Intercultural Communication MA

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)


January, September

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).

Teaching times


Semester 1: Monday and Thursday 18:00 - 20:00
Semester 2: Monday and Thursday 18:00 - 20:00

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Learn to communicate effectively in an intercultural workplace and prepare for a role in today’s globalised world.

Full description
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.
Being in a class room with many different nationalities was a good way of studying intercultural communication from both a hands-on and theoretical perspective


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 is now continuing to study for his PhD with us.

After you graduate, you might also decide to move on to a research degree, such as our PhD English Language and Intercultural Communication.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Major Project
    This module will support you in the preparation and submission of a Masters dissertation, allowing you to explore in-depth a particular topic that reflects your academic interest.

Optional modules (subject to availability)

  • Discourse and Identity
    You will explore the construction and reproduction of different competing forms of identity, mainly but not exclusively within the framework of the European Union. Examples of such competition will be provided by case studies covering clashes of national discourses with the EU and other institutional versions of a multicultural society. To analyse the interaction of identities and discourses you will use a text-based interdisciplinary approach, integrating Foucault's and Barthes' concepts of discourse as well as methods of literary and film analysis. You will be taught through weekly seminars, offered in the early evening to accommodate those in part-or full-time employment. These will be staff led in the early stages, with significant participation expected from you and your fellow students, but in the later stages of the module, you will have the chance to lead a seminar yourself. Your assessment will take the form of an extended written assignment to be submitted at the end of the module.
  • Impacts of Migration
    You will explore the push and pull factors which stimulate migration to Europe, and investigate the impact of cultural difference and interconnectedness at national, regional and local level, including the workplace. While taking account of global trends in migration and diaspora, you will focus on the situation in key European countries, in particular Britain, France, Germany and Spain. Local case studies from various organisations will allow you to conduct an in-depth analysis of the processes of integration and alienation, including patterns of mutual – cultural, racial and/or gender – discrimination, as well as linguistic adaptation. You will give special attention to the dynamics of cultural interaction, which consider the role of religion, male and female codes of honour, patriarchal mentality and potential clashes in expectations from and by contemporary leadership. You will further consider the subjectivity of this experience by exploring selected stories of migration as reflected in migrant film and literature. Your assessment will take the form of a presentation and an extended written assignment to be submitted at the end of the module.
  • Eurocampus
    This compulsory one-semester placement module is hosted annually at one of a network of European universities collaborating in the delivery of a Masters programme in Intercultural Communication, including universities in Germany, Finland, Italy, Portugal and France. Students from all the partner universities travel to the year's host university where a team of specialists from the contributing universities each deliver one week's teaching. The normal language of instruction will be English but you will be given the opportunity to learn the local language, as relevant. You will focus on intercultural theory, studying a number of sub-elements that reflect different disciplinary vantage points, including linguistic, social, social psychological, economic and business approaches. You’ll have a genuine intercultural experience of education in a multinational group, and experience of a variety of European approaches to learning and teaching. You’ll be assessed throughout by different in-course activities, including reflective journals, group projects, presentations and analytical reports. If you successfully complete the course you will also receive a special Eurocampus certificate issued by the host university.
  • Language, Identity and Policy
    You will explore the psychological and social intricacies of language and interaction both in general and within the EU. You will examine the question of language within the EU, identifying the points of tension for a community of nations who seek to work together increasingly closely and to achieve intercultural understanding while at the same time making a strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity. You will assess how far EU policy confronts the language issues identifiable within its current frontiers and the likely way forward as more countries and more languages join, comparing the situation in Europe with those experienced in other countries. Finally, you will explore how developing language technologies might facilitate future intercultural communication and help to resolve some of the current difficulties. Your assessment will take the form of an extended written assignment to be submitted at the end of the module.
  • Intercultural Relations and Communication
    You will explore the development of relations, communication styles and values between individuals and groups of different cultural backgrounds. You will do so within the framework of intercultural theory and pragmatics on the basis of a variety of texts that focus on intercultural encounters, including contemporary mass media and literature. You will analyse and discuss the interaction between linguistics and social behaviour, as well as values and knowledge in intercultural encounters, and identify hidden as well as explicit influences upon them. Practical case studies will include aspects of changing behaviour, discrimination and racism as reflected in different texts as well as an introduction to the teaching of intercultural communication. The seminars will be staff led in the early stages, with significant participation expected from you and your fellow students, but in the later stages of the module you will have the chance to lead a seminar yourself. Your assessment will take the form of an extended written assignment to be submitted at the end of the module.
  • Independent Learning Module
    This module will support you in the preparation and submission of an independent learning project. It will allow you to study topics not provided within existing modules but within clearly defined parameters, and where appropriate supervision is available.


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.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Awards and disctinctions

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'.

Study abroad options

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.

"Taking part in the Eurocampus was an unforgettable experience for me that prepared me very well for my working life. After finishing my studies, I moved back to Germany to start work as a personnel consultant. Each day, I guarantee that companies receive suitable candidates. My intercultural knowledge, acquired at the Eurocampus, is critical for the success of companies as well as for my own career as a personnel consultant."  Annka, MA Intercultural Communication


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.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)


UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (part-time, per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (part-time, per year)


Important fee notes

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.

Additional costs

Various optional trips

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

If you're a UK or EU student, you won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to study with us – though you must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

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

Funding for UK & EU students

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, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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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.

Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in 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 September 2020.

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 for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

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.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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