BA German and Welsh (second language / 4 year)

Course Overview

If you'd like to study Cymraeg in a friendly department that has earned a world-class reputation for the standard of its research, then Abertawe is the place for you! With an emphasis on developing core skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, studying Welsh in an international context with German at Swansea prepares you for a broad range of career options.

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

  • A 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.

Welsh 

  • An education of the highest standard delivered by a team of enthusiastic and experienced staff
  • Small classroom sizes and increased contact hours
  • Funding opportunities by studying through the medium of Welsh
  • Opportunities for work experience
  • Two languages, two cultures; twice the opportunities, twice the fun!

German

  • In the first year all students follow a language module which builds on your knowledge of spoken and written German and a module on German culture designed to introduce you to the rich diversity of film, literature and history of Germany. There are optional modules on German for Professional Purposes, European Cinema and Fiction. You can also study German as a beginner.
  • In the second and final year you continue to develop your language skills and choose from optional modules such as: Twentieth Century Berlin: Myth and Reality; Vienna Underground; German Song Cultures; The Meanings of Fairy Tales; Modernism and Desire: Germany 1890-1933; Shifting Identities in Modern Germany and a Dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-116Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Cyflwyno
CY-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Testun a Chyd-destun
CY-136Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Beirniadol
Optional Modules
Beginners (i.e. with no previous knowledge of German) 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German for Beginners I
MLG109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German for Beginners II
OR
Advanced (i.e. with 'A' level) German 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG110ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 1 A
MLG110BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 1B
AND
 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits of modules from the list below OR select 20 credits of Languages for All modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLG117ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 1AIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLG117B.
MLG117BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 1BIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLG117A.
AND
Languages for All Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pairs of modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLD140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Coding for All 1
MLD141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Coding for All 2
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-281Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cymraeg Proffesiynol
Optional Modules
German General Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate General Language module pair (ADVANCED OR INTERMEDIATE).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG201ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 2A
MLG201BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 2B
MLG234ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate German A
MLG234BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate German B
AND
German Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least one of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG244Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema of the New Millennium
AND
German Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select requisite modules to ensure a total of 120 credits.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2If you pursue this module you must also select MLG235.
MLG235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 2If you pursue this module you must also select MLG210.
MLI245Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation
AND

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CY-351Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Iaith: Meistroli
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
Optional Modules
German Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema in the New Millennium
AND
German Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If appropriate select 20 credits of modules to make up 60 credits in German.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLC335ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3AIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLC335B.
MLC335BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3BIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLC335A.
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLG350.
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLG310C.
MLI345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity
OR

Description

Students study six modules a year, 3 in German and 3 in Welsh.

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in Modern Language/Welsh. 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. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. 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 four unforgettable years at the Welsh department and throughout my time there I knew I could turn to any one of the staff to discuss anything, anytime. It's a friendly environment with outstanding one to one support and I believe that a degree in Welsh from Swansea has been instrumental in securing my current post. Working bilingually opens many doors and I am grateful that the Welsh department at Aacademi Hywel Teifi laid the foundations for my career".

Zoe Rushton, Producer, Doctor Who BBC Wales


"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. Thanks to the longstanding relationship between the Swansea German Department and Siemens Sprachendienst, I have had the opportunity to welcome quite a few Swansea undergraduates who also chose to do their internship at Siemens in Munich – they always keep me up-to-date with the latest news from Swansea!"

Ula Mitchell

 

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.