Welcome to German

Matthew Treherne, Head of School welcomes you to the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

Find out more about starting your studies on our Languages, Cultures and Societies welcome page.

Independent Learning

German at Leeds takes pride in the way that students evolve into independent scholars’ during their degree. This is one of the most important transitions you will make and the process begins right now at Level 1, although you will be given guidance and training throughout your time at Leeds.

By ‘independent learning’ we certainly don’t just mean ‘working on your own’. Instead, the phrase refers to the way you increasingly shape the way you work by reflecting on your progress and experience. Being an independent learner means taking the initiative in relation to the tuition and guidance you get, seeking out resources that interest you, and finding ways of working, both individually and collaboratively, which allow you to make the most of your passions within the subject.

In Core Language, we provide a foundation for your independent learning in the form of structured Portfolios.

Making the Grade

German at Leeds has a modular structure; each year is divided into modules. A module is a self-contained unit of study which counts towards a qualification. A number of modules will make up your programme of study. Each module is assigned a number of credits which correspond to the number of hours allocated to learning and teaching activities within the module.


Members of staff in German at Leeds have a wide variety of research interests with a clear focus on 20th and 21st century history and culture. Our specialisms influence our teaching and in your final year, especially, you will have the chance to follow modules directly related to staff research. For more information about the research interests of staff in German, see the staff page of the German website.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.