Intercultural Business Communication MA

Intercultural Business Communication MA

School of Language and Global Studies


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Three to Five years

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Why study this programme?

MA Intercultural Business Communication will be of interest to those wishing to work in careers related to, or who have already worked in international business and management contexts. It will also be relevant to those who wish to become more successful in understanding communication or who are cultural specialists in their own professions.

The postgraduate course raises awareness of theories of communication, culture, language and society and their applications in business interactions. The distinctiveness of the programme lies in the focus of the course’s three principal components: emphasis on intercultural and communication theories applied to work-related contexts in International Business; multi-disciplinary pathways; and Research Training.

Entry Requirements

Degree at 2:1, IELTS 6.5

Programme at a Glance

Compulsory Modules (7)

  • EB 4602: Theory and Practice in Intercultural Business Communication
  • EB 4902: Organisational Communication
  • EB 4708: Multicultural Marketing
  • EB4204: Research Methods
  • EB4701: The Dissertation (Triple module) OR
  • EB4702: The Work Placement Project (Triple module)

Option Modules - (Choose 2)

A) Language and Communication

  • EB 4707: Communication in Human Resource Management
  • EB4203: Global Communication Studies
  • EB4201: Challenges in Global Development
  • EB4603: Intercultural Business Communication in the Digital Age

B) Translation and Interpretation

  • TR 4002: Theory of Translation
  • TR4007: Technical Business Interpreting (German, Arabic, Chinese, Polish) 

Option Modules cntd

C) Business

  • MD 4003: *Management Theory and Practice
  • MD 4018: *Strategic Management
  • MD 4004: *Business Environment
  • MD 4022: * Strategy in Action
  • AC 4007: *Accounting and Finance
  • MK 4204: *Strategic Brand Management
  • MK 4205: *E-Marketing Strategy
    * Half Modules

D) Tourism

  • TL4019: Tourism Management
  • TL4029: Management Development

E) Public Relations

  • PR 4015: Applied Communication: Theoretical concepts and principles
  • PR 4016: Applied Communication Management

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 7 March 2018

Further Information


Year 1

  • EB 4602: Theory and Practice in Intercultural Business Communication
  • EB 4200: Professional Communication in Intercultural Contexts
  • Option Module

Year 2

  • EB 4902: Organisational Communication
  • EB 4708: Multicultural Marketing
  • Option Module

Year 3

  • EB4204: Research Methods
  • EB 4701: Dissertation OR
  • EB 4702: Work Placement Project

Students will be offered the opportunity to attend a residential team building training programme at the beginning of Semester 1. Students from non-traditional or international educational backgrounds have the opportunity to enrol for the free Certificate in Academic Development or to audit academic essay sessions to help them perform better in a UK University environment. Other opportunities include the International Society, the HOST Organisation, international films at the Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema. In addition there are opportunities to act as language ambassadors for your country.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £6,500 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,250 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

You will receive input from a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. A student-centred approach is emphasised in the teaching and learning process.

We use a variety of assessment procedures including essays, portfolios, presentations, projects and examinations. The assessment methods and criteria we use are linked to the learning outcomes specified for each module.

Course Outline

You have to complete a total of nine modules of which the Dissertation or Work Placement Project  (based on a work placement of at least 6 weeks) are triple modules. Four modules are taught-core compulsory modules and two are option modules.

Option modules

In addition to the compulsory modules, you will need to take two option modules which can be selected from the pathways listed below. The modules allow participants to develop further knowledge in a field of their interest such as linguistics, public relations, human resource management and translation, and to apply this knowledge to intercultural business communication in various contexts. However, entry to some of the modules is not automatic as there may be pre-requisites. In addition, options will only run provided there are adequate numbers.


At the end of the course, you will have acquired knowledge and understanding of principles and theories of communication, language, culture and society; developed an awareness of how cultural differences can create conflict; and learned skills for undertaking independent research.