German with Politics BA (Hons) – 2017 entry

Before coming here, I wasn’t confident about talking to people, but now I’m able to stand in front of large groups of people and give presentations.

What you'll study

This is a great combination if you want to combine fluency in German, understanding of German­-speaking societies and an awareness of political issues.

Through advanced understanding of a foreign language and the ability to employ a variety of tools for political analysis, you'll gain desirable insight into global political, economic, NGO and diplomatic affairs.

German as your Major

You will of course gain an advanced understanding of German and the fluency to express yourself in the language. But as a German Major, that's just the beginning.

Modules giving you practice in modern translation and interpreting techniques (using our brand­-new language­-technology facilities) will help you to use German as the key to examining the cultures, histories and political institutions of the societies in which German is spoken.

Our unique approach to your personal, professional and intellectual development means you can look forward to a Professional Training year, during which you can work and/or study abroad in a German­speaking country.

This means you will graduate with an international perspective, proven reserves of independence, unbeatable knowledge of international society and the professional skills to use that understanding at an advanced level (both in German and your first language).

Integrative module for German Majors

At the geographic heart of the continent, the German-speaking countries of Europe have always played a central role in the continent's most important political, cultural and economic developments.

Together with your fellow German Majors, you'll examine how German can be used to open doors to a huge range of fascinating subjects. How can the topics that you are exploring in your Minor subjects be explored through German, and vice versa?

What are the key features of studying German as an academic discipline? What skills are you acquiring that can be applied beyond the language lab?

With careful prompting by your tutor, your group will engage in discussion and debate to share the personal experiences and insights into German study resulting from examination of each Minor subject.

Reflective essays and group presentations will give you the opportunity to crystallise your thoughts, communicate what you have learned and demonstrate your understanding of the Francophone world from a more complete perspective.

Politics as your Minor

Politics is all about people and power. Taking Politics as your Minor subject will introduce you to a range of concepts, approaches and methods for political analysis that will be applicable to other disciplines too.

You will also develop an understanding of the problematic nature of political, social and economic enquiry. This fundamental basis of analytical ability (together with increased knowledge of contemporary international affairs) will enhance your capacity to think critically about events, ideas, people and institutions.

Module structure

Year 1
Major modules GermanIntegrative modules GermanMinor modules Politics

Compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules:

Year 2
Major modules GermanIntegrative modules GermanMinor modules Politics

Compulsory modules:

Plus 30 credits from (indicative list):

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (indicative list):

Professional Training Placement (optional)

Professional Training placement year, taken as a professional work placement and / or period of study abroad. Your activities during this period will be relevant to your Major subject (unless otherwise stated).

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Evaluation of Placement
  • Learning Transfer of Placement Learning
Year 3
Major modules GermanMinor modules Politics

Compulsory module:

Plus 30 credits from:

Choose a selection of modules from (indicative list):

How you'll split your time

You'll find your lectures and tutorials extremely stimulating, but a Surrey degree is so much more than just your classroom learning.

The information below details some of the extra opportunities and advantages of becoming a Surrey student. Naturally, many of these will be defined by your choice of Major (such as where you spend your Professional Training placement), but don't forget that your Minor will also add a valuable dimension to your Surrey experience.

Professional Training placements

The Professional Training placement is an integral part of our programmes.

You will spend the third year of your degree in the countries of the languages you study, working in a new exciting environment, studying at some of the most renowned continental universities, learning more about others and about yourself. You will normally spend 46 weeks on placement.

The Professional Training year can be arranged for one or two countries, depending on programme requirements and your interests.

We have an experienced placement team that will help you obtain the placements most suitable for your degree. Our placement co-ordinators have kept contacts with foreign companies for many years, and are establishing new ones all the time.

Placement destinations

The choice of destinations is wide, with placement providers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Placement organisations

We have links with internationally renowned companies and institutions such as:

  • EDF
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Eurosport
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Volkswagen
  • Mazda Motor Europe
  • Ernst & Young
  • German Academic Exchange Service

In addition to any salary you will also be eligible for an Erasmus grant. If you opt for a study placement, you can choose from a number of universities with which we have bilateral Erasmus agreements. These include universities in Heidelberg and Freiburg.

During your first year

Preparation starts in the first year when you learn about the cultures and societies related to your chosen languages and practise CV writing and presentation techniques.

During your second year

In the second year, placement preparation intensifies, with a series of workshops and seminars especially developed by the placement team, accompanied by individual meetings with the placement co-ordinators of your chosen languages.

In these meetings, you will identify the placements best suited to ensure your academic, professional and personal development.

In the case of work placements, your placement co-ordinator will help you with the application process, from CV writing and interview practice in the target language through to signing the contract.

Throughout the second year, you will attend a series of workshops focusing on specific aspects of your year abroad.

The topics covered are skills development and on-placement online support, as well as intercultural communication, business culture, financial matters, accommodation, and other relevant aspects of daily life in a foreign country covered in country-specific workshops.

You will also be invited to presentations given by final-year students returning from their placements to hear first-hand accounts and to find out more about what it is like to live in a particular country, town or city.

During your placement

Once abroad, your placement co-ordinators will be available for you if you need help or advice. They will keep in regular contact with you and also visit you on your placements, up to three times during the whole year.

These visits serve to discuss your progress, to address any issues that may have arisen and to advise you on how best to prepare for your final year at university.

Upon successful completion of your Professional Training year, you will have improved your language skills and found out more about the people whose languages and cultures you study, and you will also have gained more life experience, independence and self-confidence.

This will help you to focus your studies and career planning, and you will have acquired the skills that employers value.

Teaching

We are keen to support you in becoming an independent language learner and confident communicator, and place great emphasis on the teaching of study skills.

The teaching style is innovative and highly engaging, in both lectures and seminars. You are taught mostly in small groups, and almost always in the target language.

Tutors encourage you to participate in discussions. Individual module tutors happily discuss academic concerns and personal tutors are always ready to advise and assist you if any issues, personal or academic, should arise.

Assessment

We operate a modular system, and you are required to achieve 120 credits per year. You are normally assessed throughout and at the end of each semester, which enables you to track your progress.

Most modules are assessed through a combination of examination and coursework, which may involve essay writing, presentations, short language assignments and class tests.

Facilities

Our language-teaching facilities include digital language labs, a multimedia lab, state-of-the-art interpreting facilities, our own virtual learning environment and an e-portfolio system that appeals to the most creative amongst you.

Between classes, you can use our Language Study Area, designed for independent language learning, in the University’s purpose-built Learning Centre, which is open 24/6 and most of Sunday during semester times.

Here, you can work at your own speed and concentrate on aspects of the language that are most important to you. Practice and building confidence are crucial to successful language learning.

We have a computer network of 28 PCs offering the latest in language learning technology, including specialist software to practise subtitling and audio description, and interactive programs in 18 different languages to develop your language skills.

You can read the international press and choose from a range of books and audio materials which are graded and colour-coded for easy access to your language and level.

If you prefer film or video as a means of learning, you can access our media store of programmes and films and watch online, view live satellite TV from five countries, or choose a foreign film from our world cinema collection.

Career opportunities

Our graduates do exceptionally well in the employment market as a result of their academic excellence and their experience abroad.

Our students’ proficiency in languages, combined with their significant understanding of intercultural processes and socio-political contexts, gives them a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive international employment market.

Our emphasis on transferable skills such as presentation and research techniques, and communication across linguistic and cultural boundaries, ensures that our graduate profile fits the expectations of prospective employers.

