Our course enables you to meet the growing need for increased knowledge in cross-cultural communication. You will receive communication-focused training and develop expertise in cross-cultural communication. The course covers understanding how cultures and human behaviour reflexively interconnect.
Changing social conditions and circumstances require new ways of dealing with people, and fresh ways of interacting and communicating with people of other cultures.
There is an urgent need to improve our knowledge and understanding of the processes and issues involved in cross-cultural communication, and to discover how such knowledge can be effectively applied in everyday experiences.
What this means in practice is that we need to develop our knowledge of why and how communication 'works' and how and why it sometimes does not 'work'.
The course answers questions including how cultural background impacts upon successful communication and how language, thought, and behaviour are interrelated.
The course is theoretically, practically and research oriented, and allows selection of one of six specialist pathways.
Our CCC courses are the only ones in the world to offer such a broad range of specialisms. This unique combination of expertise in cross-cultural communication and an additional area provides our graduates with enhanced employability in the competitive global marketplace.
We have an international student cohort, with up to 35 countries represented. Former students identify this as one of the main strengths of the course, as they are regularly working with peers from a wide range of national, linguistic and professional backgrounds. This provides everyone with an opportunity to develop their interpersonal and intercultural skills while studying.
Through the research portfolio, you are equipped with the analytical and theoretical skills required to understand and analyse communication in a wide range of settings. You learn about research in communication and cross-cultural communication from a range of perspectives, including:
- social psychology
- communication studies
- intercultural communication studies
- discourse studies
The course has received praise from external examiners and the University's Internal Subject Review committee for the emphasis on teaching and assessing empirical, data-driven research. You receive training on the practical, theoretical and methodological skills required to conduct research relevant to the field of cross-cultural communication. This includes the various ways of collecting and analysing empirical data:
- ethnographic observation
- research interviews
- questionnaire-based statistical analysis
- discourse analysis
Modules are delivered through a range of means, including:
- 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 CCC students.
Modules in this area are delivered by lecturers from the relevant school. You'll find details under the specific pathways.
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.
Work experienceWork experience
You are encouraged to apply your research interests to real world case studies, particularly of international organisations or workplaces with which you have a connection.
For example, your empirical project submitted in research file three can be in connection with voluntary work (for a charity or NGO) or an internship, arranged over the summer towards the end of the course.
As a part time student you can conduct a research project of relevance to your employer and/or industry.
As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
- a well-stocked Education Resource Centre
- Language Analysis Lab
- a phonetics lab
- an audio-video lab
- a recording studio
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take 100 credits of optional Language and Communication modules from the following:
- ALC8001 The Social Psychology of Communication
- ALC8002 Sociolinguistics
- ALC8005 International Business Talk and Interaction
- ALC8007 Professional Communication
- ALC8009 English in the World: Global and Cross-Cultural Issues surrounding English as a Lingua Franca
- ALC8010 Culture, Interculturality and Identity
- ALC8012 Micro-analysis of Intercultural Interaction
- ALC8021 Understanding Multimodal Communication
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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The Cross-Cultural Communication (CCC) MA is relevant if you wish to study communication, language and culture. It will also suit anyone intending to work, or are already working, in international and cross-cultural environments where communication is an essential aspect of that work, as for example:
- communications consultants
- social workers
- international sales representatives
- medical and healthcare professionals
- humanitarian aid staff
- local government officials
Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.
Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.
Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
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.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a subject broadly related to:
- social sciences (eg languages, law or sociology)
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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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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How to Apply
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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.
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.