Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Postgraduate

Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience) (Taught)

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Course summary

This two year MA Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience) degree course will help you achieve all three. You'll spend your first year at university, developing your business communication and leadership skills with international markets in mind, including how to negotiate and positively influence people. You'll sharpen your verbal and written communication style and multi-cultural interpersonal skills – crucial for becoming an effective international communicator. During your second year, you'll put your learning into action on a 12-month work placement in business or taking part in a professional experience programme tailored to your chosen career. When you graduate, you'll be ready to take on managerial positions in multinational or international companies in fields such as corporate communication, marketing, public relations, social enterprise, management consultancy, human resource management, banking, logistics and distribution. On this course you'll experience

  • Get invaluable first-hand business experience on a 12-month professional experience module or work placement in a field related to your chosen career, such as banking, marketing, healthcare or logistics
  • Work alongside expert business people to apply your learning and improve your employability
  • Develop your verbal and written business communication and interpersonal skills, so you can engage effectively in dialogue and negotiations across international boundaries
  • Learn how to understand and address cross-cultural differences, so you can lead an international workforce effectively
  • Immerse yourself in current business practice by engaging with experts during your studies, through guest lectures, interviews and discussion forums with industry personnel and practitioners
  • Explore strategies for sustainable leadership, managing diversity, change management and negotiation
The second year of this degree is dedicated to gaining professional experience. You'll do this by doing either a 12-month work placement or a 12-month professional experience programme, after you've completed your year of taught studies. A work placement gives you the opportunity to get valuable professional experience in an area related to your chosen career. You can begin looking and applying for placements after completing your first teaching block. You'll get support from the Careers and Employability Centre and the Faculty Placement Team in identifying and applying for suitable placements, and enhancing your employability skills. Placement opportunities are likely to be in the following sectors:
  • banking
  • marketing
  • advertising & PR
  • digital media/social media
  • retail
  • NGOs and charity organisations
  • logistics and transport
  • healthcare industry/NHS
  • information technology
  • recruitment
Note that work placements can't be guaranteed because it depends on their availability and the specific needs of placement providers. We'll give you the support you need to identify work placements but you'll be responsible for securing a placement successfully.


Year 1 Core modules

  • Communication in Professional Contexts (30 credits)
  • Intercultural Communication in Business (30 credits)
  • International Leadership and Managing Diversity (30 credits)
  • Strategies for Sustainability Leadership (30 credits)
Optional modules
  • Dissertation / Major Ma Business Communication for International Leadership (60 credits)
  • Project Management: Tools and Techniques (30 credits)
  • Work Based Project (30 credits)
You'll also do a Placement Preparation module, which isn't worth any credits but gets you ready to identify, secure and apply for a relevant work placement. Year 2 Core modules Professional experience - 120 credits We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed. This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through:

  • exams
  • case study analysis
  • oral presentations
  • report writing
  • written assessments
  • role plays/simulation
  • dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Management Institute

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
TOEFL (iBT)91 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing.
PTE AcademicAn overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £10400 Year 1
England £10400 Year 1
Northern Ireland £10400 Year 1
Scotland £10400 Year 1
Wales £10400 Year 1
Channel Islands £10400 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £10400 Year 1
International £17900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. A tuition fee will also apply for the Professional Experience placement module, £1,040 / £1,880 depending on fee domicile (subject to increase for 2025/26).
Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS