2020 start

Intercultural Communication

School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Learn best practice for effective communication at work across a wide range of cultural groups, and develop your communication skills in more than one language. As one of the first UK universities to offer a course in this field, our staff are at the forefront of this developing discipline.
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Course description

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.

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Core modules

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

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Languages for Intercultural Communication
  • Tandem Learning for Intercultural Communication
  • International Management
  • International Project Management
  • Language in Context
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • Translation Skills
  • Enhanced Languages/Translation Modules


Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars, small-group work and workshops.


You’ll be assessed on essays, presentations and a dissertation.


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

The MA has definitely helped in my job – which I was given straight after my degree – in terms of me being able to communicate with the vastly different people that I meet everyday.

Jennifer Mowat
Intercultural Communication graduate

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.