Language graduates from the University of Surrey have gone into a wide range of careers. Some examples of companies in which our graduates have found employment in recent years include:

  • Electricité de France
  • Santander
  • Bouygues UK
  • Crédit Lyonnais
  • Eurosport
  • Goldman Sachs
  • BMW
  • Siemens
  • Mazda Motors Europe
  • BAE Systems
  • BT
  • Eurotexte
  • L’Oréal
  • LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy)
  • JP Morgan

Many students go on to further study across Europe. Examples include:

  • MSc Development Studies at SOAS
  • ESCPEAP (Madrid/Berlin)
  • MBA European Business at University of Reutlingen, Germany
  • MBA International Marketing at Sorbonne, Paris
  • MA European Studies, Cambridge/Sorbonne
  • PGCE/CAPES

Our own Department offers a broad range of postgraduate degree programmes in Translation Studies. Graduates of our internationally recognised programmes are well prepared for the professional market, as well as for further research.

We are proud that the MA Translation programme has been selected to join the European Commission’s European Masters Network (EMT).

The Global Graduate Award in Languages

This programme gives you the opportunity to study an additional foreign language alongside your degree programme. You can start a new language, brush up a half-forgotten one or continue a language you have learned previously.

The programme is open to all Surrey students free of charge, and students from departments across the University are brought together by their mutual interest in foreign languages and cultures.

All language modules are accredited for undergraduate students. While these credits do not count towards your degree, they are recorded on your transcript as the Global Graduate Award in Languages. You may opt for a language module in each year of your undergraduate studies.

We offer ten languages at different levels:

  • Arabic
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English (Advanced)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

The teaching is communicative and student-centred. Special emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills, and the programme materials are authentic and related to real-life contexts.

We have a team of about 30 dedicated and experienced tutors, all of whom are native speakers or of native-speaker qualification.

This programme comprises one two-hour session per week for 19 weeks over two semesters.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

AAB

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

Grade B in German at A-level, or equivalent, is required.

One social science or humanities subject preferred.

There is no requirement for an A-level in Politics.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day.

Other entry requirements

Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 4 Years ASV2 View KIS data set

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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Other Major/minor Courses

What does it mean to study a course as a major or minor?

A Major/Minor degree lets you build in-depth knowledge of one subject (your Major) while also studying another topic (your Minor). At Surrey, your Major/Minor degree also includes an integrative module that allows you to develop a unique understanding of how your two chosen subjects relate to each other.

The type and title of the degree conferred upon you will reflect your Major subject while acknowledging your Minor. For example, you could receive BA (Hons) English Literature with Psychology, BSc (Hons) Politics with Creative Writing, BMus (Hons) Music with Digital Media Arts, etc.

What are the pros and cons of studying a Major/Minor course?

A Major/Minor degree gives you the opportunity to build a much broader base of knowledge than a traditional single-subject degree, but without sacrificing the opportunity to acquire real expertise in a particular field. You will come into contact with students, academics and ideas from two disciplines rather than one.

There are a small number of careers that require graduate membership of a chartered institute, for which an accredited single-honours degree may be necessary, or which require particular postgraduate or doctoral qualifications that may only be gained after completing an undergraduate degree in a specific, single-honours subject. However, for the overwhelming majority of career paths this is not the case and in most cases there are conversion courses or equivalency allowances should you later decide you wish to follow a career with these requirements. Please speak to a careers advisor for further clarification.

What would studying a Major/Minor course mean for my job prospects?

Modern employers rarely demand a specific degree relevant to their field or sector, instead preferring culturally aware people who can place their knowledge in a wider context, who have used their time as a student to develop personally and intellectually as well as academically, and who leave university with impressive professional workplace experience already under their belt.

Because of this, it is the graduates who have combined academic achievement with the development of critical skills, who have acquired the capacity for independent learning across a range of subjects and who are comfortable dealing with a wide variety of colleagues and clients who will find themselves in greater and greater demand.

How will my time be split on a Major/Minor programme?

As you'd expect, the majority of your degree modules, exams, coursework and assessment marks will come from your Major subject. As a guideline, we would expect you to spend around 70% of your time studying for your Major, with the remaining 30% dedicated to your Minor. However, our Major/Minor framework allows you to choose from a flexible range of optional modules, so the actual balance will depend on your own preferences and requirements.

Remember also that Surrey Major/Minor degrees include our unique integrative modules, which bring you together with your fellow students to reflect on how your Major and Minor subjects complement each other.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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