Reasons to study Intercultural Business Communication MSc at De Montfort University:
This MSc will provide you with the opportunity to develop expertise in intercultural communications, which is an essential requirement for success in the globalised world of modern business
- Combine the study of international business management
with a specialisation in cross-cultural management and communication.
- Develop leadership skills in the globalised world of international business
learning from industry experts and executives with international experience.
- Learn to deal with challenges facing companies that manage people across global settings:
- Leading real and virtual teams
- Influencing and negotiating
- Analysing and resolving cross-cultural business problems
- Effective communication with stakeholders
- Develop the professional and business communication skills necessary
to advance your career in the international business world
- Gain employment in fields where intercultural competence is valued
such as multinational companies and organisations, international projects and NGOs, and multicultural teams.
- Study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures at Leicester Castle Business School
- Benefit from individual attention and academic support
- Opportunity for a work placement or internship through the Executive Company Project
- Opportunities for international travel on programme-embedded #DMUGlobal trips to destinations including Cape Town, Tokyo and Copenhagen
- Take advantage of mentoring for employability
- There are no subject-specific entry requirements, and no prior in-depth knowledge of finance is needed
- Graduate with a specialised area of knowledge and skill, giving you a competitive advantage for a career in international organisations
- Excellent employability track record over 9 years.
Where our graduates work:
China Development Bank, HSBC, World Health Organisation, ZTE global telecommunications, New Channel International Education Group, Huawei Technologies Ltd, Visma Web Solutions, Santander, Romax Technology, Wolters Kluwer global information services, Commercial Bank of China, Bar Standards Board UK, Base Formula International, Kingfisher PLC and more.
Structure and assessment
Understanding Communication in a Globalised World introduces you to sociolinguistic and intercultural theory which is applied to business, professional and social settings. You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of culture, language and communication in global contexts.
Business Across Cultures explores the applications of theory to practice, with a focus on dimensions of culture in organisations. You will analyse real business experiences and scenarios, drawing on the input of business leaders with extensive intercultural experience in international corporations.
Key Skills for International Communication provides on-going practice in communications skills essential for work in internationally oriented organisations. You will develop skills in reading, thinking, critical reflection, debating, team-working, presentations and writing applicable to business and professional practice.
Intercultural Communication in Practice applies intercultural studies to the business or professional context by considering the relevance of theory in real or realistic scenarios. The module encourages a deep analytical insight into communication practices in the overlapping contexts of business, the workplace, professional cultures, globalisation and language and local cultures.
Knowing and Developing Yourself for Professional Success aims to encourage and raise student’s self-awareness in a constructive and supportive environment. In addition to providing a safe and supportive environment where students can explore, investigate and plan for the futures, this module will give students the tools, frameworks and core skills to develop self-awareness throughout the programme and beyond.
Research Methods introduces the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for understanding and carrying out research in the business field. This module will also be essential preparation for students choosing to complete a dissertation.
Two elective modules chosen from:
In a fast changing and highly competitive world, organisations and businesses no matter what size, need creative, enterprising, and entrepreneurial people to help drive those businesses forward. This module aims to help you develop these key attributes through hands-on experience of enterprise in practice, and by using and sharing your knowledge to identify and create solutions to real challenges, through a business case study / project.”
Leadership and Culture in Organisational Contexts
This module introduces students to the principal issues facing organisations in the twenty first century in respect of leading, managing and developing talent. It aims to develop the critical people management skills and knowledge considered to be necessary for existing and aspiring managers to nurture talent effectively.
Explores strategic management concepts and frameworks with key theoretical approaches to challenge convention in the field. You will learn about perspectives on strategy, performance objectives, strategic innovation and managing strategic change.
Dissertation involves research informed by a critical discussion, relevant issues and evidence. You will evaluate research methods available, identify and critically review literature, analyse information and draw conclusions relevant to a critical area of intercultural business communication.
Executive Company Project offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, while engaging with the business world.
Entrepreneurship Project offers students the opportunity to turn a business idea into a business plan, to conduct preliminary research on the viability of the plan and receive feedback from experts.
Consulting Project offers students the opportunity to complete a 3 month consultancy project on a live business case. Students will be given the opportunity to critical apply knowledge gained over the period of their study and have a real impact on a local company/employer.
Facilities and features
The programme is based in the Great Hall of what was once Leicester Castle. Originally built in approximately 1150, and then extensively rebuilt in approximately 1523, the Great Hall is currently undergoing an extensive restoration project. Based in Leicester’s historical Castle Quarter adjacent to the university, the Great Hall will provide a prestigious and inspirational setting for students who have the passion and talent to change the business world.
Students will also be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include break-out spaces for group work; quiet study zones for individual work, high-spec IT labs, a bookshop and a café. Learning will be supported by access to DMU’s excellent facilities.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Our course provides you with the competitive and competent business skills to be successful in an increasingly globalised workforce, including work in international and transnational companies and has a strong record for employability.
Many of our recent graduates have progressed into careers within national and international companies, banks, government positions and NGOs in Britain and Asia, in roles where intercultural communication skills are an essential as a part of the job, such as in:
- human resources
- public relations
- international banking
- global sales coordination
- design concept
- intercultural healthcare