Intercultural Communication MA


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Start date

24 September 2018


2 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)

Up to 20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472375

About the course

You'll receive a high quality education, based on the teaching and research strengths of a well-established team of scholars involved in English linguistics and interaction studies.

We’ll help you gain a systematic and broad understanding of key aspects of intercultural communication, with the particular advantage that you will be merging your academic knowledge with practical analytical skill.

You’ll acquire a sound knowledge of how to analyse and interpret interaction via English within and across cultures, developing professional skills that are highly relevant to the job market, with the additional benefit of having an option to learn a foreign language. We place emphasis on analysing both spoken and written forms of English language, using different methods of analysis and employing a range of theories of language usage.

Your studies are led by experts who are renowned nationally and internationally for their excellence in teaching and research. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise, 20% of our overall submission was said to be 'world leading' and 53% to be internationally excellent'. (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

We have a vibrant research community of both national and international students. We regularly host conferences which reflect the research interests of our academic staff, and research seminars by our own students, staff and visiting guest speakers.

For more information about our research areas of interest visit our Linguistics and Modern Languages research pages

The course provides insight into the ways in which people from different cultural background interact with each other, by devoting special attention to the realm of organisational and business communication. It is useful for students who want to find practical jobs in multinational companies and other international settings, in which understanding language and culture is a key. It also provides a key starting point for students who want to conduct research on language and culture at doctoral level, and who intend to use business data as the source of their research.

Professor Daniel Kadar

Professor Daniel Kadar, Professor in English Language and Linguistics

Course Detail

Key Concepts of Intercultural and Business Communication

Key Concepts of Intercultural and Business Communication aims to provide Master's level introduction into intercultural communication, with special focus on intercultural communication in business settings, by giving you an overview of the main concepts as well as the key methodological and data issues of the field. The module aims to conceptualise ‘culture’ and ‘language’ in a critical way, showing that accounts which describe intercultural interactions in terms of clear cross-cultural differences tend to be either ideologically or methodologically biased. Such biased accounts can cause major failures when analysing interaction in various settings, such as those in professional business. You are offered an overview of various approaches to conducting both micro-level and macro-level analyses of culturally situated language use. The module also aims to train you to individually collect and analyse intercultural communicational data, from the business world and elsewhere.

Dissertation (Intercultural Communication)

The module aims to guide you through a process of producing original research in intercultural studies, including general research skills, background reading, research and writing up. As it progresses, the experience becomes individualised to suit your individual interests and projects. As part of this process, you present your research our annual Postgraduate Conference.

You take 180 credits at Master's level. As a part-time student, you take 90 credits per year, based on staff availability and the number of students on the course, from:

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is by lecture, seminar and workshop activities. All teaching is supported by opportunities for individual feedback and consultation with staff. You are encouraged to participate in classes by a variety of teaching methods, including group and pair work and by the use of presentations. Assessment includes essays, projects and dissertations. All work is moderated and subject to second marking and external examining.

We use a range of assessment methods, including formative and summative assignments. Summative assessment (normally taken at the end of each module) includes essays, reports of original research, a short-answer test, a presentation and the dissertation. Formative assessment includes participation in group exercises (face-to-face or via Webinar), critical evaluation of published texts, and analysis of data.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks - unless the submission was made towards the end of the session, in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.

Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

All your work is moderated and subject to second marking and external examining.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant subject.
  • Other relevant qualifications and/or experience may be considered.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Teaching excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see the Research section of our website.

Student Work

As a postgraduate student in Linguistics and Modern Languages, you'll have opportunities to work within our research centres, some of which have developed partnerships with the public, private and third sectors

Your Career

Develop professional skills which are highly relevant to the job market, equipping you for a range of careers from teaching, publishing, broadcasting, to research, policy planning, or third sector voluntary work.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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