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Cross-Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics MA

The Cross-Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics MA provides theoretical, research and practical training in areas of international and intercultural communication. It also provides training on the analysis of language in use, in a variety of settings and on the teaching and learning of English as a second language.

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  • September 2024
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The Applied Linguistics pathway is a specialism on the Cross-Cultural Communication MA. It allows you to study applied linguistics and intercultural communication. It provides knowledge and expertise in the new approaches and techniques for teaching English as a second or foreign language.

Applied linguistics and communication staff within the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences deliver this specialist pathway. It offers a wide range of optional modules in the areas of applied linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Our applied linguistics academic staff have teaching and research expertise in:

  • second language acquisition
  • discourse analysis
  • classroom interaction
  • multimodal interaction
  • teaching and learning English through media and technology
  • teacher development

If you're interested in a career in language teaching, but have little or no previous teaching experience, you can take introductory modules in TESOL. You'll gain practical skills and knowledge needed for language teaching and learning.

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What you'll learn

Language and communication modules

The course comprises one compulsory module and a number of optional modules available to all cross-cultural communication students.

Applied linguistics pathway-specific modules

Applied linguistics and communication staff in the School also deliver this strand. You'll study with other students of applied linguistics and TESOL.

You'll have the opportunity to develop:

  • an understanding of the theories, principles, concepts and methodologies in applied linguistics and TESOL
  • a critical awareness of key issues or debates concerning teaching and learning English as a second/foreign language

You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of methodologies and techniques applicable to research in areas of applied linguistics and TESOL. These include:

  • corpus linguistics
  • multimodal analysis
  • discourse analysis
  • conversation analysis


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn


Your development

Our programme is designed to support your development over the course of the year.

Semester 1 modules will give you a foundational knowledge of key areas in intercultural communication. Semester 2 modules will allow you to build on this. You will select specialist topics suited to your interests and future goals.

Through class discussion and assessment, you will reflect on your own intercultural communication, learning and development.

Through a research portfolio, you'll gain the analytical and theoretical skills required to understand and analyse communication in a wide range of settings. For example, your empirical project can be in connection with voluntary work (for a charity or NGO). Or, it can be related to 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.

Your future

Intercultural communication careers

The Cross-Cultural Communication Master's is relevant if you wish to study communication, language and culture. The course will prepare you for work in international and intercultural environments.

Communication is an essential aspect of the work in roles such as:

  • marketing and communications
  • communications consultants
  • human resources advisors
  • international recruitment
  • digital communications
  • translators and interpreters
  • social workers
  • international sales representatives
  • NGO staff
  • Study Abroad coordinators
  • teachers

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

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Questions about this course?

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School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8830


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