Intercultural Business Communication MA

Intercultural Business Communication MA

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies


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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 and practise of communication, culture, discourse and society and their applications in business interactions. The distinctiveness of the programme lies in the focus of the course’s principal components: 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

Compulsory Modules (6)

  • 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)

Option Modules - (Choose 3)

  • 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)

Further Information


Year 1

  • EB 4602: Theory and Practice in Intercultural Business Communication
  • EB 4902: Organisational Communication
  • Option Module

Year 2

  • EB 4204: Research Methods
  • EB 4708: Multicultural Marketing
  • Option Module

Year 3

  • EB 4701: Dissertation OR
  • EB 4703: Work Placement Project
  • Option Module

Students from non-traditional or international educational backgrounds have the opportunity to attend academic skills and writing sessions via WISER 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 via the Worldwise Centre.

How to Apply

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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.

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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.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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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, reports, 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 or enterprise project) are double modules. Six modules are compulsory and three are option modules.

Option modules

In addition to the compulsory modules, you will need to take any three option modules which can be selected from the list below. The modules allow participants to develop further knowledge in a field of their interest such as human resource management, interpreting and translation, Asia pacific studies, digital communication, global development, business modules for example accounting or tourism; and to apply this knowledge to intercultural business communication in various contexts. However, entry to some of the interpreting and translation modules is not automatic as there may be language proficiency pre-requisites - Arabic, German, French, Chinese. 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 theories and practise of organisational communication, intercultural business communication, increased cultural competence, discourse awareness; developed an awareness of how cultural differences can create conflict and resolution; and learned skills for undertaking independent research.