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

2018 start

Course description

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.

Languages and Cultures 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
  • 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

Entry requirements

A 2:1 in an arts or social sciences subject and 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

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