Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This course offers you an opportunity to raise your cross'cultural awareness and enhance your intercultural communicative competence in international business settings, to reflect on your own culture and language use, and to develop the professional and business communication skills necessary to proceed to careers in the international business world. It focuses on intercultural communication skills, including written, oral and interpersonal skills, and is specially designed for language and communication graduates who are looking to develop a career in international organisations or the business sector, and business graduates who would like to improve their professional and business communication skills to enhance their employability. The programme benefits from a combination of knowledge'based and skills'oriented training, world'class experts in intercultural communication, Birkbeck's flexible and student'friendly support, and London's position as an international multicultural and multilingual city. We also offer an MPhil/PhD in Applied Linguistics and NewRoutePhDs in Applied Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, Language Teaching and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Course Modules

You take 2 core modules (worth 30 credits each) and 2 or 3 option modules (worth 30 credits each), and complete a 12,000'15,000'word dissertation (worth 60 credits) or a 4500'5000'word independent literature review (worth 30 credits). Core modules may include: Language, culture and communication; research methods and design.

Course Additional Entry

Normally at least a 2nd'Class BA Honours or equivalent; preferred subjects include languages, linguistics, communication, TESOL, translation studies or business management (other subjects considered if you have relevant professional/personal experience). Work experience in an intercultural context is desirable, but not essential. A short admissions task of no more than 500 words will be requested to support your application. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees