The Masters in Intercultural Communication with International Business combines linguistic studies, cultural studies, international business components and training in research methods.
You will take six compulsory modules, two optional modules and write a dissertation where you have the opportunity to specialise according to your personal interests. The programme includes numerous opportunities to apply and develop your skills through practical tasks.
The programme is ideal for business professionals who wish to enhance their profile with a postgraduate qualification; and for graduates of humanities, English language or business disciplines who would like to deepen their insight into business across linguistic and cultural boundaries.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
This degree will prepare you for a career in the areas of communication and intercultural consultancy, particularly, though not exclusively, where the use of English is required.
More specifically, the programme will appeal if you are seeking to work in multinational and international business, in particular in the fields of intercultural training, human resource management, and communication and marketing.
It will provide valuable preparation for careers in government overseas agencies and international diplomatic organisations, the voluntary sector, local government community initiatives and business consultancies, as well as in the communication industries.
Many of our graduates go on to find employment in a wide range of international organisations and businesses; others choose to take research degrees in their subject.
As a student of the School of Literature and Languages, you will benefit from the expertise of a vibrant, multidisciplinary group of academics. You will also have access to a number of conferences, seminars and workshops hosted throughout the year.
These events cover a range of topics to broaden your thinking in the fields of literature, language and linguistics, cultural studies and creative writing.
The business component of the programme will also allow you to benefit from the close affiliation with the Surrey Business School, a leading provider of internationally recognised postgraduate vocational management degrees.
The School has strong links with industry and has established a number of high-profile partnerships with multinational organisations. You will be supported by a team of international staff with a wealth of global experience and specialist expertise.
Programmes available to all students include:
The overall purpose of the programme is to:
Knowledge and understanding
Students will be able to demonstrate:
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Students will be able to:
Professional practical skills
Students will have the skills to:
Key / transferable skills
Students will be able to demonstrate:
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.
Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
The majors not only deepen the knowledge but also broaden it and offer insight into the selected management domain. In your Master's thesis you will carry out scientific research into a business-relevant or economic subject. The Master's thesis is the conclusion of your degree course. It gives you the opportunity to display your analytical attitude as well as your ability to synthesise and your oral and written communication skills.
1. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
The programme provides you with an overview of the many different aspects of management of organisations and companies. Are you planning on launching an international business career? Are you eager to work for a company or an organisation that operates on an international scale? Do you like international (strategic) management, international strategic decision making, international marketing, entrepreneurship, business processes and operations? The IBM major is tailored to students seeking a business-oriented, hands-on, critical, and problem-oriented approach to education. Students are challenged to study and work in a multicultural team.
2. BUSINESS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
For students with a strong interest in the general operation of industrial processes and the related information technology they require. Business information managers lead IT projects and supervise new IT systems. In the world of ICT, three things matter most: the right information shared in the right place with the right people. Students in the BIM major have an eye for both the overall picture and specific details. They have strong social skills, and excel at building bridges between users, managers and technical ICT experts. These are precisely the skills developed in this major. Students in the BIM are interested and, ideally, well-versed in technology, computers and networks. However, the focus is not on hardware or technical aspects, but on developing and evaluating information systems. There is a high demand in the industry for competent people who are willing and able to think creatively and logically about information systems. You will be trained to find solutions quickly and to explain them clearly to users.
3. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
The International Relations (IR) major is embedded in the context of global economics and business life. It takes a practical-analytical approach to the study of multinationals
and is embedded in a sound theoretical framework. It covers international management and marketing techniques as well as international socio-economic analysis and monetary economics. Students in the IR major particularly develop insight into the role of governments in international relations and business. The IR major is built on three international pillars: an economic pillar (what is the economic environment in which an international firm operates?); a business pillar (how does an international firm operate in this environment?); and a political/legal pillar (which political and legal aspects does an international firm have to take into account?).
Our MBA will challenge you to meet and work closely with students from other cultures and nationalities. The diversity of our programme is impressive.
We invite international managers and government officials to share their experiences with students at guest lectures and business seminars held throughout the year.
In the heart of Europe
Learn business where business is done! Brussels is the economic heart of Europe. As a business hub, Brussels has a central position in Europe and it hosts the EU and the NATO, as well as diverse range of international trade and finance organisations.
Brussels is where hundreds of multinational corporations have their head offices and where many important political and economic decisions are made. Your campus is in the middle of this decision-making centre: a head start for launching your career.
The campus is located in the heart of Brussels, only a five-minute walk from Brussels Central train station, with several metro (underground) connections in the immediate vicinity.
Our MBA's interdisciplinary approach prepares you to address and solve business problems by drawing on insights and experiences from multiple disciplines and perspectives - often as a member of a team. In this way, the MBA emulates the real business world and leverages input from a multitude of cultural backgrounds and worldviews.
The Master of Business Administration is international not only in focus and content, but also in terms of student population. As the language of instruction is English, students from all over the world attend, which allows for intercultural interaction on a daily basis.
If you haven't had the chance to study abroad before, or if you want to have another international experience under your belt, you can add an extra semester abroad to your programme. In that case, apply for a place at one of our many European partners or more limited set of non-European partners. Eligibility and selection depend on your study progress, academic results, your language proficiency and motivation.
