|Study location||United Kingdom, Birmingham|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||4 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
A level History, Medieval History or Ancient History at grade A. A level German grade B or equivalent is required if you plan to take the language at Advanced level.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
The UK loses £48 billion per year due to a lack of languages skills*. Employers need multilingual communicators who can speak with people on the same cultural wavelength. Becoming a Birmingham languages graduate takes you there.
Taking German Studies alongside History is highly complementary and an exciting way to contextualise your knowledge in each discipline. Researching primary sources is a key feature of any History degree – studying German dramatically increases the range of primary sources that you will be able to access. As well as advancing your language skills on your immersive Year Abroad, you will also develop a deep understanding and appreciation of German culture.
The University of Birmingham is in the Top 10 for both German Studies and History in the Complete University Guide 2019. Taking both subjects in our Joint Honours programme is also very flexible, allowing you to specialise as you progress.
During your years of study you will take compulsory language modules depending on your language proficiency (Beginner or post A-Level). You will then choose amongst a wide range of optional modules depending on the number of credits you are taking in the language.
You can find out more about the available modules dependent on your credit weighting for your chosen language via the My Choices website. The modules listed may occasionally be subject to change.
Practising History (A): Skills in History
Practising History (B): Approaches to History
You will choose one of these modules:
Discovering the Middle Ages
Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: Making of the Modern World 1500-1800
You will also choose one of these modules:
Living in the Middle Ages
The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present
War and Society
United States History 1865-2000
History first year detailed module descriptions
Choose from one of the following:
History in Theory and Practice (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)
Professional Skills Module (20 credits) – please note: places on this module are limited
History second year detailed module descriptions
Your year abroad in the third year is compulsory. Most of our students spend it at one of our many partner universities in Germany or Austria, although some prefer to teach or work in a German-speaking country.
Year abroad information
Special Subject A+B (20 + 20 credits)
Students can also take an Advanced Option A, an Advanced Option B or a Joint Honours History dissertation for a further 20 credits or two of these modules for a further 40 credits.
If you studied Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) in year 2 you would normally be expected to do a 40 credit dissertation in History (for 80 credits in total).
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