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German and International Business BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: 1J55

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


German is a major European language, and Germany remains one of the world’s biggest economies. If you have an A-level in German, this degree will allow you to become fluent in an important language of global business and commerce while exploring issues in international business management.

Core modules will build your language skills and introduce you to the strategic and operational challenges faced when running foreign operations, such as the global economy or strategic management.

You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules to gain an insight into German culture, history and politics. You’ll even spend a year in a German-speaking country to improve your language skills and immerse yourself in the local culture. You could study German cinema, politics in the ‘Berlin Republic’, the writings of Christa Wolf or how Germany remembers the Second World War. You could even try translation or interpreting and learn specialised uses of German for the business context.

Specialist facilities

Our fully-equipped Language Centre offers plenty of facilities for language students, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). There’s also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources.

If you’re interested in translation studies, our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities. Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.


Our International Business degrees are accredited by the Institute of Export which allows you to acquire an exporting qualification after your studies and strengthens your job prospects in international trade.

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Course content

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

You’ll spend your first year improving your language skills and being introduced to German culture and history. Additional core modules will cover key issues in international business alongside their social, economic and political contexts – and you’ll also take one of our Cornerstone modules, which helps to bring together the different strands of your degree.

In the following year, core modules will focus on language skills as well as management and the international economy. You’ll also choose from optional modules on topics such as German cinema, literature, politics and applied language use. All of this will deepen your cultural awareness and prepare you for your third year, which you’ll spend working or studying in a German-speaking country.

By the time you return to Leeds, you’ll have a new perspective on German and the contexts in which it is spoken. This will feed into your final year, where advanced language classes will be combined with a wider range of options including translation, transnational corporations and using German in a professional context. You’ll also apply the skills and understanding you’ve developed to an international business topic of your choice.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for the full course structure.

Compulsory modules

German Core Language 1 20 credits
Academic and Professional Development for Studies in International Business 10 credits
Principles of International Business 20 credits
Global Entrepreneurship 10 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits

Optional modules

Introduction to Modern Germany 20 credits
Approaching German Culture 20 credits
Skills in German Translation 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

German Core Language 2 20 credits
Research Methods in International Business 20 credits
Managing International Business 20 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Research Placement 20 credits
Applied German Language 20 credits
From Caligari to Hitler: Introduction to German Cinema 20 credits
Politics, Society and Culture in the 'Berlin Republic' 20 credits
Gender, Culture and Representation in German History 1871-2000 20 credits
The Shock of the New: Culture and Power in Germany from the Second to the Third Reich 20 credits
Freedom and Control: Identities in Crisis in German Literature and Film 20 credits
Global Business History 20 credits
The International Economic Environment 10 credits
Small Business Internationalisation and Growth 10 credits
Linguists into Schools 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

German Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

German Core Language 3 20 credits
International Business Dissertation 40 credits
International Strategic Management 20 credits
Final Year Project

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Borders and Border-Crossings in Contemporary German Culture 20 credits
Advanced Translation from German into English 20 credits
German Utopian Thought in Fiction and Film 20 credits
Perpetrators and/or Victims? Remembering the Second World War in Germany 20 credits
Transnational Corporations in the World Economy 10 credits
Contemporary Research Topics in International Business 10 credits
Linguists into Schools 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read German and International Business BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School are both home to tutors who are experts and leading researchers in their fields. So you can benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops.

Independent study is also an integral part of the degree, since it gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests and develop important critical and research skills.


We also use different types of assessment to keep track of your progress. They usually include exams and essays, but some modules may also include group work, oral presentations and other forms of coursework. There’s plenty of support on offer throughout your time at Leeds, such as extra classes on topics like structuring essays, public speaking and exam technique.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in German excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

GCSE: 6/B in Mathematics.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. GCSE Mathematics at grade 6/B is required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in German.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in German at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in German

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers including A in German and AABBB in Highers, or A in German in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in German.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in German (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including German (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A Joint Honours degree in German and International Business will give you a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities in international business management, as well as fluency in the language of Europe’s largest economy. Both of these qualities are valuable to employers, and they could open doors to a variety of careers at home and abroad.

But you’ll also have transferable skills that they actively seek. You’ll work well within a team, but you’ll also be a confident independent researcher – and spending time abroad will prove you are adaptable and resilient. You’ll also have excellent presentation, communication and analytical skills, as well as a high level of commercial awareness. Managing two subjects will even equip you with organisational skills.

Graduates have gone on to succeed in careers as diverse as management, business and finance, marketing, education, journalism and the civil service. Others have pursued postgraduate study or specialised training in language-based fields such as translating or interpreting.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Residence abroad

You’ll spend your third year in either Germany or Austria, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.

We have partnerships with a number of universities in the region where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain a new insight into German or Austrian society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you’ll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.

Read more about Residence Abroad in German

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