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NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr James Carr
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213578

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

About You

You are someone who enjoys learning about other cultures, who is interested in languages and who would either like to continue with German because you liked it in school. Or you may want to pick it up as a beginner who is happy at last to get a chance to start learning German. Perhaps you are someone who wants to benefit from the excellent job prospects for anyone with a good knowledge of other EU languages and of German in particular. And you know that German is one of the major languages of the European Union and the most common first language spoken by people within the European Union!

Why Study German at UL?

We have an excellent track-record of giving our students the best chances to acquire high-level language skills, combined with a sound knowledge of the culture and society of the German- speaking countries of Europe. Students develop great enthusiasm for their subject, not least because of the many opportunities for work placements in top Austrian, German and Swiss companies and the great possibilities of studying as an Erasmus student at one of our many German-speaking partner universities. Our classes are typically taught through the medium of German, use up-to- date teaching methods and the latest educational technologies. You can also take advantage of the many exciting offers such as one-to-one sessions with native speakers, discussion groups, movie evenings, and lectures and readings by visiting authors and academics. We have the only Centre for Irish-German Studies in Ireland and are active in interdisciplinary research in the Centre for Applied Languages and the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies. We also have many international links which enable us to remain up-to-date with best teaching and research practice and are involved in international networks looking at best practice.

You will learn about culture and society (literature, cinema, Landeskunde (area studies), history, popular culture, language in society etc.) in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. You will also, of course, be developing your language awareness and your German language skills by working with exciting and topical texts, visual material and online digital sources, and, at an advanced stage, developing your translation and interpreting skills. From the beginning, you will be actively involved in the classes and will find yourself contributing to them, often with your fellow students, in group presentations and mini-research reports.

Note: German is available at beginners and post leaving certificate level. Students require a minimum H4 grade in German to study post leaving certificate level German. Students require a minimum H4 grade in a language other than English to study beginners German.

German Join Honours Pathway

Modules are subject to change.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
GE4211 German for Beginners 1 GE4212 German for Beginners 2
GE4141 German Language and Society 1: Intro to German Studies I (post leaving certificate) GE4142 German Language and Society 2: Intro to German Studies II (post leaving certificate)
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
GE4623 Romanticism, Its Background and Its Legacy   Cooperative Education Placement
GE4213 German for Beginners 3    
GE4143 German Language and Society 3: Living and Working in Germany (post leaving certificate)    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  External Academic Placement GE4146 German Language and Society 4: Germany Past and Present
    GE4626 German Literature and Culture: The 19th Century
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8
GE4147 German Language and Society 5: Germany, Europe and Beyond GE4148 German Language and Society 6: Issues and Debates
GE4627 Aspects of 20th Century Writing in German GE4628 Current Trends ini German Literature and Culture


Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation mathematics is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

In addition, students wishing to study a Language must hold a minimum H4 grade in that language, with the exception of beginners German or beginners Spanish where a H4 grade in a language other than English is required. Specialist requirement in Mathematics also for those studying Economics or Mathematics.

For certain subjects, additional special qualifications specific to individual subjects or disciplines may be determined by the respective departments in accordance with Academic Council regulations.

Applications are especially welcome from Mature Students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

  • Teaching (Professional Master of Education required)
  • International Business
  • European and Irish public service
  • Arts and Cultural Institutions
  • Translating
  • Tourism


Follow-On Study

  • Professional Master of Education (Languages)
  • MA Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
  • MA German Language and Culture in Europe
  • MA Irish-German Studies
  • MA International Studies
  • MA in Applied Languages International
  • MA Modern Language Studies
  • MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)