German is a major language of business, commerce and science as well as the gateway to a vibrant and modern multicultural society with a rich and complex past. Germany is Britain's biggest trading partner in the EU and the second biggest trading partner worldwide after the USA. German is the third official language of the EU after English and French, and, with over 90 million native speakers, the most widely spoken language in the European Union. The German subject group at Liverpool is a small and friendly unit with a high proportion of native speakers of German among its staff. Our team consists of dedicated language tutors and academic researchers who are international experts in their fields. Whilst the perfection of language skills is at the heart of modern languages degrees in Liverpool, all our degrees demand a full intellectual engagement with a wide selection of areas in German studies. We research and teach German colonial history, the Holocaust, gender, German culture in the twentieth century, Berlin, linguistics and translation, and twenty-first century literature and film, and much more. You’ll have access to the excellent resources at The Sydney Jones Library in addition to the School’s own library, which is stocked with language learning materials and an extensive foreign language film collection and houses a satellite TV suite where students can watch television in any of a number of languages. In the Modern Languages Building there is also a language lab, recently refitted with state-of-the-art technology and a dedicated computer centre.