MA (Hons) German and Applied Language Studies


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  • Scotland (Widening Access Places only)
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  • International

The course

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4 years
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Our MA (Hons) Applied Language Studies (ALS) degree is designed to allow students to 'major' in French, German or Spanish, whilst also studying a range of complementary subjects.

This is our most flexible language degree as it allows you to specialise in the study of German while delving deeper into subjects that complement your interests and career aspirations, or a further language, through optional courses and electives.

Year 3 is spent abroad, immersed in your chosen language. You will have the choice of studying at one of our partner institutions or teaching English as a foreign language. Year 4 allows you to refine your professional profile further through specialist optional courses.


The Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies is a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

We are also official higher education partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists – a professional body that maintains the highest standards for practising interpreters and translators: Chartered Institute of Linguists

In addition, we are founding members of CIUTI, the world’s oldest and most prestigious international association of universities who train interpreters and translators: CIUTI

Course content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Language and Intercultural Studies
  • German: Intermediate (1)
  • Elective
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • German History and Culture
  • German: Intermediate (2)
  • Elective
  • Elective

Year 2

Semester 1

  • German Society and Comparative Studies
  • German: Advanced (1)
  • Option
  • Option

Semester 2

  • General Linguistics
  • German: Advanced (2)
  • Option
  • Option

Through options in Semester 1 and 2 students can continue to study a second language and also choose from a variety of subjects such as Economics, Marketing, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Year 3

Students complete two study placements at partner universities or teaching English in countries where their two chosen foreign languages are spoken.

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Dissertation 1
  • Applied Language Studies 1 or Interpreting and Translation Skills 1
  • International Politics and Organisations
  • Option


  • Translation Technologies for Professional Translators
  • Applied Linguistics 1
  • Heritage: International Perspectives
  • Business Management options

Semester 2

  • Dissertation 2
  • Applied Language Studies 2 or Interpreting and Translation Skills 2
  • Option
  • Option


  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Applied Linguistics 2
  • Sustainable Development and Intercultural Context
  • National Perspectives and EU Context
  • Business Management options

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Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) German and Applied Language Studies students are doing 15 months after graduating:

  • 65% are working
  • 10% are studying
  • 10% are working and studying.

In highly skilled work

  • 70% of those are in highly skilled work 15 months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £19000
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £22000


These are the most common jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:

  • Artistic, literary and media occupations
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Teaching and educational professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers AABB including main language at A (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBC (including main language)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with main language at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM (Main language at A-Level B or equivalent required)
  • HNC B in graded unit (with main language Higher A or A-Level B grade or equivalent)
  • HND BB

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC including main language at B (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BCC including main language at B

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.

Year 3

As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.


Tuition fees for 2021 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland** International***
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £15,384

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) and Republic of Ireland students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

*** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

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