What Will You Study

In the 21st century, meeting, working and communicating with people from across the globe has become part of everyday life. This diversity of culture brings with it a need for businesses and organisations to reassess their communication strategies to ensure that their internal and external communications are fully effective. Lancaster University’s MA in Intercultural Communication is designed to equip you with the expertise to advise on and implement effective communications in a range of multicultural settings.

This flexible Masters programme will enable you to deepen your understanding of communication across cultures by drawing on both linguistic and social theory. Two core modules on intercultural communication and a research methods module provide a strong background in subject-specific knowledge and develop your skills in a range of analytical methods. You can also select from a wide range of optional modules, offering a great deal of flexibility to follow your own interests.

Your core modules are:

  • Intercultural Communication: which introduces you to the key concepts, theories and approaches in the field
  • Intercultural Encounters: which enables you to explore communication in salient domains of intercultural interactions such as business, education and health
  • Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language: which equips you with a range of research skills that you will be using during the programme
  • Dissertation: an independent, in-depth inquiry into a topic of your choosing which links to key issues in the field of Intercultural Communication and may directly relate to your professional interests.

You will also take a Postgraduate Academic Study Skills module (non-credit) which will help you to develop the academic skills you need to get the most from the programme.

A dissertation supervisor will provide you with support and introduce you to relevant literature for your chosen topic. Their personal research interests will closely align with your chosen topic wherever possible. The dissertation is your opportunity to contribute to the academic community with original research and writing and to specialise in a topic.

You will also choose three optional modules from a wide range of topics. This will allow you the flexibility to focus your degree on a specific area of linguistics and language studies that is of particular interest and relevance for you (for example, Cognitive Linguistics, Discourse Studies, Sociolinguistics, Translation).

Our teaching approach combines tutor-driven lectures and student-driven seminars, assessments that require autonomous work and group work. Through group work on a small-scale research project, part of the core module Intercultural Encounters, you will have the opportunity to reflect on intercultural team work and communication and develop the skills necessary to be successful in careers that value intercultural competence.

The MA in Intercultural Communication is also an ideal stepping stone to PhD study at Lancaster University or other leading universities.