Preparing you for a wide range of careers in the area of communication and intercultural consultancy in multinational and international business.
This programme combines the internationally recognised research and teaching strengths in the School of English and Languages with the expertise of the internationally renowned Surrey Business School, accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
We will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the areas of communication and intercultural consultancy in multinational and international business, particularly in the fields of intercultural training, human resource management and communication. We will also provide you with valuable preparation for a career in government overseas agencies and international diplomatic organisations, the voluntary sector, local government initiatives and business consultancies, as well as in the communication industries.
This programme is ideal for business professionals who want to enhance their existing profile with a postgraduate qualification; humanities graduates who want to gain business skills to apply for roles relating to their first degrees (for example to start careers in publishing or arts management); graduates from business disciplines who want to deepen their insight into business across linguistic and cultural boundaries; and graduates in English language, linguistics or translation studies who want to add business skills to their portfolio.
The programme provides linguistic studies, cultural studies and international business components as well as a module in Research Methods. You will take six compulsory modules and two optional modules which range across the three components, giving you the opportunity to specialise according to your personal interest in your dissertation. The programme includes numerous opportunities to apply and develop your skills through practical tasks.
* Optional modules may be subject to change
** Subject to validation
C - Compulsory, O - Optional
|International Business Management||15||C|
|Intercultural Communication for Business Purposes||15||C|
|Teaching Intercultural Communication||15||C|
|Introduction to Research Methods: Answering Questions with Evidence||15||C|
|Global Diversity in Language and Communication||15||O|
|Women and Representation in Marketing, Media and Cultural Contexts||15||O|
|The Language of Advertising||15||O|
|International Human Resource Management||15||O|
|Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages for Professional Purposes **||15||O|
|Globalisation: Theories, Discourses and Practices **||15||O|
|Professional Writing **||15||O|
This module explores individual, group and organisational behaviour. It integrates the study of forms, structures and processes of organisations with the human aspects of psychology at work. It provides an insight into the fundamentals on which organisations are built and provides a set of analytical systems for understanding behaviour at work and managerial processes.
This module includes integrating and applying the concepts of marketing, strategy, staff and financial management to the international workplace. It pays special attention to issues such as globalisation, foreign direct investment (FDI) theory and patterns, the role and importance of the multinational company (MNC), managing human resources within the MNC, and comparative studies of cultural and institutional influences on the management of MNCs.
This module considers conversational implicature, speech act theory, frames and footing, politeness, conversation analysis and conversational style.
This module aims to develop insights into the relationship between linguistic, cultural and psychological signals, and an increased awareness of communication as both a linear and circular mode of information transfer.
This module provides an introduction to some of the principal tools of social research in preparation for the dissertation. Through the provision of hands-on experience in workshop exercises, you will be equipped with the tools to evaluate evidence that has been generated through various methods and techniques and to select appropriately from among these in planning your own research.
This module provides a practical introduction to teaching intercultural communication in various settings and contexts. Starting from a discussion of the nature of intercultural competence, it will cover ways of assessing intercultural competence, needs analysis and tools / approaches to teaching, as well as providing an overview of the current market in intercultural teaching and training.
This module investigates the ideological, social and historical moorings of communication that shape today’s globalised world.
This module will provide you with an understanding of the management of human resources in an international context, to examine the political and economic factors which influence the decision-making processes of multinational organizations, and the way these affect HR strategies and policies.
The module will introduce you to the ways in which women are represented in a variety of texts, written, spoken and visual, in particular within the context of marketing and advertising and the media. You will develop the ability to analyse these representations. Topics include: gender stereotyping; consumerism; sexuality; other relations of difference (e.g. ethnicity; disability; sexual orientation); and cross cultural comparisons, among others).
This module will provide you to the main issues concerning communication in both written and oral genres in professional settings as well as the theoretical and methodological approaches used to study such issues. This will equip them with the skills to reflect critically on professional communication events in a variety of contexts.
This module will teach you how to apply concepts from linguistics, in particular pragmatics, and semiotics to the analysis of advertisements. It will examine how advertisement designers exploit linguistic and visual means in order to communicate messages and to persuade their recipients. It will consider advertisements in various media, including newspapers/journals, radio, TV and the internet, and will examine the effect of culture on the production and perception of advertisements.
Most modules are assessed by written assignment and some by a combination of assignment and examination. Some programmes also include projects and group work. For the master’s stage, you will complete a 10,000 to 12,000-word dissertation on an approved subject of particular interest to you.
A total of eight contact hours per week in each semester for a full-time student. Part-time students usually spread the programme evenly over two years. Each 15-credit module involves 150 hours of work (made up of two contact hours per week for 12 weeks, reading, completion of assessment tasks, and so on).
This degree will prepare you for a career in the areas of communication and intercultural consultancy, particularly, though not exclusively, where the use of English is required. More specifically, the programme will appeal if you are seeking to work in multinational and international business, in particular in the fields of intercultural training, human resource management, and communication and marketing. It will provide valuable preparation for careers in government overseas agencies and international diplomatic organisations, the voluntary sector, local government community initiatives and business consultancies, as well as in the communication industries.
Many of our graduates go on to find employment in a wide range of international organisations and businesses; others choose to take research degrees in their subject.
Recent graduates of the MA Intercultural Communication with International Business have undertaken the following careers:
Research students have undertaken PhD research in the following areas:
As a student of the School of English and Languages, you will benefit from the expertise of a vibrant, multidisciplinary group of academics. You will also have access to a number of conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year. These events cover a range of topics to broaden your thinking in the fields of literature, language and linguistics, cultural studies and creative writing.
The business component of the programme will also allow you to benefit from the close affiliation with the Surrey Business School, a leading provider of internationally recognised postgraduate vocational management degrees. The School has strong links with industry and has established a number of high-profile partnerships with multinational organisations. You will be supported by a team of international staff with a wealth of global experience and specialist expertise. Surrey Business School modules are fully accredited by AACSB International.
Programmes available to all students include:
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AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education worldwide.
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The University of Surrey achieved its accreditation in November 2005 after a rigorous application and assessment process, culminating in a visit from an accreditation panel.
Less than 15 per cent of the world’s business schools are accredited by the AACSB, so the Surrey Business School was especially proud to join the elite group of less than 100 business schools in Europe holding AACSB accreditation.
Entry is open to applicants with a UK first or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent.
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IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
IELTS minimum by component:
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
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