Intercultural Communication


  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 2 Years


Why Lancaster?

  • Study in a world-class linguistics department in a dynamic, intercultural environment
  • Be among the first to hear from our experts on their work in intercultural pragmatics, bilingual cognition, linguistic and cultural relativity, and cross-cultural communication
  • Boost your career prospects with a higher-level degree, demonstrating your intercultural awareness and in-depth research skills
  • Join one of our research groups in Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Learning and Teaching, or Discourse & Text, and benefit from a host of additional events, talks and activities to complement and enhance your course
  • Enjoy the flexibility of designing part of your degree based on your specific interests
  • Make the most of our outstanding resources including fully equipped labs for eye-tracking, phonetics and child language analysis
  • Use your degree as a stepping-stone to become an expert in communication in the public or private sector

Meeting and working with different people across the globe has become part of everyday life. Join us to discover how the diversity of culture means organisations need to reassess their communication strategies. Get yourself on track for a fascinating career in a rapidly evolving field.

Tailor your studies

How do culture and language influence our interactions when we travel, go to the doctor or attend a workplace meeting? You’ll explore questions like this and unpick theory in our two core modules ‘Intercultural Communication’ and ‘Intercultural Encounters’. You’ll also be able to develop your research skills in our third core module, ‘Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language’.

Beyond these three core modules, you can shape your degree around your particular interests by choosing from our extensive range of optional modules, from cognitive linguistics to second language acquisition. Plus, you can focus on one of your special interests in your dissertation. Previous students have chosen topics as diverse as the representation of linguistic and cultural groups in the media, and how foreign language teachers teach intercultural competence.

Outside the lecture theatre

We pride ourselves on offering much more than high quality teaching. Join one of our many different research groups, such as Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Learning and Teaching, Discourse & Text, try one of the lively university societies or take part in one of our international summer schools.

A Culture and Communication Network provides the opportunity to connect with colleagues across Lancaster University who work in different disciplines and are interested in any aspect of communication and culture.

Don’t worry if you’re returning to education or aren’t used to studying in the UK – we’re ready to provide extra support if you need it. You can get help with your academic reading, writing and presentation skills through the ‘Postgraduate Academic Study Skills’ module.


The field of Intercultural Communication is gaining in prominence and our Master’s programme will equip you with specialist skills and knowledge that is valuable in many professional roles.

You will also hone your transferable skills, such as research methods and analysis, compelling writing, and the ability to present a case confidently and clearly.

Some of the careers you could go into include:

  • Marketing communications
  • Work with charities/NGOs
  • Community liaison
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • HR and administration roles

In addition, many of our Master’s students go on to pursue further research with a PhD.

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.

We also welcome applicants from other subject backgrounds with linguistic knowledge commensurate with an undergraduate degree

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

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. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 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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