Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)
Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip
Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (September starts); 16 months full-time or 33 months part-time (January starts).
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Learn to communicate effectively in an intercultural workplace and prepare for a role in today’s globalised world.
Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.
On our MA Intercultural Communication, you will discover the importance of intercultural relationships to the modern socio-economic climate - and to building a successful career within it.
You will explore how cultural differences impact our interactions in the workplace and in wider society, considering topics such as migration, identity and how EU policy confronts language issues.
By learning to use different methodological tools to understand language and communication, you will sharpen your analytical skills and gain the confidence to think independently around the interdisciplinary, and often multinational, challenges of the modern workplace.
If you study full-time with us, you can also choose to spend one semester at a European university (the Eurocampus). Your studies will be equivalent to those of Cambridge-based students, and all your work will be in English, but with the benefit of gaining first-hand experience of living and working in a different country.
Whether you choose our Cambridge campus or the Eurocampus, you will work alongside students from all over the world, giving you additional understanding of intercultural environments that will support your academic studies.
Course Leader: Dr Bettina Beinhoff.
Taking part in the Eurocampus was an unforgettable experience for me that prepared me very well for my working life. My intercultural knowledge, acquired at the Eurocampus, is critical for my career as a personnel consultant.
Stephen Trinder, MA Intercultural Communication
Our MA Intercultural Communication will prepare you for many different roles with international companies, local government and European institutions. Past graduates now enjoy careers in intercultural training (e.g. for Communicaid), work with Non-Governmental Organisations such as UNESCO and UNICEF, intercultural mediation in educational or social contexts, language teaching, translation/interpretation services, international property sales and business, education or embassy administration.
One of our recent students, Stephen Trinder, began an assistant professorship position teaching English at Silla University, South Korea immediately after graduating. In 2014, he was appointed to a lectureship position at The Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, heading their Intercultural Studies course. Stephen also successfully completed his PhD with us in 2019. Read more about Stephen's experience on the course.
After you graduate, you might also decide to move on to a research degree, such as our PhD English Language and Intercultural Communication.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
If you choose the Cambridge-only route, you will demonstrate your progress on the course through written coursework: a 6000-word essay for each module except Impacts of Migration, which combines a 5000-word essay with a presentation. You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.
If you choose the Eurocampus route, your method of assessment will change depending on the institution you attend.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
Our MA Intercultural Communication has twice been awarded the UK Trade and Investment National Languages for Export award (Eastern region, UK) in the category 'Innovative courses in adult, further and higher education which prepare students for working in, or with, people from non-English-speaking markets'.
The Eurocampus takes place every year during the September semester at one of the following institutions: Universität Bayreuth, Germany; Anglia Ruskin University, UK; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Universidade Aberta, Portugal; Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland; Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France; University of Tartu, Estonia; University of Utrecht, Netherlands. The location for the 2020 Eurocampus is the University of Utrecht.
The Eurocampus placement must be full-time, but the Cambridge delivery can still be taken part-time.
The deadline for Eurocampus applications is 1 April for September starters. There is no deadline for January starters, as the Eurocampus placement will begin the following September.
Our Anglia Ruskin Research Centre for Intercultural and Multilingual Studies (ARRCIMS) organises regular talks and seminars by visiting scholars that you can attend during each Semester.
The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
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You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us.How to pay your fees directly
You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university.
Our international students usually study the whole MA Intercultural Communication course in Cambridge, but if you want to take the Eurocampus route you’ll need to secure an appropriate visa. The application process for this will depend on the immigration offices of the European country that you will be studying in. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to secure a visa, but we advise you to start applying for a visa before you arrive at Anglia Ruskin or shortly after you register with us. Our International Student Advice Service can help you with your visa application once you are at Anglia Ruskin.
Please note that the two routes for our MA Intercultural Communication have different fees.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our students can choose to study face to face on campus or online only. They're also able to change their mode of delivery on given dates in each trimester.
For on-campus teaching, we offer at least four hours face-to-face teaching related contact time per week for our undergraduate full-time courses, supported by online learning using our established online learning systems. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however we remain committed to delivering face-to-face teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment.
In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place due to the pandemic, we may need to move some courses online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
Check the standard entry requirements for IELTS requirements for this course.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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