Thanks to your general business background combined with your specialism you as a business administrator can work in a wide range of positions at companies or organisations. The international character of your degree programme is an asset.
The International Business Management major prepares graduates for management positions in finance, administration and commerce. Employment opportunities are numerous and diverse. Many graduates choose to pursue a career in the financial sector or in management consultancy firms.
The Business Information Management major prepares graduates for management positions in ICT. The demand for driven managers with ICT expertise continues to grow. Our graduates go on to positions as business consultants, business process engineers, project leaders, system analysts, functional analysts, information analysts, system designers/administrators, network and data administrators.
The International Relations major prepares graduates for management positions in international organisations, NGOs, government, multinational enterprises and local organisations with a global perspective. Graduates have keen insight into international economic and political realities and are thus also well-positioned for careers in banking and international business.
The degree provides a full-time course for those seeking positions in international business. The programme aims to develop knowledge and skills in fundamental management disciplines, while also including specialist modules in various areas of international business.
Programme participants can also use the dissertation component to concentrate in-depth on an international topic according to individual interests and career requirements.
This is a 'conversion' masters programme for students without a basic degree in business/management and related areas.
With the global economy increasingly influencing the business world, this MSc programme provides non-business school graduates with a solid foundation in international business theory and practice.
The MSc International Business degree is intended to enable students to:
Applicants for this MSc can have a first degree of any discipline; however, the course is not designed for candidates with a first degree in Business.
The MSc in International Business is either a full-time degree studied over a period of a calendar year commencing late September or a part-time degree that can be studied over a period of between 2 and 4 years. In each case participants take taught modules and prepare a dissertation. Students without the relevant English proficiency are required to do a Summer pre-sessional programme before gaining entry onto the postgraduate programme.
Classes are in the form of two or three hour teaching/learning sessions that include some small group teaching and study.
The structure is modular, with individual modules each having a weighting of 15 credits. One credit represents 10 hours of student work, meaning that a 15 credit module represents 150 hours of study. This includes formal teaching, independent study, revision, and the preparation of assessments. The MSc degree requires the successful completion of 180 credits, 120 of which are taught modules, and 60 an international management dissertation.
All students undertake core modules relating to international business. The remaining modules offer a choice of electives. These allow the student to focus upon the modules with an international emphasis that is most closely associated with his/her career aspirations.
More information is available on key facts about the delivery of the programme.
Semester 1 modules
Semester 2 modules
and one module from the list below:
This degree offers career opportunities in a variety of careers such as Accountancy, Consultancy, Business Development, Human Resources, IT, Logistics, Marketing, Private Banking, Project Management, Market Research and Sales and Distribution.
Learn to communicate effectively in an intercultural workplace. Advance your knowledge of language and cultural theory, as well as your business and professional communication skills, in a community of students from all over the world. You’ll even have the chance to spend a semester on a European campus.
Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (September starts); 16 months full-time or 33 months part-time (January starts).
Full time: Semesters 1 and 2: Monday 6-8pm and Thursday 6-8pm
Part time: Semesters 1 and 2: Monday 6-8pm or Thursday 6-8pm (depending on choice of module)
In our increasingly global world, contact between cultures is of vital economic and sociocultural importance. Our Master’s course will give you the skills and knowledge to build a successful career in an intercultural environment.
You’ll gain an understanding of how cultural differences impact on human interaction in both the workplace and society. With modules that focus on topics like migration, identity and cultural relations, you’ll advance your theoretical knowledge at the same time as improving your business and professional communication skills.
You’ll also learn to use different methodological tools that will help you understand language and communication, as well as sharpen your analytical skills. This will give you the confidence to think independently and innovatively around the interdisciplinary, and often multinational, challenges of the modern world of work.
As a full-time student, you can choose to spend one semester at a European university (the Eurocampus). At the Eurocampus, your studies will be equivalent to those of Cambridge-based students, and you’ll still work in English.
On both our Cambridge campus and the Eurocampus, you’ll be working alongside students from all over the world, including the USA, Canada, Germany, France, China, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, Finland, Turkey and Lithuania. This will give you additional experience and understanding of intercultural environments to support your academic studies.
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 ourPhD English Language and Intercultural Communication.
Discourse and Identity
Impacts of Migration
Language, Identity and Policy
Intercultural Relations and Communication
Independent Learning Module
Our course gives you the option to spend one semester at a European university, or study in Cambridge only.
On the Cambridge-only route, you’ll show your progress through written coursework: 6,000-word essays for all modules except Impacts of Migration, which requires a 5,000-word essay and a presentation. You'll also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.
On the 'Eurocampus' route, you’ll be assessed through a combination of methods depending on the institution.
By taking this course, you’ll be studying on a programme that has twice been awarded the UK Trade and Investment National Languages for Export award (for the Eastern region in the 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'.
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 Eurocampus location for the next two years will be:
The Eurocampus placement must be full-time, but the Cambridge deliver 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 Research Unit for Intercultural and Transcultural Studies (RUITS) organises regular talks and seminars by visiting scholars that you can attend during each Semester.