For students seeking to develop a firm command of German and Italian, along with the confidence to converse in both professional and social situations, this is an ideal course. In addition to learning the language, an insight into German and Italian culture and society can be gained through the wide variety of modules that are available to study. **Why study this course?** A more connected world demands language skills. Expand your horizons by immersing yourself in the history and cultures of Italy and the German-speaking world. Through this course you will master the fundamental elements of each language and can expect to become confident and highly skilled in German and Italian, both written and spoken. You will learn both languages in the political, social and cultural contexts of the countries in which they are spoken. This considerably enhances your understanding of the languages, and also provides you with the knowledge to live and work in these countries, as well as enter professional roles with global companies which operate in and interact with them. In German, you will have the opportunity to explore topics such as German cinema, the portrayal of Berlin in German literature, the impact of the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990 and the history behind and current debates about immigration to Germany. In Italian, you will have the opportunity to study with leading academics on topics including Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo, and covering fascism, the history of the language, the resistance, Fellini and contemporary culture. **After the course** As a graduate from this course, you can expect to be able to write and speak fluently in German and Italian; this, as well as your in-depth knowledge of the countries in which these languages are used, is highly attractive to a wide range of employers. Well-qualified linguists are currently in short supply in the UK, which will enhance your career prospects even further. The course provides you with numerous transferable skills in research, analysis, presenting and group working and the experience of studying or working abroad also distinguishes you from non-language graduates, providing evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise. Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment or progressing to further study. Many of our graduates go on to put their linguistic skills to practical use by working for companies with a Germaninternational connections. However, pProspects extend well beyond translating and interpreting. Recent Reading graduates have been recruited by employers such as Sony Europe, the Civil Service, Oxford University Press, Dow Jones and PwC.