MA
2021 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

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.

You'll create a bespoke course with optional modules within a clear structure that reflects your unique interests and ambitions. You'll have the option to specialise in either Digital Information or Audio Visual Media. We'll help you develop your intercultural knowledge and skills and apply them to your area of interest, whether you have a background in languages, social sciences or science and engineering.

The course combines the study of theory and practice with critical thinking and reflection. We’ll cover the main theories of intercultural communication, including best practice for effective communication at work, which will help you to connect theory with real-life situations.

You'll develop essential skills in ethnographic research and form systematic approaches to complex problems and engage with major intercultural questions and issues relevant to your future profession. Our optional modules give you the chance to focus on your area of interest.

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Modules

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Teaching

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

Assessment

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

Duration

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

Your career

Our graduates have high-level intercultural knowledge and skills, which make them highly employable in industries such as human resources, international business, education, or international project management.

Graduates have gone on to a variety of roles, including: communications officer, journalist, intercultural trainer, consultant, university teacher, project manager, company regional director.

Companies and organisations our graduates have worked at include: Sheffield International College, University of Leeds, Together for Regeneration, Communicaid, Tesco, Lambson Fine Chemicals (Yorkshire), Landrover (China).

Some of our graduates have also set up their own companies, or continued onto PhD study.

Graduate profile: Elena

Elena Romera discusses why she chose this course and how the skills she developed prepared her for her role as European Marketing Manager at Papa John's Pizza.


Entry requirements

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

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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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

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Contact

slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0631

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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