MA Intercultural Communication

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our courses are about overcoming language barriers. An MA from Sheffield prepares you for a career in a multilingual workplace.

Sheffield is leading the debate on international development and the School of Languages and Cultures plays a key role.

We work with colleagues from a range of disciplines to create courses that prepare you for an international, multilingual career.

About the course

Intercultural communication is an exciting field of study which has developed considerably in recent years, and those who have high-level intercultural knowledge and skills are highly sought after in the workplace.

On this Masters, we’ll cover the main theories of intercultural communication, including best practice for effective communication at work.

This will enable you to connect theory with real-life situations. If you want to work in an international, multicultural environment, and develop advanced intercultural competence and communication skills in more than one language, this course is for you.

Fieldwork is an important part of the course. Professional intercultural trainers give talks. There are opportunities to work on research projects with partner organisations.

This course will also teach you valuable transferable skills such as project management and self-directed research.

Core modules

  • Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Communication in Practice
  • Ethnography
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

A range including:

  • Languages for Intercultural Communication
  • Tandem Learning for Intercultural Communication
  • International Management
  • International Project Management
  • Critical Reading and Writing at MA Level
  • Language in Context
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • Approaches to Translation Genres

Enhanced Languages/Translation Modules:

  • Professional Problem-Based Learning
  • Subtitling Project


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Small group work
  • Workshops


  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation

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Languages and culture postgraduate students

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree in arts or social sciences, an advanced working knowledge of two languages (CEFR B1/ B2).

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

About us

We constantly review and revise our degrees to make sure you keep on top of the latest developments in the field. You'll learn academic theory and practical skills – and how to relate the two.

Sheffield is at the forefront of modern languages research. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranks us among the top ten Russell Group universities for impact in this field. Recent projects include e-learning and knowledge exchange with industry, and three initiatives looking at language teaching and learning.

Your career

Some of our recent graduates work for Sheffield International College, University of Leeds, Communicaid and a Canadian software company in China.

Our facilities

You can practise your English, French, German, Italian or Spanish with native speakers at our Modern Languages Teaching Centre. Our specially designed building has modern spaces for teaching and research.

We're right next to the other arts and humanities departments, and there are lots of opportunities to share ideas.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Caroline Wordley
Postgraduate Secretary
T: +44 (0)114 222 0631