BA German and History (4 year)

Course Overview

The joint honours German and History degree is offered by experts in Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History and German literature, culture, gender studies, history, translation, music and contemporary writing.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • Students can study modules in British, European, American and Welsh History.
    All of our degrees combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the German- speaking world. 
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Germany. 
  • Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Practice of History
Optional Modules
History Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 2 x 20 credit modules. Students may only enrol in ONE Section of HIH266

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Heirs of Rome: The Making of Christendom, Byzantium, and Islam in the Early Middle Ages, 400-800
HIH222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, 1789-1815
HIH226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Post-War Reconstruction: Europe 1945 - 1956
HIH227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Britain 1250-1461
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Golden Age of Iberia, 1450-1700
HIH240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Europe 1500-1650: Renaissance, Reformation and Religious War
HIH246Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century World
HIH252Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Society in the Anglo-Norman World
HIH253Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HIH266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching and Re-telling the Past : The Swansea University Centenary (TB1)
HIH266BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching and Re-telling the past: Medieval Women (TB2)
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HIH268Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20From War to Revolution: France 1914-1968
HIH272Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Cold War
HIH272WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Credoau'r Cymry: Astudio Athroniaeth ac Athrawiaeth Gymreig o Safbwynt Rhyngwladol
HIH273Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Deformity, Deviance and Difference: Exploring Disability History
HIH274Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Conflict & Memory: Europe in the Twentieth Century
HIH275Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Making Modern Medicine: Doctors, Patients, and Society, 1800-2000
HIH276Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age England
HIH277Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Whose Past Is It Anyway? Exploring the Heritage Industry
HIH278Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolutionary America, 1760 - 1791
HUA206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Wars and Conflicts
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933
MLF240WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy
German General Language Compulsory Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of Language modules. Advanced- select 30cr Intermediate- select 40cr

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Almaeneg 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
MLG270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2B
AND
German Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Advanced students select 30 credits, intermediate select 20 credits. You must ensure an equal number of credits are in each semester.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2
MLG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vienna Underground: Subterranean Views of a Twentieth-Century City
MLG204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture
MLG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Poetry Lab: From Minnesang to Modernity
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation

Description

Students study six modules, three in German and three in History.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level to include a B in a Modern Language and a B in History. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"I spent the third year of my German Studies degree at Swansea University doing a 10-month internship at the Siemens translation department in Munich. Moving to a different country to work in a German environment was a big step and quite a challenge, but it was reassuring to know that the team of lecturers at Swansea were behind me. The internship was a great experience and one that I am very grateful for, as it opened the door for me after I graduated, when Siemens took me on as a full-time Translation Manager. I moved permanently to Munich and have worked at Siemens ever since."

Ula Mitchell


“I chose Swansea University because it is a campus based university where there are lots of student sports clubs and societies, it is easy to get around and meet people, and the social life on campus is great. The location of the University could not be better; the proximity of the campus to the beach, the vibrant city centre and the surrounding parkland is fantastic. I chose History at Swansea as the course offers a great variation of topics and the modules are really interesting. They stretch from the ancient empires of China and India, to the Second World War." 

Alistair Kirk

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in German will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Translaton and Interpreting

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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