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German and Linguistics (4 Years) [BA]

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UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
4 years
Typical A-level offer
ABB-BBB including English Language at A2 or GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (grade B)

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

32-34 points overall (core points accepted), with higher level requirements 6,5,5 - 5,5,5 including English Language or GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (grade B)

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS

Course description

This course will introduce you to the study of the unique human faculty of language and to the investigation of the world's languages. You will explore a number of fascinating topics such as the ways in which dialects differ, how languages arise, change and die, how children acquire their first language, differences between the speech of men and women, how we communicate as individuals and within groups, and what happens when speakers of different languages come into contact. 

You will also discover how language can be used to shape and manipulate ideas and opinions, looking in detail at how language and thought interact in fields such as politics and advertising. In addition, you will practise key transferable skills, such as essay writing and how to give a presentation.

Our German courses at Manchester give students a solid grounding in German language and the opportunity to explore in depth German culture, linguistics, history and literature. They equip students with the skills and expertise needed to thrive in German-speaking environments, both during their period of residence abroad and following graduation.

Core German language courses at all levels of study are complemented by a variety of other subject areas, including linguistics that teaches you how the language works and a wide range of cultural and historical units that use German-language sources to improve your core language competence, as well as your wider knowledge of the German-speaking countries.

The third year includes a period spent in a German-speaking country. You can choose a work placement, teach English in schools as part of the British Council's assistantship scheme or study at our prestigious partner institutions in Berlin, Freiburg, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Basle and Innsbruck.

We have specialists in an unusually wide range of German-related subjects, so that you can focus on subjects that really appeal to you in your final year of study.

All our units include a focus on key transferable skills that help to prepare you for the world of work, as well as encouraging you to develop your academic talents.

Offers students access to the full range of linguistic studies (theoretical, descriptive, and applied).

Introduces the subject thoroughly and allows an increasing amount of choice and specialization, with excellent research-led teaching.

Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered through the Worldwide Exchange scheme. For more information about the Study Abroad Programme please consult the following:

Open days

The University holds Open Days regularly (usually June, September and October) where you have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about the facilities and courses we offer.

On this day you will find out more about the School and its resources, and meet members of academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2016 will be £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £15,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

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This course is delivered by:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3211
+44 (0)161 275 3031
Academic department overview

See: About us

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