BA German and Media (4 year)

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 an academic mentor 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)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
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
MS-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Media Communication
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 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
AND
Languages- Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits in German appropriate to your language Stream, Advanced or Intermediate

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2To be taken with MLG260B.
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
AND
Languages Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one module, ensuring that you have an equal number of credits in each TB overall.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG208Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Improving your German with Poetry

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
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 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Improving your German with Poetry
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3
MLT307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option
MLT330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Local Government Option
AND
Media Options 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3 X 20 credit modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language in the Media
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Futures
MS-307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Practical Web Technologies
MS-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Online Journalism
MS-310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dissertation PreparationMust be taken with MS-311
MS-311Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20DissertationMust be taken with MS-310
MS-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Video ProductionCannot be taken with MS-327
MS-327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Radio ProductionCannot be taken with MS-323
MS-332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MSP300RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Strategy, Marketing and Branding
MSS312Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media & Communication Internship
MSW302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Drama a Dogfen ar y sgrîn
MSW303Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cyfryngau
MSW304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith a'r Cyfryngau
MSW305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cynhyrchu a Gwerthu: Cynhyrchiad Aml-blatfform
MSW306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Strategaeth, Brandio a Marchnata
MSW307Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
MSW308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol

Description

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

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB at A-Level (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. Students should also have a B grade at GCSE in a relevant language. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS 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

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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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