Intercultural Communication

MA

  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • Duration Full time 12 Months

Overview

Take your Masters with one of the best Linguistics departments in the world. We are ranked 15th in the world for Lingistics by the QS World Ranking 2021.

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 gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of communication across cultures by drawing on both linguistic and social theory. You will study modules on intercultural communication and research methods. Our aim is to provide a strong background in subject-specific knowledge and develop your skills in a range of analytical methods. You can also select from a range of optional modules and tailor the degree to suit your own interests.

You will take two core modules on Intercultural Communication, which will introduce you to the key concepts, theories and approaches in the field and enable you to explore communication in salient domains of intercultural interactions such as business, education and health. You will also complete one core module on Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language, which provides an essential grounding in the research skills you will be using in the programme.

Using optional modules, you could focus your programme on a specific area of language and linguistics that is of particular interest and relevance for you including: Cognitive Linguistics; Discourse Studies; Sociolinguistics; Translation (through option modules from the Department of Languages & Cultures).

With research groups in corpus studies, discourse studies, language testing, literacy studies, second language learning and teaching, the opportunities for learning extend far beyond the classroom. Past students tell us that the opportunity to participate in the various activities of our research centres and groups is one of the most valuable aspects of studying in the department.

This programme requires you to complete a 12,500-word dissertation relating to any area of Intercultural Communication that we teach. Working on your dissertation will help you develop valuable research and transferrable skills regardless of whether you consider continuing to doctoral studies or undertaking other careers. You may opt to complete an extended dissertation (20,000-25,000 words) subject to satisfactory performance on the programme.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a language/linguistics-related degree or one with a number of language/linguistics-related subjects.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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

Core

Optional

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. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Take a Masters in Linguistic Studies or English Language at Lancaster University

Enhance your career or academic credentials with a specialist Masters degree from Lancaster University. Our Masters programmes include Language Testing, TESOL, Intercultural Communication, English Language, Discourse Studies and Corpus Linguistics.

Phonetics Lab

Facilities

The Department has some outstanding resources. We have fully equipped laboratories for eye-tracking, phonetics, EEG (Electroencephalography) and child language analysis. These facilities are used by undergraduate students, postgraduate students and staff for a variety of research projects.

Research Facilities

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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