University of Sheffield

MA Intercultural Communication and International Development


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters in Intercultural Communication and International Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Intercultural communication is a growing field in which elements of conversation, exchange and language are analysed allowing a greater understanding of the cultural nuance of language and meaning. The blend of skills and knowledge you will learn on this program will help you make a real and important difference in contributing to a more just society of the future.

Across the world there is a recognised need for both international developers with a high level of intercultural communication knowledge and skills, as well as professional intercultural communication experts who can advise international developers in their work.

This program combines theoretical and practical study and is ideal for those who want to work in overseas development or enhance their understanding of the many issues in order to continue to study in this area.

At the end of the program you will:

• Be an effective intercultural communicator in international and social development understanding the cultural and linguistic issues of localisation

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

• Have experience of applying theory to real-life international development contexts on your placement

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


You study a combination of core and optional modules and apply your learning on your placement. A distinctive feature of this course is the practical work in countries such as Kenya, Nepal, Egypt or you may choose to work with organisations in the UK and Europe. You will develop your skills in tackling current issues working alongside professionals from a variety of non-government organisations (NGOs), public organisations and companies. This unique opportunity enables you to learn invaluable research skills and gain practical experience to underpin your dissertation and enhance your future career.

Our placement partners include some of the world's leading international agencies such as Global Care, Development Initiative, Restless Development, Green Tara Trust, United Nations International Land Coalition, GOAL (Ethiopia)

This programme is delivered by world-leading experts in the School of Languages and Cultures and the Department of Geography, providing a unique professional focus which will help you stand out in the intercultural and development field. It is also part of the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) which unites expertise and input from a range of subjects spanning politics and public health to music and sociological studies.



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