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Intercultural communication is about making connections. This course combines the research and teaching strengths of our School of Literature and Languages with the expertise of the Surrey Business School, offering an exciting fusion of skills and experience that could accelerate your career.

We were one of the first universities in the UK to offer communication courses, and we’ve successfully trained more than 300 graduates who are now equipped for a range of careers in communication and intercultural consultancy, many within government agencies in countries outside the UK, international diplomatic organisations and business consultancies.

What you will study

Our MA Intercultural Communication with International Business combines linguistic studies, cultural studies, international business components and training in research methods.

This course is ideal if you’re a business professional and want to enhance your profile with a postgraduate qualification. It’s also perfect if you’re a graduate of humanities, English language or business and you’re looking to develop a deeper insight into business across linguistic and cultural boundaries.

You’ll 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.

Career prospects

This course 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, this course is ideal if you are looking to work in multinational business, especially in intercultural training, human resource management, and communication and marketing.

It will give you valuable preparation for a career in:

  • government international agencies
  • international diplomatic organisations
  • the voluntary sector
  • local government community initiatives and business consultancies
  • the communication industries.

Many of our graduates go on to find employment in a wide range of international organisations and businesses, while others choose to take research degrees in their subject.

Academic support

As a student of the School of Literature and Languages, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our 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 course will also allow you to benefit from our close affiliation with the Surrey Business School, a forward-thinking provider of internationally recognised postgraduate vocational management degree courses.

We have strong links with industry and have 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.

English language support for all

We offer training for all our students in:

  • Oral skills
  • Academic listening
  • Contemporary British society
  • Pronunciation
  • Critical thinking
  • Legal English
  • Academic reading and note-taking
  • Grammar revision
  • Essay writing
  • Essay writing for native English speakers
  • Thesis or dissertation writing.

Visit the Intercultural Communication with International Business (MA) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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