About German Studies
German Studies at University of Reading is known for its excellence in teaching and research as well as its outstanding student support. The German Studies Programme is a small but thriving part of the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies and enjoys a long and successful tradition. We combine the study of language and culture with innovative approaches that respond to the changing needs of students.
We offer a wide range of courses at all levels of study from beginner to A-level, from undergraduate to PhD. This is supported by the broad array of subjects we cover including German and Austrian literature, media and the languages of society, film and history and society from 1750 to the present. The flexible, modular system allows students to take single or joint honours degrees and combine German with 14 other subjects. Our staff support this extensive programme with their research activities and their commitment to teaching and students' career development.
German Studies here at Reading is research intensive, with 65% of our research output judged to be of international standard in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. Staff research interests cover modern German prose fiction and narrative theory, the language of politics, discourse analysis, nineteenth century Austrian drama, the socialist avant-garde, dictionaries and valency and text linguistics. In particular, German Studies has distinguished itself in the academic community through its research Centre for East German Studies. This is the only facility of its kind in the UK and comprises an extensive archive and a research network in Great Britain and Germany. Students, researchers and institutions have benefited from the materials and consultancy we provide as well as the international conferences and key publications the Centre has issued.
Studying German at Reading will give you the chance to develop your potential fully and prepare yourself effectively for a career. Our graduates distinguish themselves through their high employability and are successful in many different walks of life.
For more information on the individual programmes within German Studies please see our undergraduate courses page.