Intercultural Communication with International Business MA
Why choose this course
Intercultural communication is about making connections. This course combines the research and teaching strengths of our School of Literature and Languages with the expertise of the Surrey Business School, offering an exciting fusion of skills and experience that could accelerate your career.
We were one of the first universities in the UK to offer communication courses, and we’ve successfully trained more than 300 graduates who are now equipped for a range of careers in communication and intercultural consultancy, many within government agencies in countries outside the UK, international diplomatic organisations and business consultancies.
What you will study
Our MA Intercultural Communication with International Business combines linguistic studies, cultural studies, international business components and training in research methods.
This course is ideal if you’re a business professional and want to enhance your profile with a postgraduate qualification. It’s also perfect if you’re a graduate of humanities, English language or business and you’re looking to develop a deeper insight into business across linguistic and cultural boundaries.
You’ll take six compulsory modules, two optional modules and write a dissertation where you have the opportunity to specialise according to your personal interests. The programme includes numerous opportunities to apply and develop your skills through practical tasks.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Placement||Start date|
|MA||Part-time||24 months||October 2019|
|MA||Full-time||12 months||October 2019|
This course 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, this course is ideal if you are looking to work in multinational business, especially in intercultural training, human resource management, and communication and marketing.
It will give you valuable preparation for a career in:
- government international agencies
- international diplomatic organisations
- the voluntary sector
- local government community initiatives and business consultancies
- the communication industries.
Many of our graduates go on to find employment in a wide range of international organisations and businesses, while others choose to take research degrees in their subject.
As a student of the School of Literature and Languages, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our 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 course will also allow you to benefit from our close affiliation with the Surrey Business School, a forward-thinking provider of internationally recognised postgraduate vocational management degree courses.
We have strong links with industry and have 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.
English language support for all
We offer training for all our students in:
- Oral skills
- Academic listening
- Contemporary British society
- Critical thinking
- Legal English
- Academic reading and note-taking
- Grammar revision
- Essay writing
- Essay writing for native English speakers
- Thesis or dissertation writing.
MARQUEZ REITER R Dr (Lit & Langs)
Terms and conditions
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Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Year 1 (full-time)
Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
Choose two from listed optional modules.
Year 1 (part-time)
Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
Take CMCM017 Introduction to Research Methods plus three more compulsory modules in consultation with Programme Leader
Year 2 (part-time)
Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
Choose two from listed optional modules plus two remaining compulsory modules
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Learning and disability
We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in any linguistics or communication based course or a recognised international qualification.
Alternatively, we'll consider a minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in any subject, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in each other element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Study mode||Start date||Placement||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|Full-time||October 2019||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.