German Studies

Our native-speaker language tutors and residence abroad placements give you the opportunity to encounter a wide range of linguistic and cultural experience.

As one of the oldest departments of its type in the UK, German Studies has a rich and renowned heritage and boasts expertise in an unusually broad range of areas, including cultural and intellectual history, film studies, gender studies, Holocaust studies, linguistics, literature, minority culture, translation, and social and political history.

You’ll have access to study and work placements in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as part of your residence abroad.

With dedicated native-speaker language tutors, as well as world-leading scholars, our courses put the practical study of the German language at the heart of a degree programme that focuses on the highest intellectual standards alongside future employability.

As part of a large and diverse academic School, we provide you with a personalised learning environment and a wealth of choice and flexibility. Studying in Manchester means you’ll live in a vibrant city that hosts an exciting range of German cultural events.

We cater for both post A-level students and beginners in the language, who take an intensive programme of specialist teaching.

Why German Studies at Manchester?

  • Strong links with the Goethe Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum, which sponsor a varied programme of cultural events.
  • An impressive employment record for our graduates, who have secured jobs with prestigious organisations including the BBC, Blaupunkt, Bosch and IBM.
  • 90% of our students achieve a First or Upper Second class degree (2016-17).

Find out more

Hear from staff and students about studying German at The University of Manchester in the video below.


    I currently present the BBC’s One O’Clock News. I used my languages extensively when I worked for the BBC in Brussels for two years in the 90s. I love the fact I can speak French and German. Languages have given me the opportunity to travel a lot with the BBC as well as live abroad for various spells. Being fluent in another language is such a wonderful skill and you feel a real sense of achievement. It really opens your eyes to the rest of the world as well.

    Sophie Raworth / Sophie Raworth, Journalist and Broadcaster, BA (Hons) French and German alumna