BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) OR BSc (Hons) NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

German is one of the most widely spoken first language in Europe, and, in economic terms, Germany’s strength is undisputed. Studying German, therefore, offers an array of cultural and business opportunities. Our teaching involves not only the language, but also the arts and culture of the German speaking countries, equipping graduates with valuable intercultural understanding and key transferable skills.

Our students are strongly encouraged to spend an Erasmus year abroad at a host university in Austria or Germany as part of their degree. A year abroad is a valuable experience, which allows you to perfect your language skills and to broaden your horizons. This is recognised in the degree title itself: BA Arts students who successfully complete a year abroad graduate with a BA Arts International. Places may be limited and preference will be given to those with higher results. If you wish to study more than one language with a buily-in year abroad, consider the BA Modern Languages degree.

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

You will study core language modules alongside a range of modules in culture, history, literature and translation. Examples of modules include:

First Year

  • German Language for Beginners
  • German Language for Non-Beginners
  • Reading German Literature
  • German History on Screen
  • Spoken German for Beginners

Second & Final Year

  • German Language (including Intensive German for Ex-Beginners)
  • Transcultural Encounters I & II
  • Modernist German Literature
  • Translation English-German & German-English
  • German-Speaking Enlightenment
  • Contemporary German Prose
  • Radical Thinkers

German is taught in lectures, classes and through independent study and recommended reading. Project work or group work may also feature.

Most modules have one major assessment component such as an essay or an examination paper, plus one or more smaller continuous assessment components.

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How Will I Study
Study German
Study German (BSc Social Sciences) as a minor with one of the following:
Political & International Relations Economics
International Study Opportunities

The additional year abroad for the BA International can be spent at one of the following of our partner institutions:

  • Bayreuth
  • Berlin (FU)
  • Erfurt
  • Erlangen
  • Graz
  • Konstanz
  • Leipzig
  • Münster
  • Munich
  • Potsdam
  • Vienna
  • Würzburg
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

German is a passport to global careers. Our graduates have found lucrative employment in many different areas including:, Advertising, Business, Finance, Civil/Diplomatic Service, International Relations, Journalism, Politics, Teaching, Translating, Academia & Research, Careers in the EU.

A degree in German is an ideal pathway to graduate study. Our graduate programmes include the MA in Modern Languages, MA in Applied Linguistics and MLitt in German. We also offer supervision for doctoral research in a range of specialised areas.

Other Entry Routes

“German has proved to be of great value to me, both professionally and personally. In my job, I deal with the language on a daily basis, and couldn’t imagine performing my current role without the variety of skills I acquired during the International Modern Languages programme. What will remain with me most of all, however, is the passion for study and for languages imparted to me by the faculty members – approachable and knowledgeable, the lecturers made my time at UCD a rewarding and fulfilling experience.”

Seán O’Keeffe, Graduate

Contact Information

Melanie Pape
UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 8302

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