BA German and Film (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    R2P3
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 92% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The German and Film degree is offered by experts in European film, 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.
  • The programme combines the study of film, history, language, translation and culture. 
  • 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)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
MS-103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Film Studies
MSS106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hollywood: A History of American Film
Optional Modules
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 Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Either select one film module and 20 credits of languages modules OR select one fim module and 20 credits of Languages for All modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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 1A
MLG117BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 1B
MS-103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Film Studies
AND
Languages for All Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
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
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

None found.

Optional Modules
German General Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules.

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 module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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 up to 20 credits of modules, if required.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2AIf you pursue this module you must also select MLC235B.
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2BIf you pursue this module you must also select MLC235A.
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
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 one or more of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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 : Select 20 credits of modules, if required.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-302WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Chwyldro Ffrengig
ML-305WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Patagonia Gyfoes
MLC335ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3AIf you pursue this module you must also select MLC335B.
MLC335BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3BIf you pursue this module you must also select MLC335A.
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)If you pursue this module you must also select MLG350.
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3If you pursue this module you must also select MLG310C.
AND
Film Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3 x 20 credit modules, ensure that these balance with your language modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MS-310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dissertation PreparationIf you pursue this module you must also select MS-311.
MS-311Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20DissertationIf you pursue this module you must also select MS-310.
MS-332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MSS302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Signing the Screen: Film and Television Authorship

Description

Students study six modules, four in German and two in Film.

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 GCSE. 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 Quote

"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.