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Course content

Course overview

  • Study in a vibrant multicultural and multilingual city, where you can put what you learn into practice.
  • Learn about cutting-edge critical approaches in intercultural communication research.
  • Develop knowledge of intercultural communication training.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement in Manchester.
  • Take course units in foreign languages.

For queries about academic content of the course, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Siobhan Brownlie, at  .

Open days

Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on one of our taught master's open days .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MA (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of School awards and Subject-specific bursaries (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the  School's funding page  where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

See also  the University's postgraduate funding database  to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.

Entry requirements

English language

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25.

If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our  English language requirements  to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Please refer to the following School page regarding subject-specific requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites as shown under entry requirements:

For references, please email the following link to your referees:

References for master's applications

They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Please use the  Online Application Form   to apply. Once you register, you can search for the course to which you wish to apply and upload the required supporting documents towards the end of this process.

Advice to applicants

Please note that this course teaches during business hours and does not offer distance learning.

The part-time mode of attendance aims to concentrate contact time onto two days.

How your application is considered

Applications are mainly considered on the basis of an assessment of past and predicted academic achievements, the academic reference(s) and any other supplementary evidence that supports the application.

We therefore strongly recommend you include a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that demonstrates your understanding of the subject and your motivation for wanting to study the programme.

For the specific requirements of each programme in the School, please visit our Applying page.

Please note that we receive a high volume of international applications for this programme and therefore encourage applications to be submitted by 1 April 2019 as the course may be closed to new applications from international students when all places are taken.

Teaching and learning

All course units are taught on a seminar basis, with group sizes varying depending on the course unit. Seminars offer opportunities for developing group work and presentation skills.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed by assignments and other marked work, rather than by written examination.

Course unit details

This course consists of core and optional course units and a dissertation.

Core units

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Developing Researcher Competence in Intercultural Communication

Optional units

You will take five options, at least three of which must be taken from the electives the course offers, while two may be taken from certain other courses offered by the University.


You will undertake a 15,000-word dissertation during the summer, with individual supervision by staff members.

Your choice of course units and dissertation topic will enable you to specialise in areas such as intercultural relations, intercultural training, translation, language studies and migration, depending on your preferred career paths and/or research interests.


This course will enhance your opportunities to gain employment in fields where intercultural competence is valued, for example, many multinational companies and organisations, international projects and NGOs, and multicultural and immigrant communities.

Visit the MA Intercultural Communication page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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