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Language and Intercultural Communication PgCert (ICL), PgCert

Language and Intercultural Communication PgCert (ICL), PgCert

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Part time | The University of Edinburgh | 4 months | SEP

Study mode

Part time


4 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Community Relations Communication Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The PgCert in Language and Intercultural Communication is interdisciplinary degree programme that aims to provide a pedagogically grounded and practical understanding of issues surrounding the study of language and intercultural communication.

It is based on the premise that, to help learners develop into multi-lingually and multi-culturally aware world citizens, language teachers must work for maximum integration between language and culture teaching.

While this is now a desired goal of foreign language courses in the European context, and also in Asia, Australia and the USA, a growing body of literature suggests that the study of language and intercultural communication is not approached in a critical and engaged manner in the classroom. This lack of critical engagement may have a detrimental effect on deep culture learning.

Building on existing strengths and developments in intercultural language education, this programme will introduce specialised theories, concepts and principles that see intercultural communication as a form of social practice embedded in potentially shifting global processes, and contributes to the creation of autonomous and reflectively thinking practitioners, who are able to deploy their teaching skills in rapidly changing contexts of intercultural language teaching provision.

Career opportunities

On completion of the degree, you can expect to be employed worldwide in all areas of intercultural language education.

Every year we have the pleasure to accommodate representatives from large teacher recruitment agencies, who talk to our students about the benefits of becoming an intercultural language teacher, in addition to conducting interviews with candidates who are short-listed for language teaching posts.


Language Education for Intercultural Citizenship EDUA11415 (20 credits) (20 Credits) - Core
Language and the Learner EDUA11248 (20 credits) (20 Credits) - Core
Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy EDUA11413 (20 credits) (20 Credits) - Core
Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions and Praxis REDU11045 (10 credits) (10 Credits) - Core
Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature REDU11046 (10 credits) (10 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be Confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be Confirmed

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.