German Studies at Newcastle is a friendly department, unusual in the wide choice it offers within a Modern Languages degree.
We put research-inspired teaching at the heart of our degree programmes. Our lecturers are experts in their respective fields.
They're passionate about all aspects of German culture, literature and language.
Our modules focus on themes that develop a deeper understanding of German culture, including:
- contemporary German culture
- historical and theoretical linguistics
We teach some optional modules exclusively in German. All modules actively practise German by:
- reading German books
- having seminar discussions in German
- writing German essays
The year abroad gives students an opportunity to explore and experience life in a German-speaking country.
This is true whether you're on a work placement in industry, working as an assistant teacher, or as an exchange student.
We have exchange links with numerous universities across Germany and Austria.
If you enjoy translating and interpreting, you can enrol in our Professional Translation for European Languages MA.
We also offer Master's degrees in linguistics, language acquisition and film, and research degrees (Mlitt, Mphil, PhD) in all areas of our expertise.
Our extra-curricular activities give you the opportunity to sample German language and culture outside the classroom.
The DAAD Lektor organises a wide range of activities such as:
- a regular Filmabend
- an annual Weihnachtsfeier
- monthly get-togethers of staff and students over a beer at the German Stammtisch
Past students have even produced their own film about German-British cultural encounters in a film workshop.
And, as you might expect in a town steeped in football culture, there are also football tournaments with pupils from local schools and students from other universities.
Newcastle's independent Tyneside Cinema frequently shows films from German-speaking countries.
We regularly publish a newsletter about our activities.
North East German Network
The North East German Network (NEGN) is part of the wider Think German Network initiative being developed across the UK.
The aim of the network is:
- to support the teaching and learning of the German language
- to facilitate contacts between institutions interested in German culture
- to promote the collaboration of academic and business partners
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University and the Modern Languages, School of at Newcastle University gratefully acknowledge the generous support provided by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in setting up the NEGN.
Our research interests cover all aspects of German culture, literature and language from medieval to modern times.
German Studies at Newcastle is a department that's unusual for the historic depth and wide range of topics offered within "Germanistik".
Newcastle University has the advantage of one of the largest linguistics communities in the United Kingdom, with a special focus on comparative morphology.
Our research in modern German culture encompasses:
- literature studies
- cultural history
- memory politics and trauma
The following members of staff work within the German Studies section in the School of Modern Languages.
StaffList: German Studies
Dr Helen Ferstenberg
Teaching Fellow in German
Telephone: 0191 208 8957
Dr Beate Muller
Reader in Modern German Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7512
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5416
German language teaching at Newcastle has existed since the foundation of the first academic institutions in the city in the 19th century. In 1959, the Chair of German Studies in Newcastle was instituted.
Over the years, more than 90 professors, lecturers and lektors have worked in the German Studies department.
In 2009, we celebrated 50 years since the first Chair of German Studies was introduced at Newcastle University. Take a look at:
- the full list of German Lecturers, 1959-2000 (PDF: 110KB)
- our 50 Years Celebrations flyer (PDF: 300KB)
- the celebratory issue of our German Newsletter, May 2009 (PDF: 460KB)
Some of our alumni submitted accounts of life in the school 50 years ago. Hear from: