MA in Intercultural Communication and International Development

The programme is modular in format, having a unified core structure with five core modules and a dissertation, and options for differing pathways within the approved/option modules. It is delivered by three departments: the School of Languages and Cultures and the Departments of Geography and Town and Regional Planning. Development of its learning outcomes is promoted through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including staff- and student-led seminars, small group work, one-on-one consulations with staff, and independent learning, and assessment methods include essay writing, project work and oral presentations.

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.


In consultation with staff, students choose modules to design an academically coherent programme consistent with their own career aspirations and interests: Core modules introduce students to the key theoretical concepts and practical aspects related to Intercultural Communication and International Development, whereas optional modules allow students to follow professional and personal interests in specialised areas in greater depth. There are also many opportunities for you to sit in on (audit) modules in addition to those you are registered for; this means you don't have to miss anything!


To qualify for the award of MA in Intercultural Communication and International Development, students must accumulate 180 credits* over 12 months (full-time study) or 24 months (part-time study). Click on any module to have the full module description displayed below.



Core Modules

- to the value of 75 credits (take all five)

- to the value of 60 credits



*A student who does not satisfactorily complete a dissertation but who successfully completes 60 or 120 credits worth of non-dissertation project modules, is eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) respectively.





Optional Modules

- to the value of 45 credits (choose three)

Please note: Up-to-date, industry-standard translation and localisation tools are used in our technical modules, including Logo of WordfastWordfastPro, Logo of MemoQ by KilgrayMemoQ, Logo of SDL TradosSDL Trados, Alchemy Catalyst Alchemy Catalyst, Logo of CatsCradle by StormdanceCatsCradle, Logo of OmegaTOmegaT, Logo of WinCAPS by SysMediaWinCAPS, Memsource and other software.

This department has been granted free access to the Memsource Academic Edition, an academic program designed for universities with translation courses.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Analyse and critically evaluate the main theories in intercultural communication and international development;
  • Relate these theories to real-life intercultural development contexts;
  • Evaluate, monitor and improve communication and/or development systems;
  • Develop independent research skills.

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