Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions (MA)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

Two to three evenings a week, October to September

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 advance your career 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
  • business graduates who would like to improve their professional and business communication skills to enhance their employability
  • professionals working in fields such communication, public relations, human resources, management and business consulting who want to expand their global perspective and increase effectiveness
  • intercultural trainers, coaches and consultants interested in enhancing their existing knowledge and experience.

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.

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Highlights

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • This course seeks to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to encourage you to carry out action research on your personal and professional experience.
  • Birkbeck's Applied Linguistics Society, an official University of London society, was formed to bring together students interested in applied linguistics and related fields (for example, multilingualism, intercultural communication, TESOL etc) in the London area.
  • Birkbeck's Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research hosts visiting scholars from all over the world and runs regular research seminars given by speakers from overseas and other UK institutions. The centre also supports postgraduate training in applied linguistics, bilingualism, intercultural communication and translation.
  • Read a blog post by Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros that considers what linguistics is.
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Course structure

You take the 30-credit core module Research Methods and Design and then you choose another 30-credit core module from either Language, Culture and Communication or Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts. The latter module is suitable for students who are interested in communication rather than language.

You then choose two or three option modules (worth 30 credits each) and either complete a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation (worth 60 credits) or a 4500-5000-word independent literature review (worth 30 credits).

If you choose to write a dissertation, you choose two option modules and if you choose to write a literature review, you choose three option modules.

Please note: please check with the programme office for availability of the modules listed.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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Sample timetable

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