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B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 32 places ; CAO points: 372-506 (2018)

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  • German and Modern Language
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    T: +353 1 896 1373

    germanic@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/Germanic_Studies

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    Why study German?

    German is spoken by some 100 million Europeans. Studying German at an in-depth level is excellent preparation for the world of work and is likely to make you highly employable in Ireland, the EU, and further afield.

    German: The course for you?

    We teach most of our language and culture modules in small groups, which is a considerable advantage when learning a language and sets us apart from most other universities in Ireland and further afield. We also offer Beginners German in first year.

    Whether you are a beginner or have completed German to post-Leaving Certificate (or equivalent), with us you will acquire advanced competence and fluency, spoken and written, in the German language. You will also develop reading and communication skills alongside methods of research and analysis in literature, history, culture, film, and society of the German speaking countries.

    German at Trinity

    If you are interested in exploring Germanic culture, history, and society from the late 18th century to the present, then our programme is for you. We do this by examining diverse cultural products - prose, drama, film, and material culture.

    Pathways

    The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Recent UK research suggests that graduates with a degree in German are the highest-paid language graduates. Small wonder: Germany is the largest national economy in Europe and the fifth largest economy in the world. It is a major export destination for Irish goods and the second most important source of Foreign Direct Investment for Ireland. Competence in German gives you a competitive advantage in the domestic job market as well as in the job markets of the German-speaking world. Employers value the language skills of German graduates, and their ‘transferable skills’: the creativity, confidence, and sensitivity which marks the advanced linguist, and the maturity and flexibility that comes from engaging with another culture, and from experience gained abroad. Recent graduates work for Google, Deutsche Bank, and Enterprise Ireland, also in telecoms, IT, education, public service, the media, law, and in universities in Ireland, Europe, and North America.

    Do you enjoy…

    • Language learning with native speakers in small groups, theatre rehearsals, debates, and other social activities?
    • Finding out about the culture of one of Europe’s and the world’s foremost nations, the centre of seismic global intellectual and political events from the 18th century to the present?
    • Challenging received wisdom, thinking critically, analytically, independently?

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    At entry, German must be combined with one other subject. In later years, you may select additional subjects and electives and will have the option to graduate with German as a Single Honors degree, a Joint Honors degree with another subject, or a Major with a Minor.

    First and second years

    There are approximately 10 hours of classes per week in first year. The course covers three key areas:

    • Language programme: This builds on the written, oral, and aural skills you acquired at school and develops fluency and accuracy in expression.
    • Area studies introduces you to society, political and cultural issues in modern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
    • Literature and textual studies introduces you to key aspects of modern German literature and film, and to reading and analysing literary and non-literary texts in German.

    In addition to language classes, second year introduces you to the origins, experience, and on-going impact of National Socialism in Germany (1933-1945). This core module encompasses history, literature, film, and aspects of Memory Studies and Holocaust Studies. Accompanying seminars with a literary, filmic, cultural, or historical focus will enable you to deepen your knowledge of this era and its aftermath..

    Third and fourth years

    In third year, Business & German and Law & German students will study abroad. Other students of German are also encouraged to study abroad. If you stay in Dublin, alongside your language classes you will take a core module in German intellectual history, culture, and literature from the Enlightenment through the 20th century and you will choose from accompanying seminars in literary, cultural, and historical studies.

    In fourth year, these specialist interests are extended through advanced options that link undergraduate study to staff research expertise.

    Assessment

    You will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, and journals. Language modules are assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    Study abroad

    A year or semester studying abroad is a highlight of a German student’s Trinity experience. Immersing oneself in the language and culture is one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. Single Honors students have a compulsory third year of study abroad and other students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester abroad also. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in a German-speaking country prior to taking your final exams. We currently have exchange agreements with Cologne, Göttingen, Konstanz, and Vienna universities.

    Visit us:

    If you are considering studying German, but want to be sure, you are welcome to sample some lectures in the department during teaching terms. You may also discuss your options with a member of the teaching staff. Contact us by email or phone.

    What our current students say

    Niall Alsalfi

    Choosing German as part of my Joint Honors degree has allowed me the opportunity to achieve a deep understanding of German culture, history and literature while also giving me the opportunity to reach an advanced level of spoken and written German. If this sounds appealing to you, then German is a perfect complement to virtually any degree you should wish to study.

    What our graduates say

    John Gavin

    The German component of my degree has not only prepared me for working in a European business where I speak German every day, but also to cope with the day to day cultural differences, which one faces on a daily basis. Over the past two years working in an international company, I have noticed how my degree has given me a distinct competitive edge in regards to spoken level of German, understanding the German culture, being open to other cultures in general and confidence in public speaking when working in an international environment.

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

    CAO Points Required

    372-506 (2018)

    Number of Places

    32

    Minimum entry points required are 372-506 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Leaving Certificate

    H4

    German

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade C

    German

     

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • German and Modern Language
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    T: +353 1 896 1373

    germanic@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/Germanic_Studies