This course meets the demand for increased knowledge in intercultural communication.
Changing social conditions and circumstances need:
- new ways of dealing with people
- fresh ways of interacting and communicating with people of other cultures
Our cross-cultural communication master's covers how cultures and human behaviour reflexively interconnect.
We must improve our knowledge and understanding of the processes and issues involved in cross-cultural communication. We must discover how we can apply such knowledge in everyday experiences.
In practice, 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
- how language, thought, and behaviour are interrelated
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. You'll work regularly with peers from a wide range of national, linguistic and professional backgrounds. You'll develop interpersonal and intercultural skills.
The intercultural communication course is theoretically, practically and research-oriented. You can select one of six specialist pathways.
- Cross-Cultural Communication and International Marketing MA
- Cross-Cultural Communication and International Management MA
- Cross-Cultural Communication and Media Studies MA
- Cross-Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics MA
- Cross-Cultural Communication and Education MA
- Cross-Cultural Communication and International Relations MA
- International Development and Education with Cross Cultural Communication MA
Our cross-cultural communication courses are the only ones in the world to offer such a broad range of specialisms. You'll receive a combination of expertise in cross-cultural communication and an additional area. This means enhanced employability in the competitive global marketplace.
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What you'll learn
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 communication students.
Modules in this area are delivered by lecturers from the relevant school. You'll find details under the specific pathways.
The course consists of three main parts, each comprising 60 credits.
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
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How you'll learn
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'll receive training on the practical, theoretical and methodological skills required to conduct research relevant to the field of cross-cultural communication. This includes various ways of collecting and analysing empirical data:
- ethnographic observation
- research interviews
- questionnaire-based statistical analysis
- discourse analysis
You’ll be taught using a range of methods, including:
- online lecture videos and activities
- online interactive lessons
- in-person small group teaching
- in-person small group workshops
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Oral presentation
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Research paper
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:
- a reflective research skills journal, submitted in 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
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Through the research portfolio, you'll learn analytical and theoretical skills required to understand and analyse communication in a wide range of settings. You'll learn about research in communication and cross-cultural communication from a range of perspectives, including:
- social psychology
- communication studies
- intercultural communication studies
- discourse studies
We'll encourage you 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.
Intercultural communication careers
The cross-cultural communication master's are relevant if you wish to study communication, language and culture. They'll also suit anyone intending to work, or are already working, in international and cross-cultural environments. Communication is an essential aspect of the work in roles such as:
- communications consultants
- social workers
- international sales representatives
- medical and healthcare professionals
- humanitarian aid staff
- local government officials
Our Careers Service
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions), including:
- a well-stocked Education Resource Centre
- Language Analysis Lab
- a phonetics lab
- an audio-video lab
- a recording studio
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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