This flexible degree allows you to become fluent in German while exploring literature, cinema, philosophy, politics, history or specialised uses of language. Core modules will improve your language skills and introduce you to German culture and society, but you'll also choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics such as translation, using German in a professional context and representations of war and conflict.
International Relations offers the chance to learn about how states interact with each other, as well as the impacts and contributions of organisations such as the UN. You'll combine core modules on key topics such security and the concepts, theories and research methods of international relations with a range of optional modules. You can explore topics that interest you, from the politics of aid to the complexities of Middle Eastern politics and the rise of extreme right parties in Europe.
The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
If you're choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You'll study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
You'll sharpen your language skills in your first year, as well as exploring German culture, history or translation. Following this you'll continue with core language study and choose from optional modules on topics such as German cinema or politics in the 'Berlin Republic'. All of this will prepare you to spend your time abroad working or studying in a German-speaking country. When you return, you'll take advanced language classes and choose from further options, including the use of German as a professional language.
You'll develop your understanding of key concepts, theories and methods in international politics in your first year, while studying different political systems from around the world. From there you'll expand your knowledge in the following year with core modules in security studies and theoretical approaches to international relations. You'll also choose from optional and discovery modules in your second and third years exploring topics as diverse as terrorism, US foreign policy and political psychology.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including A in German.
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that you're intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
You'll have good research skills, and you'll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You'll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you'll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. They've gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
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Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your third year in a German-speaking country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.
We have partnerships with a number of universities in Germany and Austria where you could study, or you could apply for a paid work placement either with one of our partner companies or with an organisation of your choice. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council's programme.
Whatever you choose to do, you'll gain a new insight into German-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you'll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it's the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in German