Entry requirements

Normally a first degree in a subject other than German or modern languages, and/or a BA not equivalent to UK honours standard. Language skills in German equivalent to A-level plus 2 years (also equivalent to a pass in German 5).

Months of entry


Course content

This Graduate Diploma in German Studies is designed to develop your German language skills and/or increase your knowledge of German culture, as well as improving your research and study skills.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Provides a 1-year qualification in German studies.
  • Ideal if you wish to undertake Master's-level study of German, but you require further training at undergraduate level before commencing postgraduate study.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa

The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Advice Service
+44(0) 20 3907 0700