University of Sheffield

Modern Languages Teaching Centre

MA Intercultural Communication


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Intercultural Communication

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Intercultural communication is an exciting field of study which explores and understands the way in which people and organisations communicate internationally and within multicultural environments. 

Study with us and learn the skills you need to communicate across a wide range of cultural groups, whether it is for developing a highly successful multicultural and multilingual team, or to work with the top manager of a wine company or the grape-growing farmer.

Our course combines the study of theory and practice with critical reflexivity. You will develop practical, ethnographic research skills, an ability to make complex decisions with real outcomes and the professional confidence to last you a lifetime in the intercultural field. We enable you to develop your intercultural knowledge and skills and apply them to your area of interest, whether you have a background in languages, social sciences or science and engineering.

At the end of the course you will:

•           Be an effective intercultural communicator

•           Understand, analyse and critically evaluate the main theories and concepts of intercultural communication

•           Be able to apply theory to work-based situations and related fields of study

•           Be equipped with the professional skills for careers working in international organisations, business and international development

You cover the main theories of intercultural communication, including best practice for effective communication at work. This will enable you to connect theory with real-life situations. If you want to work in an international, multicultural environment, and develop advanced intercultural competence and communication skills in more than one language, this course is for you.

You’ll develop the skills to work in translation, culture and communication across the globe. Recent graduates have gone on to work for employers such as SDL, Transact, The Big Word, Kaplan, the University of Leeds, the State University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Centre for French & Francophone Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and as International Projects Director at a South Yorkshire College. The course also prepares students for further study at PhD level.

You will study core modules in Concepts and Approaches in Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Communication in Practice; Ethnography and complete a dissertation.

You can then choose from a wide range of optional modules including: Languages for Intercultural Communication; Tandem Learning for Intercultural Communication; International Management; International Project Management; Critical Reading and Writing at MA Level; Language in Context; Localisation for Linguists; Approaches to Translation Genres; Enhanced Languages/Translation Modules: Professional Problem-Based Learning; Subtitling Project.

Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars, small-group work and workshops. Assessment is by way of essays, presentations and a dissertation.


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component) or TOEFL iBT 100

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 12160 GBP

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