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Department of German

Germany today is the political, economic, artistic and intellectual powerhouse of the European Union. Knowledge of the mother tongue of 100 million people has never been more important for governments, businesses and private citizens, and students of German are therefore consistently amongst the most sought-after graduates for major employers.

The Department of German was ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise), 4th in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2013. Our School of Modern Languages has been ranked 2nd in The Guardian University Guide 2018.

The Department of German is a flourishing and active community with an intake of around 80 undergraduates a year and a growing postgraduate presence. With seven members of staff, a mixture of young and established scholars, a proven track record of teaching excellence and cutting-edge research in a number of disciplines, St Andrews is one of the few institutions in the UK able to offer such an imaginative, challenging, modern and diverse approach to the study of German.

At the heart of our undergraduate curriculum is a specially designed language teaching programme that caters both for students who have already studied German as a main subject at school and for beginners. Furthermore, students have scope to follow their own particular interests by choosing from a broad range of course options that reflect and explore the rich cultural heritage of the German-speaking lands, including: medieval studies, literature and society from the eighteenth century to the present day, linguistics, film, and intellectual history. Moreover, a wide variety of degree schemes lets students combine two or three languages, or link German with subjects as diverse as International Relations, Theology, or Management.

Cologne Cathedral at night; source of the original image; used under the terms of the Creative Commons 3.0 License

Contact details

Dr Andrew Cusack
Head of Department of German
School of Modern Languages
University of St Andrews
St Andrews KY16 9PH
Scotland, UK

Telephone: +44 1334 463661