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Course Content

Course content

This programme combines the study of interactions between cultural groups with modern languages – including English – to give you the knowledge and skills for an international career.

You’ll explore the ways in which cultural groups relate to each other and learn about the role that English plays in different contexts worldwide. But you’ll also have the chance to develop skills in translation, or public speaking and written communication in English. You’ll also focus on topics that suit your interests and aspirations, as you choose from optional modules across disciplines and geographies.

You could study Middle Eastern politics, screen translation, gender and equality in the workplace, language acquisition and Japanese business practice among many others. You could even study a foreign language. If you’re looking for a career with an international dimension, this programme will allow you to develop the knowledge, cultural awareness and practical skills to succeed.

We’re a truly international university, with over 30,000 students from more than 130 countries and a large, diverse team of leading researchers and practitioners.

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.

Course content

In your first semester you’ll explore key issues in intercultural studies and develop the skills for effective research. You’ll also study the usage and role of English worldwide in different contexts.

Beyond these core modules you’ll shape the course of your studies. You’ll choose from a variety of language-based modules, either developing your specialised translation skills or getting to grips English in professional contexts. You’ll also then build on your knowledge by selecting optional modules from an impressive range, cutting across disciplines to suit your career plans and interests.

By the end of the course in September, you’ll be able to showcase your skills when you hand in your individual project or dissertation.

If you study the programme part-time, you’ll take fewer modules in each year and study over a longer period.

If you want to study a Specialised Translation module, see our list of available language pairs.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules

  • Skills and Issues in Intercultural Studies 30 credits
  • English in International Communication 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Professional Language and Intercultural Studies MA Full Time in the course catalogue

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.

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.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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




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