Intercultural Business Communication (with Professional Placement) MA

Intercultural Business Communication (with Professional Placement) MA

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies


Post- graduate





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    Full-time: 2 years; Part-time: 3-5 years

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Why study this programme?

This course will be of interest to those wishing to have careers relating to international business and to gain further work experience in the UK or elsewhere. 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 and practice of communication, culture, discourse, society and their applications in business management interactions. The distinctiveness of the programme lies in the focus of the course’s principal components: extended work placement opportunity, emphasis on intercultural and communication theories applied to work-related contexts in International Business; multi-disciplinary pathways; and Research Training. 

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Entry Requirements

Degree at 2:1; IELTS 6.5

Programme at a Glance


  • EB 4602: Theory and Practice in Intercultural Business Communication
  • EB 4902: Organisational Communication
  • EB 4708: Multicultural Marketing
  • EB4204: Research Methods
  • EB4701: The Dissertation (double module) OR
  • EB4703: The Work Placement Project (double module)


  • EB4707: Human Resource Management for Intercultural Business Communication
  • EB4201: Challenges in Global Development
  • EB4603: Intercultural Business Communication in the Digital Age
  • AI4103 Historical Transformation In the Asia Pacific
  • AI4104 Political Changes and Social Movements in the Asia Pacific
  • AI4101 China-Japan-Korea Tri-lateral Relations
  • AI4106 East Asian Philosophy and Thought
  • TR 4995 Advanced Business Interpreting  Arabic/German/French/Chinese
  • TR 4996 Conference Translation Arabic/German/French/Chinese
  • TR 4008 Professional Business Skills
  • MD4055 Management Theory and Practice
  • TL4019 Tourism Management
  • TL4029 Management Development
  • MD4004 Business Environment (half module)
  • MD4018 Strategic Management (half module)
  • AC4407 Accounting and Finance (half module)

Full time:

  • Year 1 consists of the compulsory and option modules (see above).
  • Year 2 consists of PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT

Part time:

  • Year 1 consists of a mix of compulsory and option modules
  • Year 2 consists of a mix of compulsory and option modules
  • Year 3 consists of a mix of compulsory and option modules
  • Year 4 consists of a mix of compulsory and option modules
  • Year 5 consists of PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT

Further Information

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, reports, presentations, projects and examinations. The assessment methods and criteria we use are linked to the learning outcomes specified for each module.

Come on this fantastic course to enhance your CV and your future employment prospects in the international world of business.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

Work placement module plus professional placement.


Full time students on this course will have the opportunity in year 1 (part time years 1-4) to do either an employability/enterprise project and then in year 2 (part time year 5), complete the professional placement which can either be in the UK or overseas.


I would highly recommend this course if you are interested in the influence of culture in the work environment, as well as acquiring the skillset that can be used in almost every industry. This qualification is a fantastic way for students to get to work in British and international companies.