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. 

At St Andrews, you have scope to follow your 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, linguistics, film, intellectual history, and literature and society from the 18th century to the present day.


Undergraduate - 2019 entry

German MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take German MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree, Modern Language degree, or "with" degree.

Undergraduate - 2020 entry

German MA (Hons)
Gateway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)

Joint degree options

You can take German MA (Hons) with another subject as part of a joint degree, Modern Language degree, or "with" degree.

Postgraduate - 2019 entry


German Studies MLitt
German and Comparative Literature MLitt 
Crossways in Cultural Narratives Erasmus Mundus MLitt
Cultural Identity Studies MLitt

Research degree

The School of Modern Languages offers a Master of Studies by Research (MSt (Res)). Find out more about the MSt (Res)


Please contact a supervisor in your research area to enquire about PhD opportunities.

Student life

The Department of German is a flourishing and active community with an intake of around 80 to 100 undergraduates a year and a growing postgraduate presence.

The student-run German Society hosts regular student events including a popular weekly Stammtisch (a friendly get-together), German film screenings and an annual Oktoberfest. The society also performs a play in German every year, and previous plays have been on tour and performed in the National Drama Week. 

Visit St Andrews


If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day or talk and tour to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 25 September 2019
  • Wednesday 2 October 2019
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019
  • Wednesday 23 October 2019
  • Wednesday 30 October 2019

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Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 13 November 2019

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German research areas

Research in the Department of German ranges across linguistics, film, cultural studies and literature, and in periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the present.

Careers for graduates in German

Graduates who have studied abroad gain valuable experience as teachers at primary or secondary level, as translators or interpreters, and as capable German linguists overall.

In a job market that is becoming increasingly global, competency in global languages is valued by employers across all sectors, including industry and business. They recognise that a modern languages degree shows wide cultural experience as well as other personal transferable skills needed in employment.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Recent German graduates have gone to work for:

  • the British Council
  • HSBC’s executive training programme
  • Citibank
  • Christian Salvesen
  • Harper Collins
  • Glasgow City Council.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.


There are a range of undergraduate funding opportunities offered by the University of St Andrews.

Undergraduate scholarships


Find out about options for postgraduate funding at St Andrews.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

Funding opportunities are available for PhD students studying at St Andrews.

Funding for PhD students


The School of Modern Languages has a long-standing reputation for innovative research in an exceptionally broad variety of interests including world literature, linguistics, cinema, history, gender and identity studies.

REF 2014

In the 2014 REF, the School of Modern Languages was ranked first in Scotland on the quality of publications, with over 70% of research work rated as world-leading and internationally excellent.

University league tables

The School of Modern languages was ranked top in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2019, and German was ranked top in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2019


Department of German
School of Modern Languages
University of St Andrews
Buchanan Building
Union Street
St Andrews
KY16 9PH

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3657

German website German research portal