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.
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.
Teaching times: Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8pm (full-time); Mondays or Thursdays from 6-8pm (part-time).
This course will prepare you for many roles in international companies, local government, European institutions, social work or education and training.
Our past students now enjoy careers like intercultural training (eg for Communicaid), intercultural mediation in educational and social contexts, work with non-governmental organisations (UNESCO, UNICEF), language teaching (both English and other languages in the UK and abroad), translating and interpreting (in agencies or community contexts), administration (in business, education or embassies), international property sales, and human resources.
Or you might choose to move on to a research degree, like our PhD English Language and Intercultural Communication.
Core modules: Major Project
Optional modules: Discourse and Identity Impacts of Migration Eurocampus 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.
Awards and distinctions
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'.
Study abroad options
Every year, the Eurocampus takes place at a different institution. Participating universities include: Bayreuth, Germany: Universität Bayreuth; Cambridge, UK: Anglia Ruskin University; Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä; Lisbon, Portugal: Universidade Aberta; Lugano, Switzerland: Università della Svizzera Italiana; Paris, France: Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales; Tartu, Estonia: University of Tartu; Utrecht, Netherlands: University of Utrecht.
The Eurocampus location for the next two years will be:
2015: Cambridge 2016: Bayreuth
You’ll be able to attend regular seminar papers by visiting scholars, organised by our Research Unit for Intercultural and Transcultural Studies (RUITS) network.