English Literature and German at Swansea University - UCAS

Course summary

English Literature and German with a Year Abroad is an exciting and challenging course enabling you to focus studies across two languages. Explore over a thousand years of literature from the early Medieval period to the present day, including centuries of Welsh literature. Delve into some provocative questions that writing can unveil around gender, culture and more. You will also become a scholar of the rich language, history, literature, film and culture of modern Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The course covers German language, fiction, translation, and language teaching. Benefit from our excellent resources including language labs and our weekly language cafes, where you can meet and talk to native speakers and exchange students and practise your language skills. You will further enhance your career prospects by spending a Year Abroad in Germany, where you will study in a university, undertake a work placement, or teach in a school. This four-year course covers both national and global literature from the Renaissance and Gothic genres, 19th century literature and contemporary fiction. You can also select modules around creative and professional writing. Our lecturers and professors are established writers whose works have been widely published, broadcast, and performed. They include chief poets and winners of the Welsh Book of the Year competition. Swansea is the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, widely regarded by many literary scholars as one of the twentieth century's most influential lyrical poets, and amongst the finest of all time. The university’s links to the legacy of Dylan Thomas remain with our annual Dylan Thomas Prize for Literature and through research conducted in our Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW). Throughout this course you can also get involved in projects with the Dylan Thomas Centre and the National Theatre Wales. Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, the university's location provides an excellent place to study. Students can enjoy both a thriving city and beautiful beaches and coastlines. Outside of their studies, our students benefit from our lively English Student Society, which organises a range of literary, social, and cultural events. Our degree programmes aim to support students prepare for their future world of work. You will access support and guidance through the university’s Careers Service and Work Placement Team and all students have access to events, workshops, and employer talks, including an annual conference for students in June to support final year students with the transition into employment or further study. English Literature at Swansea is ranked:

  • Top 101-150 in the World (QS World Rankings 2023)
  • Ranked 11th in UK for Research Impact (REF2021)
  • 97% of graduates in employment &/or study, or doing other activities, such as travelling, 15 months after leaving Swansea University (HESA 2023)
German at Swansea is ranked:
  • 11th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2024)
  • Top 20 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024)
  • Top 20 in the UK for Overall Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024)
Graduates go on to enter careers in a wide range of sectors including education, marketing, media, translation and language planning, public services, politics and more. Please visit our course page for more information https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/culture-communication/english-literature-creative-writing/ba-english-literature-german/


Your first year will include a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, with examples of compulsory modules from recent years including: • Introduction to Culture and Linguistic Traditions • German Language or German Language for Beginners Your second and third years will comprise entirely optional modules from a large range of subject areas. Examples of optional modules in recent years have included: • German Translation Workshop • Dialogue Interpreting • Medieval Encounters • Crime Fiction since 1920 Your final year will include an optional independent dissertation project. For the full programme structure and module breakdown, please visit our webpage at https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/culture-communication/english-literature-creative-writing/ba-english-literature-german/

Assessment method

We offer a variety of assessment methods within our programmes. In addition to traditional examinations and essays, examples of alternative assessment include: • Presentations • Group Work • Oral Examinations Throughout your undergraduate English Literature and German degree, you will develop excellent research and analytical skills and learn to present your ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. For full breakdown of course structure and assessment please visit our course page https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/culture-communication/english-literature-creative-writing/ba-english-literature-german/ or get in touch with us at [email protected]

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If you are an international applicant please visit our international pages for more information and details on how to apply: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

English Language Requirements at Swansea University


Fees and funding

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English Literature and German at Swansea University - UCAS