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Why study German at Birkbeck?

Birkbeck's Department of Cultures and Languages is the only department in the UK that specialises in teaching German to part-time undergraduates.

  • Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds. Many are in full-time employment.
  • We also offer a taught graduate course in German Studies and have a number of MPhil/PhD students working in a variety of fields.
  • Our teaching takes place in the evening in two periods between 6pm and 9pm.
  • We benefit from the significant number of native German speakers among the teaching staff and students.
  • We teach a variety of courses covering German literature from the medieval period to the present day, German thought and history, and media and film.
    • Language courses are taught in small groups with intensive conversation practice. Opportunity for individual language work is provided by the well-equipped computer-based language lab.
    • All of the undergraduate courses in the department are available part-time and taught in the evenings, enabling you to continue your prior day-time commitments.
    • At postgraduate level, we offer an interdisciplinary MA in Comparative Literatures taught by experts from across Birkbeck’s various language departments.
  • Birkbeck is a college of the University of London and awards prestigious University of London degrees.
  • We take a multidisciplinary approach to German studies and are active in research and teaching in a wide variety of areas: German, Austrian and Swiss Literature; Germany history and though; film, media, cultural and memory studies.
  • We have a lively, student-run German Society which organises social events as well as visits to concerts, films and theatre performances throughout the year.
  • Located at 43 Gordon Square, the Department of Cultures and Languages is close to some of the best cultural resources in the UK, including art galleries, museums, libraries and cinemas.