University of East Anglia UEA

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Global Intercultural Communication (Taught)

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Course summary

Overview How do we successfully communicate with people when we come from different cultures or do not share a language? How can our linguistic choices create different effects on different audiences? And what effects do new digital media that characterise global networks have on intercultural relationships? On this MA, you will address such issues critically, studying different aspects of language and intercultural communication from a range of perspectives. You will come to view language both as a cultural resource and as a cultural practice, and understand the impact that language and communication has on our intercultural, interpersonal relationships. In a world where most professions routinely operate across linguistic and cultural barriers, our MA in Global Intercultural Communication will provide you with the key knowledge and skills that will enable you to take on a wide range of key roles in a host of professions where an understanding of intercultural communication is critical. About This Course Intercultural communication is crucial to comprehending the world of today and participating in the world of tomorrow. Globalisation has led to greater centrality of knowledge and information. Different linguistic communities have ever-increasing contact – through migration, tourism, education, and information and media flows – yet linguistic and cultural barriers persist. As language and intercultural exchanges become more frequent and diverse, and the media that carry these exchanges proliferate, keen intercultural communication skills are now more crucial than ever. In this course, you will explore how the linguistic forms and patterns within a language give expression to a culture’s worldview, sociocultural norms and values. You’ll approach linguistic communication as a cultural practice, used to both create and sustain our sense of personal, cultural and national identities. You’ll use a variety of different analytic approaches, ranging from discourse analysis and anthropological linguistics to semiotics and cross-cultural pragmatics. You will also study digital technologies which increasingly mediate international human communication, and constitute one of the key infrastructures that enable and inflect global cultural interchange. Our students come from across the globe and this makes our seminars particularly engaging – you’ll take part in fascinating cross-cultural exchanges both with your peers and your tutors. To succeed on this course, you do not need to have any pre-existing theoretical knowledge as our students come from a range of linguistic, academic and vocational backgrounds. For example, you might already have studied or worked in sectors such as business, development studies, education, hospitality and tourism, law, management, marketing, psychology, or medicine, and you want to develop the intercultural communication skills that will help you in your future working life. You might have previously studied for an undergraduate degree in English, history, geography, media, or politics, and you now want to combine your previous studies to develop an interdisciplinary view of language, culture and communication. Or you might speak several languages or you might have lived abroad, and you now want to explore the academic underpinnings of your experiences. Whatever your motivation, completing this course will equip you with the theoretical and empirical understanding necessary to understand global cultural communications today, bringing significant added value to succeed in your chosen profession. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

Course details


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Assessment method

Assessment is on the basis of coursework and a dissertation.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree 2.1 level (or equivalent) in Humanities or Social Sciences. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8900 Whole course
Northern Ireland £8900 Whole course
Scotland £8900 Whole course
Wales £8900 Whole course
International £18500 Whole course

Additional fee information

If you are a postgraduate student on a part-time course please assume a 50% fee of the equivalent full-time course per year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking. Module fees are subject to incremental increases for any subsequent years of study. Please enquire within the faculty admissions office to find out whether a part-time option is available for your course.

Sponsorship information

The university offers a range of scholarships and bursaries which are based on academic merit.

Global Intercultural Communication at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS