Introduction

German and Theology & Religious Studies at Aberdeen adds to your highly-developed language and cultural skills in a major European language with a fascinating exploration of the origin, function, and meaning of religion. You will study and compare the major religions across the world with special focus on Christian faith in historic and contemporary contexts. You will graduate with language and highly-developed academic skills applicable in many roles here and overseas.

This programme is studied on campus.

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.

In Theology & Religious Studies, you will gain a sound understanding of the major religious traditions of the world, including their historical development and contemporary importance, with a special focus on Christian faith, life and doctrine in its historical, institutional and contemporary context.

You will study biblical languages, the history of the church in the west, the Reformation in Scotland, the role of religion in ethical and political debates and religious aspects of disability.

As an integral part of your 4-year programme, you will spend half of year three developing your language skills as a teaching assistant or visiting student in Germany or Austria.

As a graduate, you will be highly employable in a wide range of roles including church ministry and administration, media and journalism, public service, charities, NGO and international affairs, business, publishing and education.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
RV26

What You'll Study

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students and above, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year

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Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Modern German Culture 3 (GM2043) - 15 Credit Points

The meaning of life? Knowledge of good and evil? What are the limits of human understanding? Of scientific inquiry? Goethe's Faust knows of no questions that are too big to tackle. In the course, students will encounter some of the greatest literary figures of European thought and literature, and follow them on their perilous journey.

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Modern German Culture 4 (GM2543) - 15 Credit Points

This course consists of the study of selected aspects of modern German culture and involves the close analysis of German texts. The latter are normally 20th-century texts.

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Theories of Religion (DR2575) - 15 Credit Points

A survey of leading theories of religion from the fields of economics and psychology. The main issues to be considered will be: what aspects of religion is each theory trying to explain; what aspects does the theory succeed in explaining; and how does the theory reflect the discipline from which it comes?

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Optional Courses

    • German Language (Advanced Introductory) 1 (GM2040) and German Language (Advanced Introductory) 2 (GM2540) or German Language 3 (GM2042) and German Language 4 (GM2542)
    • Select a further 30 credit points from Divinity and Religious Studies courses.
      German Language (Advanced Introductory) 1 (GM2040) - 15 Credit Points

      The course consists of language classes leading to advanced communicative competence in German and it will include the analysis of contemporary texts drawn from a variety of contexts. This course may be taken only by students who have completed the German for Beginners courses.

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

      The intention of the course is to extend and reinforce further students' command of German grammar, vocabulary and syntactic structures, and to introduce various styles of written and spoken German. The course builds on the work done in GM2040 and is intended only for continuing beginners.

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      German Language 3 (GM2042) - 15 Credit Points

      This level two language course will build on and extend students' fluency and written skills in German.

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      German Language 4 (GM2542) - 15 Credit Points

      Building on work done in GM 2042, the course will develop further language skills.

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      Year 3

      Year 3

      Compulsory Courses

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

      This junior honours language course will build on and extend students' written skills and fluency in German.

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      Level 3 German Language Study (Mode B) (GM3525)

      Optional Courses

      • Select 15 further credits of Level 3 German courses to be taken in first half session.
      • Select 60 credits of level 3 Religious Studies or Divinity courses to be taken in first half session.

      Second half session spent in German speaking country.

      Year 4

      Year 4

      Compulsory Courses

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

      Building on the skills gained during the Junior Honours language course and before, this module expands and refines German language expertise in writing, reading, speaking and listening, to an advanced level, for their final exit written and oral exam in German.

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      Optional Courses

      • Dissertation in German Studies (GM4052) or Dissertation (DR4044) or Dissertation (DR4544).
      • Select 15 credits of Level 3 German and further courses at Level 4 to make up 75 credits in the discipline.
      • Select 30 credits of level 4 Religious Studies or Divinity courses or 60 if dissertation taken in other subject.
      German Dissertation (Joint Honours) (GM4052) - 15 Credit Points

      Students engage in their first larger project of independent research.

