BA German and Media (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    PR32
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 92% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The German and Media degree is offered by experts in Media and Communication, 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

  • The BA Media and Communication incorporates distinct pathways in media, film, public relations, journalism and practical media.
  • The programme combines the study of history, theory and practice that incorporates skills and techniques relevant to the modern digital media, digital journalism, creative digital practice; video production; radio production; film and public relations industries.
  • The BA equips graduates with generic broad-based skills to specialise in further study or essential skills for the professional workplace.
  • 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 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MS-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising the Media
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AHT200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Profiad Gwaith
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HUA203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital War
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLF226ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Cinema Since World War II
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MS-221Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Media Practice
MS-228Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Video Production
MS-231Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Journalism
MSP200RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Public Relations Theory
MSP201RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital Public Relations Practice
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation
MSS217Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Reading the Screen: ideas and ideologies on screen
MSW200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Cyfryngau Ymarferol
MSW202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Cyfryngau a Chymdeithas
MSW205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creu a Chyflwyno Testunau
MSW206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Dogfen ar y sgrîn
MSW207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfathrebu Digidol
MSW208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theori Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
PO-234Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Elections and Voting
AND
German Compulsory Modules- selective 

Choose Maximum Of 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Advanced- select a total of 30cr, ensuring a balance in TB1 and TB2. Intermediate- select a total of 20cr.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2
MLG201ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 2A
MLG201BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 2B
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
MLG234ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate German A
MLG234BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate German B
MLG235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 2
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits. Please remember you must have an equal number of credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AHT200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Profiad Gwaith
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
AM-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HUA203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital War
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
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
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLG235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 2
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MS-221Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Media Practice
MS-228Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Video Production
MS-231Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Journalism
MS-235Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media Law
MSP200RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Public Relations Theory
MSP201RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital Public Relations Practice
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation
MSS217Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Reading the Screen: ideas and ideologies on screen
MSW200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Cyfryngau Ymarferol
MSW202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Cyfryngau a Chymdeithas
MSW205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creu a Chyflwyno Testunau
MSW206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Dogfen ar y sgrîn
MSW207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfathrebu Digidol
MSW208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theori Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
PO-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights and Global Justice
PO-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film

Description

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

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in a Modern Language. 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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,300

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. 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


"The year spent studying Media and Communication in Swansea University is my best study experience ever in my life. It helped to lay the foundation of my career that I have now. I work for China Central Television 6 World Film Report programme as a reporter and international producer. I travel around the world to cover film festivals and interview film producers, directors, actors and actors from different countries. I’m always grateful to my teachers in Swansea who introduced me to the world of Journalism and Media studies. The knowledge and experience I gained in Swansea is crucial to my career now."

Dan Mu

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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