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International Business Culture and Languages (MA/ PGDip/ PGCert)

Course Description

The MA International Business, Culture and Languages is designed to enhance the academic and professional competence of graduates who aspire to work for a multinational company, business support organisation or international institution.

This course provides an intensive introduction to business studies together with the development of intercultural communication skills. It combines campus-based study with a work placement in the UK or abroad.

To qualify for the course, you will need to speak two languages (one of which must be English).

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-business-culture-and-languages/

Why choose this course?

- You will develop your career: a well-designed programme and preparation for a work placement enhances future career prospects.

- An integrated work/research experience: a work placement in the UK or abroad, and an opportunity to do a substantial piece of research.

- You will acquire vital transferable skills: researching information and report-writing, making presentations, team work and effective time management.

- Be a student in Oxford: the city offers a stimulating intellectual and international community.

- "This course bridges the gap between language skills and the business knowledge that employers are looking for. The information and support from tutors is invaluable from a business and academic perspective, and also in terms of job applications. During the internship element of the course, I gained valuable experience. This has enabled me to start working for a leading European communications agency following an internship with the European Commission: something I had never considered two years ago." - Peter Hughes, course graduate now working as a a Social Media Consultant.

Teaching and learning

The whole course is taught in English using case material from the English-speaking world, primarily the UK. Should you wish, you can also register for one undergraduate foreign language module credit offered at Brookes as part of your tuition fees.

Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work.

Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, each module involves approximately 200 hours of student effort, normally delivered over a 12-week period.

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed separately, generally on the quality of a combination of written or oral presentation work. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, case study reports, and individual or group presentations.

How this course helps you develop

The MA course regularly receives excellent feedback from external examiners, employers, students and professional bodies.

We have built a reputation for excellence in learning, teaching and research, with graduates realising significant career progression and achieving high status in the industry of their choice.


The course opens up a wide range of opportunities for careers in the media, publishing, public relations, marketing, intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations. It is also a good base for further postgraduate study.

To find out about the experiences of our students on work placements, browse our MA in International Business, Culture and Languages student profiles.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Dr Irene Hill's current research interests are in Politics and the Business Environment in France and in a European context.

Nigel Bryant specialises in the application of psychology to human resource management.

Mark Hull is a strategic consultant with industrial line management experience (ex-CEO of a manufacturing company), public policy advice, macro-economic advice, and 13 years experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers of global network utilities (water, wastewater, electricity, gas and rail). His specialities are business strategy in practice, corporate strategy, water economics, network grid economics, long run economic growth rates, effect of general purpose technologies on frontier economic growth rates.

Juany Murphy is a leader in the field of international development and volunteering, She is the co-director and founding member of Otra Cosa Network (INGO set up in 2009).

Richard Searle-Barnes' current research interests are in sustainable business and international economics in both commercial and Not for Profit organisations.

Research areas and clusters

- European Integration
- European Politics
- Globalisation
- Consultancy projects
- Ethics and Fair Trade
- Business Strategy.

Visit the International Business Culture and Languages (MA/ PGDip/ PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good first degree. Applicants for the MA may be asked to include a recent piece of academic work (approx. 1000 words in English). A final decision about a candidate's suitability is normally based on interview, or by alternative arrangement.

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £6,860, Part-time £3,500; International: Full-time £12,850 Part-time £6,550

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