Graduates of MA in Intercultural Communication will be able to pursue careers in a variety of contexts, including the careers where communication is central (e.g. advertising, media, publishing, human resources & translation), and a variety of public sector contexts (education, health, policy) as well communication training in diverse professional fields. Others may use this as a way to start their own business. Students completing this MA might also go on to undertake a PhD in Applied Linguistics or a teaching qualification to take their practice into a school, FE or HE setting.

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Overview

There is much discussion today of the need to be a good communicator and this means the ability to be able to operate in an increasingly globalised environment. In organisations people increasingly need to work with others from different cultural backgrounds and be able to manage the differing expectations, assumptions and identity needs that inevitably are now part of the social fabric of the workplace. This is equally true today in international corporations, educational contexts (classrooms, universities), the health services (hospitals) and all services that work with an increasingly culturally diverse public such as the police and the legal profession, NGOs, the armed forces in peace keeping roles, immigration services and Not for Profit Organisations operating across the world.

An enhanced understanding of intercultural communication provides the tools to navigate this complex terrain. By undertaking this degree, you will develop your expertise in, and your ability to: analyse intercultural interaction; research intercultural communication in a range of social settings and develop your ability to both practise and advise on successful intercultural communication in specific professional practice contexts.

Why study Intercultural Communication?

This degree centres intercultural communication within applied linguistics. We believe in the importance of having an understanding of how language and other modes of communication are used in human interaction. It is this understanding combined with an understanding of the operation of culture, identity and power which provides the tools for understanding intercultural communication. The degree is designed to draw upon and share the experiences of both part-time and full-time course participants from a variety of backgrounds who can bring to the course their own unique cultural understandings and experiences.

You will:

  • develop the tools to understand yourself and others in terms of their cultures, identities and communication practices;
  • develop a sophisticated and systematic breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of linguistics in terms of language systems and language use and its applications intercultural communication;
  • gain a systematic and critical understanding of relevant intercultural communication knowledge and theory drawing on anthropological, sociological and psychological perspectives and relates these to the concrete world of practice;
  • apply a range of relevant knowledge and theory in intercultural communication to a workplace setting in terms of professional practice;
  • evaluate, apply and critique a range of appropriate and ethically-considered methodologies for intercultural communication research, evaluation and evidence-based practice, demonstrating ability to argue for alternative and creative approaches;
  • carry out a sustained piece of ethical empirical research which successfully intercultural communication knowledge and theory, data collection and analysis, which in so doing develops you as a researcher;
  • become autonomous, independent and innovative in scholarship, demonstrating ability to deploy a range of learning resources for research and self-critical writing, take responsibility for personal professional development and engage in academic and professional communication with others.

Entry requirements

Please note that candidates will be interviewed by a member of the teaching team prior to being accepted onto the course.

For more information about the course, please contact postgraduate@canterbury.ac.uk

All about the course

To gain the MA award you will study the modules:

  • Intercultural Communication: From Theory to Practice
  • Discourse & Pragmatics
  • Investigating Language Systems
  • Professional Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Topics in Applied Linguistics

In the final trimester, with the support and guidance of an individual supervisor, you will write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of Intercultural Communication.

Module information

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

The programme uses lectures, seminars, a virtual learning environment, group work, practical work, individual and small-group tutorials and guided independent study. These are designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of subject-specific skills and important ideas in applied linguistics, and to develop cognitive and practical skills by applying this understanding to specific professional contexts. Working with others and sharing experiences and perspectives with fellow students will deepen and refine your understanding of, and ability to assess and to explore the theories and ideas you encounter on the course. Through participation in discussion, both face-to-face and online, you will both refine your own understanding and develop communication and listening skills for effective collaboration relevant to professional life.

We also make use of a flipped classroom approach, whereby core learning is placed outside of class time to provide more time in class for critical discussion and practical group activities. A flipped approach provides you with opportunities to study module content at your own pace; develops and extends students’ independent learning and builds confidence for full engagement and participation in classroom discussion and activities. Being required to produce regular assignments and presentations contributes significantly to your conscious organisation of material, encouraging connections between different theoretical and practical sides in the course content, making it more relevant to you. In this, we agree with Vygotsky that ‘Thought does not express itself in words, but rather realizes itself in them’.

How you’ll be assessed

Throughout the course your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed through a variety of learning activities. You will be encouraged to engage in self-assessment and may be actively involved in peer assessment.

Formally, the course is assessed solely through coursework, including portfolio work, reports, essays and presentations.

In the final trimester, with the support and guidance of an individual supervisor, you will write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of Intercultural Communication.

There is no final exam.

Your future career

Graduates of this course will be able to pursue careers in a variety of contexts, including the careers where communication is central (e.g. advertising, media, publishing, human resources & translation), and a variety of public sector contexts (education, health, policy) as well communication training in diverse professional fields. Others may use this as a way to start their own business.

Students completing this MA might also go on to undertake a PhD in Applied Linguistics or a teaching qualification to take their practice into a school, FE or HE setting.

Fees

Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2021. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £8,160 £13,000
Part-time N/A N/A

 

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about postgraduate Master’s student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

See information about financial support available for postgraduate studies

If you would like information about paying your fees, please contact accounts.receivable@canterbury.ac.uk

For specific fee queries, please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk

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Duration:

1 year

Location(s):

Canterbury
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