Intercultural Communication MA - 2020 Entry

Entry Year
2020 also available in 2019

Full time 12 Month(s)

Course Overview

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.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.



We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees for 2019 were:

Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK/EU £8,500 £4,250
Overseas £17,500 £8,750

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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