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      Dissertation (DR4044) - 30 Credit Points

      This course involves the writing of a dissertation in one of the sub-disciplines in Divinity and Religious Studies. Independent Research work is done under the supervision of a member of staff. The dissertation is an extended essay, of no more than 10,000 words inclusive of bibliography and references. Download Course Guide

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      Dissertation (DR4544) - 30 Credit Points

      This course involves the writing of a dissertation in one of the sub-disciplines in Divinity and Religious Studies. Independent Research work is done under the supervision of a member of staff. The dissertation is an extended essay, of no more than 10,000 words inclusive of bibliography and references.

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      Course Availability

      We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

      How You'll Study

      Learning Methods

      • Individual Projects
      • Lectures
      • Research
      • Tutorials

      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.

      Why Study German and Theology & Religious Studies?

      Why German

      • The highest possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in the last Scottish national Teaching Quality Assessment.
      • A vibrant international community on campus and across the region, with many German-speaking students, staff and activities to get involved in and practise your language skills.
      • German Society open to all students interested in German and the German-speaking countries, organising drama performances and other events such as Kaffee and Kuchen, a German Stammtisch, film showings, and visits by German speakers and writers.
      • German Drama Group providing a great opportunity to produce an annual play, widen your language skills and meet other German students studying in Aberdeen. Previous years included works of 20th century dramatists Dürrenmatt, Borchert and Horvath.
      • Opportunities to study the rich literature and culture of Austria and Switzerland in addition to Germany.
      • A packed campus programme of events, exhibitions, seminars, invited speakers and the popular annual May Festival which welcomes international figures, experts, authors and scientists to campus every spring, with an increasingly European flavour.
      • Your period abroad as a language assistant or visiting student - we have exchange scholarships with the Universities of Zurich, Kiel and Greifswald, and Erasmus partners including Leipzig, Cologne, Bonn, Trier and Graz in Austria.
      • The spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, with fabulous study facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and an extensive German collection to inspire your studies.

      Why Religious Studies

      • A wide variety of courses: from biblical languages to the Reformation in Scotland, and from Buddhist philosophy to the stories of the prophets in Islam.
      • An international community of eminent professors, including leading author and influential thinker Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics.
      • Specialist research and teaching centres include the Aberdeen University Centre for Ministry Studies, the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability, and the Kairos Forum for people with cognitive or intellectual disabilities.
      • Aberdeen has produced many notable Aberdeen scholars and theologians, including John Forbes, George Campbell, William Milligan, William Robertson Smith, David S Cairns and GD Henderson.
      • Major historic treasures of national and international significance, including the archives of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland pre-1878 and fascinating local records of local estates and families through 500 years of religious turmoil.
      • Spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, combining top-class study facilities with state-of-the-art technology, and the beautiful Divinity Library with an extensive collection of theological material.
      • A packed campus programme of events, including theological lectures, café discussions, exhibitions, seminars, and the annual May Festival with high profile speakers, scientists, authors and broadcasters debating big issues facing the world today.
      • The inspiration of the beautiful King’s College Chapel, begun in 1495 by University founder Bishop Elphinstone, a treasure-house of history and religious turbulence and today a precious inter-faith space for a multi-faith University.

      Entry Requirements

      You will find all the information you require about entry requirements on our dedicated 'Entry Requirements' page. You can also find out about the different types of degrees, offers, advanced entry, and changing your subject.

      Qualifications

      The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

      SQA Highers - AABB*
      A Levels - BBB*
      IB - 32 points, including 5,5,5 at HL*
      ILC - 5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)*

      *There is no formal requirement for entry to the German beginners' course. A pass in German at SQA Higher, GCE A Level or equivalent is necessary for entry to the German non-beginners course.

      Further detailed entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees.

      English Language Requirements

      To study for a degree at the University of Aberdeen, it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

      Fees and Funding

      You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

      Fee Waiver

      For international students (all non-EU students) entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

      Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

      Fee information
      Fee category Cost
      Home / EU £1,820
      All Students
      RUK £9,250
      Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year
      International Students £14,600
      Students Admitted in 2018/19 Academic Year

      Additional Fees

      • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
      • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

      Our Funding Database

      View all funding options in our Funding Database.

      Careers

      There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

      Our Experts

      Information About Staff Changes

      You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

      Unistats

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