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About German Studies – University of Reading

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About German Studies

The Brandenburg GateGerman Studies at University of Reading is known for its excellence in teaching and research as well as its outstanding student support.  In the 2015 National Student Survey, German Studies achieved a score of 100% overall student satisfaction. 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 undergraduate to PhD. This is supported by the broad array of subjects we cover including German literature from the 18th to the 21st century, German film, German linguistics as well as East and West German post war history and society and German and Austrian current affairs. The flexible, modular system allows students to take single or joint honours degrees and combine German with other relevant subjects including Management, Economics, International Relations, History and English Language and Literature, as well as with French, Italian and Spanish. Our staff support this extensive programme with their research activities and their commitment to teaching and students' career development.

German Studies here at Reading part of the research intensive department of Modern Languages and European Studies, with 65% of our research output judged to be of international standard in the 2014 Research Evaluation Framework. Staff research interests cover translation, travel literature, War Cinema, East German film and literature, German public and political discourse, contrastive analysis of lexis and discourse across languages. In particular, German Studies has distinguished itself in the academic community through its extensive collection of German films, which is in the process of digitization, and through the  East German Studies' Archive. This is the only facility of its kind in the UK and comprises an extensive collection of materials which is used by academics and postgraduate students from across the UK.

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. 90% of our graduates go into work or further study within six months after graduating.  They are successful in many different walks of life including the publishing sector, marketing, teaching and work for international organisations.

For more information on the individual programmes within German Studies please see our undergraduate courses page.

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