• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • School: Humanities
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

Study German language and culture at your own pace. Join our virtual learning community and stay in regular contact with your tutors and fellow students.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

German is used by over 100 Million people worldwide as a first language and the most widely spoken first language in the European Union.

Study the German language and culture to Graduate Diploma level, at your own pace, when and where you like. 

Who should study this course?

Are you:

  • a Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a recognised additional teaching qualification in German?
  • a Primary, Further or Adult Education teacher who would like to improve their German for teaching purposes?
  • an advanced student of German (Higher+) who wishes to gain a University Diploma in German for work purposes or for personal interest?

If the answer to any one of the above questions is YES, then this course is for you.

Teachers: this course is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

There is no requirement for applicants to have an undergraduate degree to study this course, as the modules you study and the credits you gain are not at Masters/postgraduate level.

We have a long established tradition of language teaching here, both with students at the University of Dundee and via distance learning. We use a combination of online tools, including web conferencing, and face-to-face immersion days, to give you a range of experiences in the language.

Experienced staff (both native, and near-native German speakers) are responsible for the course design, delivery and student support.

The Diploma is accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and carries a credit rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-10).

We are fortunate to have the support of the Goethe Institut for this course.

Residence abroad

For those taking the Diploma course as an additional teaching qualification, residence abroad is normally a pre-requisite for GTC(S) registration in German (Secondary).  This period of residence has to be arranged by course participants themselves.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

Experienced staff (both native, and near-native German speakers) are responsible for the course design, delivery and student support. Take a look at our staff profiles for more information about the German teaching team.

The course is organised into modules of approximately ten weeks duration, which are made up of reading materials and audio information, plus web conferences (using Skype or an equivalent technology). Other online tools include a Discussion Board for formal and informal course discussions.

Two German Immersion Days per academic session are held online, providing a chance to chat with other course participants, practice oral skills, and participate in a variety of activities.

You will be expected to buy the course textbook, a reference grammar book, a good bilingual German-English dictionary, and occasional literary texts. 

How you will be assessed

A wide variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course.

The course project consists of an extended essay and a series of lesson plans or equivalent for non-teachers. At the end of the course there is a two and a half hour written examination and an oral examination, both normally held online.

What you will study

The course aims to provide the challenge of an undergraduate curriculum in practical German.  Learning materials are of wide general appeal as well as of interest to language teachers and are studied in modules of approximately ten weeks duration throughout the course. The choice of assessments and the project allow participants to focus on their own specific interest areas. 

The course covers the following skills and topics:

  • German language, including grammar and communication skills
  • culture and society
  • themes such as 20th Century literature, education, the environment, and German cinema
  • professional studies
  • project

Studying German can improve your careers prospects whatever industry you work in.

Applicants will normally have a pass in Higher German (or equivalent, such as the Dundee Intensive German course by distance-learning). If you are a Secondary MFL teacher seeking an additional qualification in German, your undergraduate degree should normally be in another Modern Foreign Language, and you should hold a current Secondary MFL teaching qualification.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.5
Speaking 6.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students This course will next start in September 2020. Fees will be confirmed in due course
Rest of UK students This course will next start in September 2020. Fees will be confirmed in due course
International students (non-EU) This course will next start in September 2020. Fees will be confirmed in due course
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £2,079 per year of study
Rest of UK students £2,079 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £2,079 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

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Course Contact

Nicola Anderson
School of Humanities
+44 (0)1382 384935

Course Contact

Fiona Woodward
+44 (0)1382 384535