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Course summary

We all communicate. And we are all communicated to. This degree gives you a chance to think critically about, analyse and understand media and communication. You'll look at issues globally but also within a specific German context. International media and communications Explore technology, content and formats - what we use, what we say and how we say it. Just as importantly you'll look at the impact - how individuals, groups and societies engage with different forms of media and communication. German studies You can start the degree with A-level German or as a beginner. Whichever pathway you take you'll build your language skills to near-native competence by the end. You will also study culture, history and politics to get a full appreciation of the German-speaking world. Your third year will be spent abroad in Germany or Austria. This exciting experience develops your communication skills and really helps you stand out to future employers.


You will divide your studies equally between German and media and communications. In German, year one core language modules develop the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Post-A level German students will take further optional modules focusing on areas of German studies of their choice. Beginners will work intensively on a structured language programme to enable rapid progress. In addition, you will take a core German Studies module introducing you to the study of German linguistics, literature, history and film. In international media and communications studies you will be introduced to cultural and communications theories, and debates surrounding mass media and new media. In year two, your language studies will be developed to prepare you for the year abroad, as well as deepening your understanding of German history and culture. On the beginners’ route you will continue to work intensively on key skills in the German language in preparation for the year abroad. You will also take a core introduction to Contemporary Germany module. In international media and communications studies, you will explore issues around public relations, political communication and global media and news production. You will also receive specific research training in the area of culture, film and media in order to lay the foundation for your final-year dissertation. Your third academic year is spent in Germany or Austria on a programme of studies in a higher education institution, working as an assistant in a school or on a work placement. Study placements in Europe will be arranged through the Turing Scheme and build on our long-standing connections with partner institutions. Your final year is spent back at Nottingham. You will consolidate your command of the German language obtained during your year abroad, as well as deepening your understanding of German literature, cinema and politics. Former beginners and post-A level students take the same German language classes, and graduate at the same level in German. Modules in international media and communications studies will allow you to explore the political issues arising from, among other things, cultural policy and media coverage of conflict. You will also undertake a dissertation project under the close supervision of a member of staff with knowledge of your chosen area. Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - 75% overall including at least 8.0 in German (if taking). No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £21500* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £21500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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German and International Media and Communications Studies at University of Nottingham - UCAS