M.A. Intercultural Communication

University of Bedfordshire

Tuition fee:
  • € 5,695 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,290 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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


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.


To join the programme you will normally need a degree, or substantial professional experience in a relevant field.

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants who have significant work experience or qualifications which differ from the above, but which nevertheless could be a basis for further study, may be invited for interview.

You do not need to have prior training in intercultural communication, linguistics or communication studies, but should be interested in language, culture and communication issues.

If you do not have an honours degree but have relevant work experience, please contact the course manager.

Candidates who are non-native speakers of English will need to have an English proficiency level of at least IELTS 6.0 or CAE Grade B (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

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