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This course combines the study of intercultural communication/studies with a thorough grounding in professional language. The intercultural side encompasses the study of social interaction between cultural groups, including theoretical analysis of some of the thornier global questions which we currently face. In terms of professional language, you will develop skills in translation, public speaking and written communication in English. These two strands are closely connected through exploring the role that culture and languages play in shaping our identity, influencing social relations and affecting aspects of power.

You’ll also focus on additional topics that suit your interests and aspirations, as you choose from optional modules across disciplines and geographies. You could study modules devoted to screen translation, gender and equality in the workplace, pragmatics and international organisations among many others. You could even study a foreign language. If you’re looking for a career with an international dimension, this course will allow you to develop the knowledge, cultural awareness and practical skills to succeed.

Our students benefit from this stimulating learning environment while developing their skills in state-of-the-art facilities; as well as our world-class research library, you could practice translation in our Electronic Resource and Information Centre (ERIC), fully equipped with the latest software and translation tools. It’s an excellent place to gain an insight into the relations between cultural groups while gaining valuable practical skills.


Compulsory modules

*Students choose one of the 30 and 60 credit Research Methods modules

  • Skills and Issues in Intercultural Studies
  • English in International Communication
  • Research Methods and Project for MAPLIS*
  • Research Methods and Dissertation for MAPLIS*

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught by leading researchers and practitioners in a variety of disciplines, depending on the modules you choose. As a result you’ll experience a range of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, practical classes and one-to-one tutorials among others.


Assessment methods will vary as much as your choice of modules. They could include traditional exams and essays as well as reflective logs, problem-solving reports and group and individual presentations. Translation modules also use translation tests.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Communication and Society (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Communication and Society (10 weeks).

How to apply



Documents and information you'll need

When you have decided which course to apply for you will need to register for a University of Leeds Applicant Portal account to begin your online application.

You must upload the following supporting documents before we assess your application:

  • Official degree certificate(s) and transcript of marks
  • Applicants who have not yet graduated may provide an enrolment certificate and partial transcript of marks. You should provide copies of your documents in their original language and where this is not English, you must also provide an official translation of these documents.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Ordinarily for non-native English speakers only. See the individual course descriptions for exact requirements.

Please read the instructions in the Supporting Statement section of the Applicant Portal, as you will also be required to submit one or both of the following:

  • Personal Statement
  • Some of our courses require you to submit a statement in support of your application; This should be approximately 500 words and must (a) explain why you want to study the course, (b) outline your background and previous study in this area in relation to the course content and particular modules, (c) demonstrate an understanding of the modules, which you would opt to study and why, (d) explain how the course will benefit you in your future career, and (e) explain why you are interested in the course offered at Leeds in particular.
  • Translation Tests (optional)
  • You may submit a translation for each language combination you wish to study and in each direction you wish to study. Ensure that you sign and complete each declaration form to confirm that the translations are your own work. You may use dictionaries to help you with your translation.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.


  • UK/EU: £8,500 (total)
  • International: £18,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed for students who want to develop careers with an international dimension, such as working in multinational corporations, commerce, market research, tourism, the diplomatic service or non-governmental organisations. A postgraduate qualification will also equip you with advanced skills in research, analysis and written and oral communication which will always hold value among employers in a range of industries.

Others have gone into education, or built on their language skills with further training in areas such as translation or interpreting. Many have also pursued further studies, either in Intercultural Studies or related fields.

Visit the Professional Language and Intercultural Studies MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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