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MA in German and History (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Course Description

German and History at Aberdeen brings together two top-rated subjects, which set the in-depth study of a modern European language and culture in the context of a broad and fascinating study of European and world history. You will study at a university that is ranked top in Scotland for the impact of its historical research. The language and transferable skills you will gain will open up a wide spectrum of careers including international opportunities.

You will gain a solid grounding in the German language whatever your level, in a programme with the highest possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in the last national Teaching Quality Assessment.

You will also develop a broad understanding of culture in the German-speaking world, with courses in social, historical and cultural aspects of these countries and encounter the world of German artistic expression in the form of literature, film and art, together with a deeper understanding of Germany’s complex history.

History research at Aberdeen is rated top in Scotland for its impact and 2nd in the UK, in the latest UK Research Excellence Framework and with student satisfaction of 95% (as ranked by Times Higher Education based on REF 2014 GPA scores).

You will be surrounded by 500 years of national, international and local history, enthused and inspired by teachers who are leaders in their fields, with expertise as diverse as medieval Scandinavia, early-modern Poland and modern East Asia and be enthralled by our wonderful collections of historic treasures from all over the world.

As an integral part of your 5-year programme, you will spend the whole of year three taking your language and cultural skills to a very high level as a teaching assistant or visiting student in Germany or Austria.

Your language ability added to your highly-developed transferable skills in research, critical analysis and communication will open opportunities in many fields including international business and other organisations, politics, education, journalism, NGOs and the heritage sectors.

German and History at Aberdeen brings together two top-rated subjects, which set the in-depth study of a modern European language and culture in the context of a broad and fascinating study of European and world history. You will study at a university that is ranked top in Scotland for the impact of its historical research. The language and transferable skills you will gain will open up a wide...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Divinity, History & Philosophy (AW1007)

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Making History (HI1027) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:

Beginner - for absolute beginners and those who have studied German for up to 3 years

  • German for Beginners 1 (GM1054)
  • German for Beginners 2 (GM1554)
  • Background to German Beginners 1 (GM1049) AND/OR Background to German Beginners 2 (GM1549)

Advanced - for post-Higher candidates and those who have studied German for more than 4 years

  • German Language 1 (GM1050)
  • German Language 2 (GM1550)
  • Modern German Culture 1 (GM1052) AND/OR Modern German Culture 2 (GM1556)

Both options will also select 30 credit points from Level 1 History or History of Art courses, plus further credit points from courses of choice to reach 120 credit points.

German for Beginners 1 (GM1054) - 15 Credit Points

German for Beginners 2 (GM1554) - 15 Credit Points

Background to German Beginners 2 (GM1549) - 15 Credit Points

German Language 1 (GM1050) - 15 Credit Points

German Language 2 (GM1550) - 15 Credit Points

Modern German Culture 1 (GM1052) - 15 Credit Points

Modern German Culture 2 (GM1556) - 15 Credit Points

Background to German Beginners 1 (GM1049) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Modern German Culture 3 (GM2043) - 15 Credit Points

Modern German Culture 4 (GM2543) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:

Beginner

  • German Language (Advanced Introductory) 1 (GM2040)
  • German Language (Advanced Introductory) 2 (GM2540)

Advanced

  • German Language 3 (GM2042)
  • German Language 4 (GM2542)

Both options will also select 60 credit points from available Level 2 History courses.

German Language (Advanced Introductory) 1 (GM2040) - 15 Credit Points

German Language (Advanced Introductory) 2 (GM2540) - 15 Credit Points

German Language 3 (GM2042) - 15 Credit Points

German Language 4 (GM2542) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Academic year spent in a German-speaking country.

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

German Junior Honours Language Study (GM3069) - 15 Credit Points

Thinking History (HI356J) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credits of Level 3 German courses, plus 30 credits of Level 3 History courses.

  • Year 5

Compulsory Courses

German Language Study for Senior Honours (GM4099) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following dissertation options:

  • Dissertation in History (HI4516)
  • Dissertation in German (GM4052) AND History in Practice II (HI4518)

Select a Special Subject (listed below), plus further credit points from level 4 courses in German to gain a total of 120 credits.

Undergraduate Dissertation in History (HI4516) - 30 Credit Points

German Dissertation (Joint Honours) (GM4052) - 15 Credit Points

History in Practice (HI4518) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: Irish Troubles (HI4001) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: Hitler (HI4008) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: the Scottish Wars of Independence, 1286 - 1328 (HI4009) - 30 Credit Points

Special Subject: European Constitutional Monarchies in the Long 19th Century (HI4023) - 30 Credit Points

History of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (HI4025) - 30 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Academic Writing for Divinity, History & Philosophy (AW1007) Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Making History (HI1027) - 15 Credit Points Optional Courses Select one of the following...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course. Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course. Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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