Preparing you for a wide range of careers in the area of communication and intercultural consultancy in multinational and international business.
This programme combines the internationally recognised research and teaching strengths in the School of English and Languages with the expertise of the internationally renowned Surrey Business School, accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
We will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the areas of communication and intercultural consultancy in multinational and international business, particularly in the fields of intercultural training, human resource management and communication. We will also provide you with valuable preparation for a career in government overseas agencies and international diplomatic organisations, the voluntary sector, local government initiatives and business consultancies, as well as in the communication industries.
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This programme is ideal for business professionals who want to enhance their existing profile with a postgraduate qualification; humanities graduates who want to gain business skills to apply for roles relating to their first degrees (for example to start careers in publishing or arts management); graduates from business disciplines who want to deepen their insight into business across linguistic and cultural boundaries; and graduates in English language, linguistics or translation studies who want to add business skills to their portfolio.
The programme provides linguistic studies, cultural studies and international business components as well as a module in Research Methods. You will take six compulsory modules and two optional modules which range across the three components, giving you the opportunity to specialise according to your personal interest in your dissertation. The programme includes numerous opportunities to apply and develop your skills through practical tasks.
- Organisational Behaviour
This module explores individual, group and organisational behaviour. It integrates the study of forms, structures and processes of organisations with the human aspects of psychology at work. It provides an insight into the fundamentals on which organisations are built and provides a set of analytical systems for understanding behaviour at work and managerial processes.
- International Business Management
This module includes integrating and applying the concepts of marketing, strategy, staff and financial management to the international workplace. It pays special attention to issues such as globalisation, foreign direct investment (FDI) theory and patterns, the role and importance of the multinational company (MNC), managing human resources within the MNC, and comparative studies of cultural and institutional influences on the management of MNCs.
- Interpersonal Communication
This module considers conversational implicature, speech act theory, frames and footing, politeness, conversation analysis and conversational style.
- Intercultural Communication for Business Purposes
This module aims to develop insights into the relationship between linguistic, cultural and psychological signals, and an increased awareness of communication as both a linear and circular mode of information transfer.
- Introduction to Research Methods: Answering Questions with Evidence
This module provides an introduction to some of the principal tools of social research in preparation for the dissertation. Through the provision of hands-on experience in workshop exercises, you will be equipped with the tools to evaluate evidence that has been generated through various methods and techniques and to select appropriately from among these in planning your own research.
- Teaching Intercultural Communication
This module provides a practical introduction to teaching intercultural communication in various settings and contexts. Starting from a discussion of the nature of intercultural competence, it will cover ways of assessing intercultural competence, needs analysis and tools / approaches to teaching, as well as providing an overview of the current market in intercultural teaching and training.
This degree 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, the programme will appeal if you are seeking to work in multinational and international business, in particular in the fields of intercultural training, human resource management, and communication and marketing. It will provide valuable preparation for careers in government overseas agencies and international diplomatic organisations, the voluntary sector, local government community initiatives and business consultancies, as well as in the communication industries.
Many of our graduates go on to find employment in a wide range of international organisations and businesses; others choose to take research degrees in their subject.
Recent graduates of the MA Intercultural Communication with International Business have undertaken the following careers:
- Intercultural consultant for a Polish subsidiary of a multinational business
- HR manager
- Capital investment consultant (Asia)
- International relations manager – Greek National Bank
- Programme assistant – United Nations
Research students have undertaken PhD research in the following areas:
- Political communication
- Communication theory
- Cross-cultural and intercultural communication
As a student of the School of English and Languages, you will benefit from the expertise of a 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 programme will also allow you to benefit from the close affiliation with the Surrey Business School, a leading provider of internationally recognised postgraduate vocational management degrees. The School has strong links with industry and has 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. Surrey Business School modules are fully accredited by AACSB International.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate
Entry is open to applicants with a UK first or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: Reading: 6.0, Writing: 6.5, Speaking: 6.0, Listening: 6.0