M.A. Intercultural Communication

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

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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

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 9900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2015, February  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

  • Cultural Diversity And Change
  • Exploring Research: Concepts And Methods
  • Intercultural Communication Dissertation
  • Intercultural Training
  • Language And Intercultural Relations
  • The Communication Process
  • Area Studies Project
  • Communication In Business
  • Globalization, Conflict And Reform
  • Issues In Second Language Acquisitions
  • Managing People
  • Marketing
  • Professional Practice
  • Public Relations Issues
  • Stewardship, Tourism And The Environment
  • The Methodology Of Language Teaching
  • Theories Of International Relations And International Institutions
  • Worldmaking:Tourism And Globalisation
  • English Language Requirements

    IELTS take IELTS test
    6
    CAE score
    180(Grade C)

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

    The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    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.Students may be exempt from the University's requirement to have a formal English language qualification if they have studied for a first degree in the English language medium in a majority English-speaking country, or they have passed one of the following:
    • GCSE or O Level English language grade C or above validated in the UK
    • IGCSE English as a First Language Grade C and the following individual scores: Reading Grade E, Writing Grade E, Speaking and Listening: Speaking Grade D (0522) or 2 (0500), Listening Grade D (0522) or 2 (0500)
    • IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade C and the following individual scores: Reading and Writing: Reading Grade D, Writing Grade D, Oral (Speaking) Grade C (0511) or 2 (0510), Listening Grade A
    • Scottish Certificate of Education Standard Grade English, minimum grade C
    • Scottish Certificate of Education Higher Grade English, minimum grade D
    • Irish Leaving Certificate – Ordinary Level English, minimum grade C
    • Irish Leaving Certificate – Higher Level English, minimum grade D
    • West African Examinations Council School Certificate (WAEC SSCE): Minimum Grade C/6

    Work Experience for Intercultural Communication

    No work experience is required.

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