Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions (MA) (-)




Birkbeck, University of London 

Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions (MA)

About the course

This course offers you an opportunity to raise your cross-cultural awareness and enhance your intercultural communicative competence in international business settings, to reflect on your own culture and language use, and to develop the professional and business communication skills necessary to advance your career in the international business world.

It focuses on intercultural communication skills, including written, oral and interpersonal skills, and is specially designed for:

  • language and communication graduates who are looking to develop a career in international organisations or the business sector
  • business graduates who would like to improve their professional and business communication skills to enhance their employability
  • professionals working in fields such communication, public relations, human resources, management and business consulting who want to expand their global perspective and increase effectiveness
  • intercultural trainers, coaches and consultants interested in enhancing their existing knowledge and experience.

The programme benefits from a combination of knowledge-based and skills-oriented training, world-class experts in intercultural communication, Birkbeck's flexible and student-friendly support, and London's position as an international multicultural and multilingual city.


  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 11th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2015-16 World University Subject Rankings.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • The MA Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions is an internationally recognised higher professional qualification, which helps degree holders improve their employment prospects.
  • This multidisciplinary programme brings together communication studies, applied linguistics, language studies and business studies.
  • This course seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to encourage you to carry out action research on your personal and professional experience.
  • A unique advantage of studying this programme at Birkbeck is that students who are working professionals in London are taught side by side with others coming from across Europe and around the world.
  • Birkbeck's convenient central London location and evening study make it ideal for working professionals.
  • Birkbeck's Applied Linguistics Society, an official University of London society, was formed to bring together students interested in applied linguistics and related fields (for example, multilingualism, intercultural communication, TESOL etc) in the London area.
  • Birkbeck's Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research hosts visiting scholars from all over the world and runs regular research seminars given by speakers from overseas and other UK institutions. The centre also supports postgraduate training in applied linguistics, bilingualism, intercultural communication and translation.
  • Read a blog post by Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros that considers what linguistics is.
  • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

Course structure

You take the 30-credit core module Research Methods and Design and then you choose another 30-credit core module from either Language, Culture and Communication or Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts. The latter module is suitable for students who are interested in communication rather than language.

You then choose two or three option modules (worth 30 credits each) and either complete a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation (worth 60 credits) or a 4500-5000-word independent literature review (worth 30 credits).

If you choose to write a dissertation, you choose two option modules and if you choose to write a literature review, you choose three option modules.

Please note: please check with the programme office for availability of the modules listed.

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts
  • Language, Culture and Communication
  • Research Methods and Design
Option modules:
  • Bilingualism
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • International Management Communication
  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts
  • Language Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts
  • Marketing Communications: A global perspective
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
Dissertation/independent literature review:
  • Dissertation
  • Independent Literature Review


Lectures, seminars, workshops and student presentations.


Coursework; dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words or independent literature review of 4500-5000 words.


  • Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
  • Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa

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