Postgraduate

Cross-Cultural Communication Int Relations MA

Cross-Cultural Communication and International Relations MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

The Cross-Cultural Communication and International Relations MA provides theoretical, research and practical training in areas of international and intercultural communication and international relations. It addresses contemporary international dynamics through a range of theoretical, empirical and area-based approaches.

The International Relations pathway is a specialism on the Cross-Cultural Communication MA. It is designed for students who wish to combine the study of cross-cultural communication with a comprehensive grounding in the approaches to understanding contemporary international politics and society.

This specialist pathway is delivered by academic staff in politics from the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.

You will develop:

  • advanced knowledge and understanding of areas such as international relations theory and international studies politics topics
  • knowledge of the more important approaches and methods in social science research and the techniques required to carry out advanced research
  • theoretical and practical research skills, including the synthesis of materials from a variety of primary and secondary sources

The pathway is designed to give you the expertise and skills appropriate for a range of public and private sector careers where an advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary international society is needed or desirable.

Rigorous training in international relations theory and in theories and approaches to the study of politics will help you to develop the specialist knowledge and research skills from which to embark upon a career with significant international dimensions or pursue a postgraduate research degree in international studies.

Delivery

Modules are delivered through a range of means, including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • group projects

Each module tends to last one semester. Some optional modules are taught in short, intensive blocks and/or on occasional weekends.

The course consists of three main parts, each comprising 60 credits.

Language and communication

This strand is delivered by academic staff in applied linguistics within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. The strand comprises one compulsory module and a number of optional modules available to all cross-cultural and communication students.

International relations pathway-specific modules

The international relations strand of taught modules is delivered by academic staff in politics from the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology. You will study with other politics students.  

Research portfolio

The research portfolio is equal to an MA-level dissertation. It involves three separate research files which take place over the course of the academic year:

  • an essay on a theoretical matter in cross-cultural communication, submitted early January
  • a presentation on a methodological approach to research in cross-cultural communication
  • an empirical research project conducted over the summer months, submitted at the end of August

Lectures and seminars provide support for the research portfolio. You will also receive one-to-one supervision from an academic member of staff.

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

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Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

MA

UK

Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600

EU

Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600

International

Full time: £16,200

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a subject broadly related to:

  • business
  • social sciences (eg languages, law or sociology)
  • humanities

Work experience in an international organisation or cross-cultural context is desirable, but not essential.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant teaching or professional experience.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

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Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

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