MA Intercultural Communication and International Development

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.

One of the biggest issues is managing cultural expectations; it’s a matter of understanding how to approach those different cultures and different people that we’re working with. And this is something that people working in international development and planning do on a daily basis.

Aliya Sorgen, MA Intercultural Communication and International Development

About the course

Course description 2017

This course is designed to produce international developers with advanced intercultural communication skills – it’s taught by the School of Languages and Cultures and the Department of Geography. A module on international project management integrates the two subjects and there are communication seminars designed for developers.

Fieldwork is important. The course includes a compulsory field class in the global south. Recent field classes were in the West Pokot region of Kenya and the suburbs of Cairo.

In a global society based on fairness, everyone’s voice should be heard. The world needs developers who can communicate across cultural boundaries and bring people together. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well placed to make a difference.

Language postgraduate students

Core modules

  • Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication
  • Ethnography: reflective practice
  • Ideas and Practice in International Development
  • Spatial Planning and Development in the Global South
  • Placement Dissertation.

You’ll also take a ten-day field class overseas. There is an extra charge for overseas trips but it’s great experience and value for money.

Examples of optional modules

  • International Management
  • Language in Context
  • Key Issues in Environment and Development
  • Understanding Environmental Change
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Living with Climate Change
  • International Project Management
  • Approaches to Translation Genres
  • Enhanced Languages Project 1
  • Enhanced Languages Project 2
  • Tandem Learning for Intercultural Communication
  • Localisation for Linguists
  • Critical Reading and Writing at MA Level
  • Cities of Diversity
  • Cities of the South: planning for informality
  • Intercultural Communication in Practice
  • Professional Problem-based Learning

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars, small-group work and workshops. You’re assessed on coursework and a dissertation. The dissertation involves a work placement (often undertaken in the global south) with a development organisation.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 or equivalent in any subject discipline. You must also have an advanced working knowledge of two languages (CEFR B1/B2), one of which should be English.

We expect you to be familiar with Microsoft Word and email, and willing to learn more advanced packages.

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

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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.