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MA Intercultural Communication
Benefit from cutting-edge approaches to the study of intercultural awareness and communication skills.

MA Intercultural Communication

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts
Duration
12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
Entry requirements
Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please refer to the following School page regarding subject-specific requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites as shown under entry requirements:     

http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/applying/

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

References for master's applications

They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the  Online Application Form   to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course overview

  • Study in a vibrant multicultural and multilingual city, where you can put what you learn into practice.
  • Learn about cutting-edge critical approaches in intercultural communication research.
  • Develop knowledge of intercultural communication training.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement in Manchester.
  • Take course units in foreign languages.

For queries about academic content of the course, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Siobhan Brownlie, at Siobhan.Brownlie@manchester.ac.uk .

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of School awards and Subject-specific bursaries (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the  School's funding page  where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

See also  the University's postgraduate funding database  to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.

The  Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship of Academic Excellence  offers up to 100 fee waiver scholarships worth £2,000 each to high-achieving undergraduates from any UK University with an offer to study a Master's degree in the School.

For University of Manchester graduates, the  Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2019 entry.

The  Manchester Master's Bursary  is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.

Postgraduate 1+3 funding  is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (three years). It requires a project proposal as part of the application. Information is available here:

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
PG Taught Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0322
Email
Website
http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/translation-and-intercultural-studies/
Academic department overview

See: About us

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

English language

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25.

If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our  English language requirements  to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Please refer to the following School page regarding subject-specific requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites as shown under entry requirements:     

http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/applying/

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

References for master's applications

They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the  Online Application Form   to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

Advice to applicants

Please note that this course teaches during business hours and does not offer distance learning.

The part-time mode of attendance aims to concentrate contact time onto two days.

How your application is considered

Applications are mainly considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference(s) and any other supplementary evidence that supports the application.

We therefore strongly recommend you include a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of the subject and your motivation for wanting to study the programme.

For the specific requirements of each programme in the School, please visit our Applying page.

Please note that we receive a high volume of international applications for this programme and therefore encourage applications to be submitted by 1 April 2019 as the course may be closed to new applications from international students when all places are taken.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

The global era has stimulated transnational cultural flows of people, practices and products, and local cultural complexities that were inconceivable even a generation ago.

Nowadays, it is necessary to function effectively in culturally-diverse contexts ranging from organisations and workplaces, to neighbourhoods and cities, and to societies and regions.

As a consequence, intercultural awareness and communication skills are an advantage in many areas of employment.

Our MA Intercultural Communication master's course brings together a wide range of expertise to explore the cultural complexities and diversity of our current times from a variety of conceptual, disciplinary and professional perspectives.

The degree is designed for students who are interested in intercultural matters. Some knowledge of a foreign language is preferable, although not a prerequisite.

You can choose from a range of course units covering subjects such as:

  • migration
  • memory
  • media
  • translation
  • language contact
  • English as a global language
  • communicative interaction
  • intercultural relations
  • intercultural competence.

It is also possible to study a foreign language, and there is a placement option that will give you the opportunity to work in community organisations.

Aims

We have interests in intercultural studies, intercultural training, translation, communication, linguistics, and modern languages and cultures.

These interests allow us to offer a comprehensive course that aims to:

  • provide you with a cutting-edge critical approach to the field of intercultural communication;
  • offer a rich range of language and cultural studies-oriented options;
  • enhance your intercultural awareness and communication skills.

Teaching and learning

All course units are taught on a seminar basis, with group sizes varying depending on the course unit. Seminars offer opportunities for developing group work and presentation skills.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed by assignments and other marked work, rather than by written examination.

Course unit details

This course consists of core and optional course units and a dissertation.

Core units

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Developing Researcher Competence in Intercultural Communication

Optional units

You will take five options, at least three of which must be taken from the electives the course offers, while two may be taken from certain other courses offered by the University.

Dissertation

You will undertake a 15,000-word dissertation during the summer, with individual supervision by staff members.

Your choice of course units and dissertation topic will enable you to specialise in areas such as intercultural relations, intercultural training, translation, language studies and migration, depending on your preferred career paths and/or research interests.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to Intercultural Communication ICOM60001 15 Mandatory
Developing Researcher Competence in Intercultural Communication ICOM70102 30 Mandatory
Intercultural Engagement at Work and in Communities EDUC71230 15 Optional
Border-Crossings: Comparative Cultures of Diaspora ELAN60362 15 Optional
Translating for International Organisations ELAN60632 15 Optional
Topics in International Diplomacy ELAN71011 15 Optional
Translation and Media Culture ELAN72062 15 Optional
Postcolonial Literatures, Genres and Theories ENGL60461 30 Optional
Foreign Language Learning for Intercultural Competence ICOM60022 15 Optional
Language and identity in multicultural spaces ICOM60031 15 Optional
Memory, Mediation & Intercultural Relations ICOM60041 15 Optional
English as a Global Language ICOM60051 15 Optional
Attitudes to language in the English-speaking world LELA60061 15 Optional
SALC Placement (15cr) SALC70150 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 14 course units

Facilities

You will benefit from the facilities of the Graduate School, as well as the wider University of Manchester Library and cultural assets across campus and the wider city.

Find out more on the Facilities page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

This course will enhance your opportunities to gain employment in fields where intercultural competence is valued, for example, many multinational companies and organisations, international projects and NGOs, and multicultural and immigrant communities.

Find out more on the Careers and employability page.