M.A. Intercultural Communication

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP9900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
University of Bedfordshire | Luton, United Kingdom
The programme draws on the latest developments in linguistic and psychological theory. You may take option pathways in other disciplines such as management, marketing, TEFL and travel and tourism, where you will study alongside students of those disciplines.

Description of Intercultural Communication


This innovative course is the first of its kind in the UK, providing in-depth training in intercultural communication, drawing on the latest developments in linguistic and psychological theory. The focus on cultural diversity and communication issues will develop your ability to analyse and explain cultural differences in language use and intercultural interactions, and to design effective intercultural training programmes.
You will also examine and critically evaluate theories and research findings relating to communication across cultures.

Together with the core topics in intercultural communication, you may choose pathways to suit your interests and career ambitions in areas such as management, marketing and public relations, travel and tourism, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). For those wishing to take options from the TEFL pathway, previous experience in this area is expected.

Differences in the way we communicate can affect interpersonal and intercultural relations; with the help of business and education case studies, you will learn how perceived cultural differences can be analysed and notions of miscommunication and negative stereotyping can be minimised.

The course will also teach you how to design, implement and effectively evaluate intercultural training programmes, equipping you with the practical and professional skills of the trainer/adviser. This will enable you to address contemporary issues affecting todays multicultural societies, both nationally and internationally.

By successfully completing the Master's course in Intercultural Communication, you will gain skills that are highly valued by employers worldwide. You will be able to draw on empirical evidence to explain how linguistic and cultural factors can influence the effectiveness of communication and the appropriate management of relationships. You will have the knowledge, understanding and experience to help deal with cultural diversity issues effectively, in areas such as international business, aid agencies, local authority service providers and education.

During the course you will:

  • Study at a University that is the national centre for the European Social Fund Project, Language and Culture for Business - so you will benefit from the resources and expertise this brings, as well as from a highly experienced teaching team
  • Gain institutional membership of the Society for Intercultural Education Training (SIETAR)
  • Benefit from highly regarded visiting professors, including Charles Hampden-Turner and Alan Barrell, and professional trainers from organisations such as SIETAR as guest speakers

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:

  • Cultural diversity and change
  • Exploring culture: concepts and methods
  • The communications process
  • Language and intercultural relations
  • Intercultural training
  • The methodology of language teaching
  • Issues in TEFL
  • International tourism
  • World-making and globalisation
  • Managing for results
  • International marketing
  • Public relations

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 9900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 4500 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content


A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course. You are required to undertake a variety of group and individual based assessments throughout the duration of the course. These assessments include individual essays, reports, presentations, and group based reports and presentations. The assessments are designed to test knowledge and understanding of the appropriate subject matter, but also to demonstrate the range of skills identified above.

Educational Aims

The programme of study aims to achieve the following:

  • To examine in depth theories and research findings relating to intercultural communication and to critically evaluate them
  • To explore the methods used to research intercultural communication and to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses
  • To demonstrate the relevance of intercultural communication theory to cultural diversity issues in domains such an international business and education
  • To train you to design, implement and evaluate effectively intercultural training/briefing programmes, applying appropriate analytic frameworks
  • To increase your understanding of the complex interplay of factors(especially linguistic and psychological factors) that affect intercultural communication
  • To debate the ethical and practical issues associated with intercultural training and behavioural change
  • To enable you to carry out an in-depth study of an issue relating to intercultural communication
  • To allow you to specialise in different aspects of intercultural communication according to your interests and career aspirations

Student support

You will attend a number of induction sessions in your first week (administrative, academic, corporate and safety). Ongoing support regarding academic matters is provided by the Academic Advisory Service. Other support is provided by Student Services (including the Chaplaincy) and by the Students Union.

The Course Manager and teaching team provide support through extra tutorials, language support where needed, regular surgery hours and an open door policy.

Team working

In all units you will be expected to work in pairs and groups, often with students from very different cultures to your own. In some specific units(LNG002-6, TAL002-6; MAR009-6) you will be involved in group assessment. Many units will also help you build the skills needed to be a successful team member, by helping you identify and understand different communication styles and the values that underlie different behavioural patterns among team members. Units LNG002-6 and SHR015-6 identify and develop team management skills for successful task achievement.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

Requirements for Intercultural Communication

The normal entry requirements for postgraduate degrees (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) are a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with appropriate work experience.

The University accepts the following qualifications as satisfying the English Language requirements for entry to a Bachelor or Master's degree

  • IELTS overall score of 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each element

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) – score of between 52 and 54 with minimum of 51 in each band

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, minimum grade C (each element must be at 'weak' or above)

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, minimum grade C (each element must be at 'weak' or above)

Work Experience for Intercultural Communication

No work experience is required.

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