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4133f - Cross-Cultural Communication MA

Cross-Cultural Communication MA

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Start in: September 2022

Receive communication-focused training and develop expertise in intercultural communication through this master's in Cross-Cultural Communication.

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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.

Pathway-specific modules

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.

How you'll learn

Your development

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
  • ethnography
  • 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.

Your future

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
  • interpreters
  • social workers
  • international sales representatives
  • journalists
  • medical and healthcare professionals
  • humanitarian aid staff
  • teachers
  • 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.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


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 2022 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

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

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


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