International Business Communication and Communication Design, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English (take IELTS)
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The programme's primary objective is to produce experts in language (English, German, or Danish) and document/communication design. You will develop the ability to generate original, effective documents in a broad range of fields and obtain expertise in communication processes as well as in the linguistic interaction taking place in a technical or organizational environment. The MA in International Business Communication and Communication Design is offered by University of Southern Denmark.


Your linguistic and document design skills can be used to create all kinds of documents for companies or organizations, e.g. brochures, posters, user manuals.

You will gain expertise in
  • English, German, or Danish (applied linguistics and language proficiency)
  • text analysis and production
  • document design
  • interaction/conversation analysis
  • user studies

A Master in Language and Communication Design prepares you to work in international and intercultural PR, organizational and institutional communication, technical documentation and product development. You are also qualified to pursue an academic career. This program is offered in English which means that the teaching language for general and methodology courses is English. Courses in language specific topics are offered in the language you specialize in.

Career opportunities

MA in International Business Communication and Communication Design from University of Southern Denmark qualifies you for performing a variety of different advanced communication tasks in your foreign language (English, German, or Danish).

Graduates of the MA in International Business Communication and Communication Design are qualified to carry out a broad range of communication tasks in companies and organisations. Graduates have in-depth analytical and practical knowledge of document and interaction design principles and processed enabling them to analyse and produce texts that form part of internal and external organisational communication and to contribute to optimising user-oriented design and communicative interaction between people and technology. Their expertise in communication and their specialisation in a foreign language (Danish, German, English) allows graduates further to prepare and manage international contacts and to function as linguistic and cultural advisers and communicators, and to establish and maintain relations to national and international media.

More specifically, you will obtain skills in
  • Authoring texts, including translations
  • Designing correct and efficient documents
  • Participating in cross-disciplinary projects, to which you may contribute expertise in the areas of (foreign) language, culture, and communication and technology. Examples could be user-centered design projects in which you would cooperate, throughout the design of a technical product, with the product development, marketing, information, and customer services departments of the enterprise.
  • Planning and carrying out user surveys with the aim of measuring the efficiency of linguistic communication as well as of product development, in order to ensure that an analysis of human interaction with the product becomes an integral part of the design process. This means that as an MA in communication design, you may function as a mediator between the linguistic and technical worlds, which traditionally belong to separate cultures.
  • Contributing to localizing the business activities – from product sales to transfer of technology – of global business enterprises in the individual countries in which they operate. Localization means adapting products and services to local linguistic and cultural standards, as well adjusting the documents involved in the interaction between the global enterprise and the customer to local standards.

Programme Structure

This 2-year graduate programme is for students with a linguistic background in English, German, or Danish and a keen interest in communication in intercultural and technical environments. The programme consists of the 3 main components:

  • Language and linguistics
  • Communication design
  • Knowledge structuring and methodological competences,

which are complemented by electives of your choice, offering you the highest degree of individual specialization.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Academic Requirements

To apply for the Master's programme in International Business Communication and Communication Design, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following Bachelor degrees:
  • BA in International Business Communication with a foreign language and a subject area (the foreign language must match the applied programme)
  • BA in International Business Communication with two foreign languages (one of the foreign languages must match the applied programme)
  • A Professional Bachelor's degree in English and IT-based Marketing Communication.
You can also apply if you hold a similar degree including a minimum of:
  • 40 ECTS within the applied foreign language in relation to business communication, including:
  • 15 ECTS within methodological and analytical skills.

If your degree does not fulfill the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses.

Language requirements

The language requirements differ depending on the applied foreign language.

If you apply for the programme with English as a foreign language, you must prove a proficiency in English equivalent to level B in a Danish high school.

If you apply for the programme with German or Danish as a foreign language, you also need a proficiency in English equivalent to a B-level since the programme is taught in English. However, since translation tasks are a part of these programmes, it is important that you possess further qualifications in either English, Danish or German.

Therefore, if you apply for the programme with German as a foreign language, you must prove:

  • English on an A-level, or:
  • English on a B-level and Danish on an A-level. Nordic applicants can prove a proficiency in Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish or Icelandic equivalent to a Danish A-level.

If you apply for the programme with Danish as a foreign language, you must prove:

  • English on an A-level, or:
  • English on a B-level and German on an A-level.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 6200 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Only students with a non-EU/EEA-citizenship or non-Swiss-citizenship have to pay tuition fees. 


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