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Graduate Diploma in German (Distance Learning)

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in German offers many advantages in that it allows you to study German at your own pace, when and where you like. The Diploma is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (subject to approval) and carries a credit rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF levels 9-10).

This is a unique distance-learning course, delivered primarily over the internet, using a virtual learning environment (VLE). You will be part of a 'virtual' learning community, in regular contact with your German tutors and fellow students. Together we explore aspects of the German language and culture and share language teaching expertise.

Experienced staff and native German speakers are responsible for the module design, delivery and student support.
PLEASE NOTE: This course is scheduled to run from September 2014 to June 2016 and it will only run if sufficient numbers of students enrol.

Who can apply?

Are you:
A Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a GTC 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?

Aims of the course

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

Immersion days

Four German Immersion Days per academic session are held at Dundee University, usually on a Saturday. They will provide a chance to meet other course participants, practice oral skills, and participate in a variety of activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We are fortunate to have the support of the German Institute for this course.


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 in Dundee.

Course materials

You will be expected to buy the course textbook, a reference grammar book, a good bilingual German-English dictionary, and occasional literary texts. Please note that you will be required to have Internet and Skype access.

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 French (Secondary). This period of residence has to be arranged by course participants themselves.

Visit the Graduate Diploma in German (Distance Learning) page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Student Profiles

5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 20+ Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees


For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information



School of Humanities Research Postgraduate Scholarship - 5 Awards

£4,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee

Value of Scholarship(s)



For international students entering School of Humanities research degrees.If you are being sponsored or are receiving a discount on your fees due to an articulation agreement, then you cannot apply for a University of Dundee Academic School scholarship.You can apply for several scholarships but only one Scholarship towards tuition fees will be awarded.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, we will send you an email telling you how to apply for a Scholarship.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not. The closing date for Scholarship applications for courses starting September 2012 is 1st July 2012, and for courses starting in January 2013 the closing date is 15th November 2012.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally, a degree and a SQA Higher grade or equivalent in German plus a current secondary teaching qualification in another foreign language (where relevant).English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

Course Fees

This course runs every two years and will next run in 2016/17 Fees for 2016/17 = £1,650 per year of study

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