Why study German at Durham?
Encounter German cultures
We offer a rich selection of challenging and rewarding cultural seminars in film, image and literature, covering both urgent contemporary (Sex and Identity, Violence, Justice) and live historical issues (Holocaust, Luther, Faust Myth). There are also theoretical and practical linguistic options, including Translation and Interpreting.
All our lecturers are research experts in what they teach. Durham's teaching philosophy is to share the lecturers' own learning experience with students in class, so that students are always at the centre of the action.
Do (nearly) everything in German
Students welcome that we teach almost everything, including our cultural modules, in German. This means students are operating in the target language at a high level in a range of contexts throughout their course of study. That pays dividends in the year abroad, and in future professional life. All of our lecturers have native or near-native German.
According to the NSS, Durham German ranks with Modern Languages in fourth place nationwide. Students particularly like the regular contact with their lecturers to monitor academic progress, the fact that our cultural modules are taught in German, and the extensive written and spoken feedback on their assignments.