Business Management and German BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry
Why choose this course
Our German programmes are ranked fourth in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018 and in the top ten in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.
Our Business Management and German programme develops your language skills and understanding of key business principles to develop the linguistic competence and business confidence to excel in the professional and academic world.
What you will study
This programme gives you the chance to explore how organisations of all sizes start, run and thrive, as well as the opportunity to gain near-native fluency and professional skills in the German language. The two elements of this degree programme complement each other and prepare you for a variety of careers, enhancing your knowledge and understanding of the relevant culture and society.
You will spend your third year on a placement in a country where German is spoken, giving you a real insight into business practice in the relevant country.
The Business Management element of the degree is taught in English by Surrey Business School, covering key business principles and practice.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||NR22||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Business Management and German placements
We believe that the acquisition of academic knowledge should be coupled with a strong and continuous professional training so that you graduate with a wider range of skills to make you more employable.
The Professional Training placement is one of the reasons for our very high employment rates in the School of Literature and Languages.
Professional Training is compulsory on this programme, be it in the form of a work placement or a study period abroad. We acknowledge its essential role in our degrees by awarding 120 credits for it, which (while not counting towards your final degree classification) appear in your final University transcript alongside your academic module marks.
During your first year
The Professional Training placement cycle begins right from your 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, you’ll take a module called Preparation for the Professional Training Year. This includes one-to-one meetings with an experienced team of placement tutors (one for each language), who can advise you on a placement that suits your abilities, interests and future career plans. The preparation also includes sessions on CV and cover letter writing, finances while on placement, health and safety in the workplace, insurance, accommodation, as well as talks by current placement providers, employers or experts in a particular industry.
In the past, guest speakers have included representatives from Microsoft UK, Hilton Spain and Vifor Pharma Switzerland.
During your placement
In your third year, you’re get the opportunity to practise and develop your linguistic, intercultural and transferable skills while working and/or studying abroad.
Our placement team will help you organise a placement that fits your needs. Where you go, and how many placements you do, depends on your degree programme.
Whether you do a study or work placement depends on your interests and skills. The majority of our students spend their third year working abroad, gaining valuable international work experience.
Our students make excellent candidates for placements in areas such as marketing, international relations, sales, PR, translation and even finance.
Our placement partners
We have a wide range of links with internationally renowned companies such as:
During your work placement abroad, you will receive at least two visits by your placement tutors. The purpose of this unique approach to placements is to support you in your transition to a new language, a new country and a new work environment.
They also serve the purpose of assessing your performance at work and mediating between you and your placement organisation, as well as preparing you for your final year back at University.
At the end of your Professional Training placement our goal is for you to be able to reflect upon and articulate your experience so that you can discuss it in a future job interview upon graduation.
To this end, we ask you to update your CV, write a placement report and give a presentation to first and second year students about your experience.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our graduates do exceptionally well in the employment market as a result of their academic excellence and their experience abroad.
The proficiency you’ll develop in languages, combined with your significant understanding of intercultural processes and sociopolitical contexts, will give you 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 graduates meet the expectations of prospective employers.
Our business management and language graduates 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
- Kingfisher plc
- JP Morgan
- Lloyds Banking Group
- BAE Systems
- Mazda Motors Europe
- Macmillan Publishing.
Many students go on to further study in the UK and across Europe. Graduates of our internationally recognised programmes are well prepared for the professional market, as well as for further research. Examples include:
- MA Communication and International Marketing, University of Surrey
- MA Intercultural Communication with International Business, University of Surrey
- MSc Business Analytics, University of Surrey
- MBA, University of Surrey
- MBA International Marketing, Paris-Sorbonne University.
Graduates of our internationally recognised programmes are well prepared for the professional market, as well as for further research.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
In your third year you will spend your Professional Training abroad. Students have worked at a range of companies all around the world. By working in Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
You will gain a perspective on how your peers are educated in another country, and also add to your own skills and professional experience in a global context.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Year 1 (with PTY)
Optional modules for Year 1 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 4
Year 2 (with PTY)
Optional modules for Year 2 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 5
Students choose 5 from the listed optional modules, maintaining a balance between the two subjects (3
Management options and 2 Language options)
Year 3 (with PTY)
Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6
Students choose 4 from the listed optional modules (3 from Management and 1 from Languages).
Professional Training Year (PTY)
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.
Each 15-credit module is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, computer labs and tutorials, and includes your own study time, both individual or in small groups. You will also write essays, assignments and projects individually and in groups that draw on your understanding of a particular area.
In Languages, you are taught mostly in small, interactive seminars, and almost always in the target language, while our Business Management academics are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.
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.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
MENENDEZ-LOPEZ MM Miss (Lit & Langs)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
Policies and regulations
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Offers are normally made in terms of grades.
Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||£9,250||£17,000||£1,800|
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.
How to apply
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Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Scholarship for Pioneers of Tomorrow 2018 entry
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The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry
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Surrey Prestige Scholarship 2018 entry
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