MA Intercultural Communication and International Development (MAICID)
In an unequal world, it can be easy for power to play a large role in decision-making and planning. International development practitioners with a critical understanding of the role of culture and communication in international development are better placed to make a real difference in contributing to solving some of the world’s most pressing human problems.
At a glance
The world has moved a long way since the days of ‘aid’. This interdisciplinary course provides students with the opportunity to develop their expertise in both intercultural communication and international development. It responds to a recognised need for international developers with a high level of intercultural communication knowledge and skills, as well as professional interculturalists who can advise international developers in their work.
The MA in Intercultural Communication and International Development is one of our MA programmes in Translation and Intercultural Communication Studies. This programme is jointly taught between the School of Languages and Cultures and the Department of Geography.
It is designed for those who wish to become highly effective intercultural communicators in international and social development, it covers the main theories and concepts of intercultural communication as well as the changing theory, policy and practice of international development, considering their combined practical application to real-life international development contexts. You will develop essential skills in ethnographic research, which allow you to develop systematic approaches to understanding others’ perspectives. The importance of this in the international development field cannot be underestimated. At the same time, you can shape the course to suit your personal career needs and interests, choosing between various language, development and other subject options.
The MA in Intercultural Communication and International Development is one of our five Translation and Intercultural Communication Studies courses which offer post-graduate specialisations in closely related subject areas:
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
There are also many opportunities for you to sit in on modules in addition to those you are registered for. Please note that the course details set out here may change before you start, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the course start date.
The Programme Leader for the MA Intercultural Communication and International Development is Dr Jane Woodin.
To qualify for the award of MA in Intercultural Communication, students must accumulate 180 credits* over 12 months (full-time study) or 24 months (part-time study). This programme can also be taken as a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or as a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) respectively.
Examples of the core and optional modules are listed below:
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
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MA Intercultural Communication and International Development consists of a variety of teaching and learning methods, including staff- and student-led seminars, small group work, and one-on-one consultations with staff. Independent learning and assessment methods include essay writing, project work and oral presentations. All of these provide you with valuable skills for future employment. For details of learning and assessment visit our Prospectus page here.
We are also part of the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) which unites expertise and input from a range of subjects spanning politics and public health to music and sociological studies, and experience with working with a range of NGOs, public organisations and companies. You will learn invaluable research skills of participant observation which you can apply in your dissertation and future career.
Visit us to find out more about the course from the Programme Leader, see our facilities and study spaces, and much more.
Students are required to take part in a compulsory field class to places such as Tanzania, Galapagos or Nepal (this will be arranged during the first semester). These field class costs are included in the tuition fees. Details on the fieldwork class can be found here.
One of the unique features of this programme is the compulsory placement with dissertation. Our students are placed with some of the world's leading international agencies. Please note that the majority of our placements are in the global south. We have some in the UK, and even a few in Sheffield, but unless you have overriding reasons (such as caring responsibilities) you should expect to do your placement outside the UK. Costs vary depending on the location of the placement – whether overseas or in the UK. You will need to think about the cost of flights, accommodation, food and transport, which can add up to around £1,500 in addition to your tuition fees.
Our MA in Intercultural Communication and International Development opens up a wide range of career paths in a multitude of industries.
Before you apply, please make sure that you can provide the following:
Deadline for applications: 31 July Apply now