the Holocaust, Constitutional History, German Expressionist Drama, Culture of Classical Weimar
  • Russian Language
  • One to three optional culture units, eg:
    • Russian Thought on the Eve of the Revolution
    • The Cold War at Home: Soviet Culture and Society 1945-1991
    • Gender in Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century Russia
    • Post-Soviet Russian Prose Fiction
    • Dostoevsky

Audience

The German courses at Bristol will suit you if you have an enquiring mind, a love of language and a passion for exploring other countries and societies. Studying a modern language in the context of its speakers’ history, literature, experience and outlooks opens horizons and challenges preconceptions.

As well as mastering the language, you will develop your skills of investigation and analysis which will be useful in a range of graduate employment opportunities.

The year abroad is an exciting opportunity to experience the challenges and the satisfaction of living in a different language and culture.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): BBB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 at Higher Level in one of the languages to be studied*
  • IB Diploma: 31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level with 5 at Higher Level in one of the languages to be studied*
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*. Distinctions may be required in certain units.
  • BTEC: DDM. All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning.*
  • SQA: SH: AABBB and AH: AB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core*
  • EB: 77% overall with 8 in at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: no specific subjects required.
  • Academic qualifications: *One language can be studied from beginner level. All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with an A-level in one of the languages to be studied at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.

Funding

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