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.

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. This will enable you to connect theory with real-life situations.

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

  • 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.
  • Through optional modules you’ll have a variety of ways to explore your area of interest, for example through tasks and assignments.

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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

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).

English language requirements

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


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.