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Intercultural Business Communication MA

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Full time | Preston Campus | 1 year | SEP-22

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Business Communication Skills International Business Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Whether you’re pursuing a career relating to international business, you’re a cultural specialist in your own profession, or you wish to become more successful in communication, this course guides you through the theories and practice of communication, culture,?discourse, society - and their applications in business management interactions.

This course is being reapproved under the University’s normal cycle of review. As such, the course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students.

If you aspire to communicate effectively across cultures, want to enhance your skills in intercultural business, and would jump at the chance of a work experience placement as part of your studies, our MA in Intercultural Business Communication is the course for you.

Acquire a skillset that can be used in every industry and develop your interest in the influence of culture on the work environment. You’ll benefit from an extended work placement, multi-disciplinary pathways, research training, and a deep dive into intercultural and communication theories applied to work-related, international business contexts.

This course can be studies for one year, or you can opt for a two year course which includes a extended professional placement.

Why study with us

  • This course raises awareness of theories of communication, culture, language and society and their applications in business interactions.
  • The distinctiveness of the programme lies in the focus of the course’s three principal components: emphasis on intercultural and communication theories applied to work-related contexts in International Business, multi-disciplinary pathways, and Research Training.
  • Our research-active teaching staff bring research of international standing into your classroom sessions and tutorials. More importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to help to develop that research.

Professional Placement

If you’re full-time, you’ll have the opportunity to take on an employability or enterprise project in Year 1 (Years 1-4, part-time) and to complete a UK-based or overseas professional placement in Year 2 (Year 5, part-time).

Future careers

With an MA in Intercultural Business Communication, you’ll be well-qualified to work in business and management companies, as well as international and local businesses which require intercultural communication expertise.

There will also be opportunities to work as a cultural and communication consultant, international project manager, an international relations manager, and other related careers.


The module aims to identify the characteristics of a dissertation, including preparation, proof-reading, and evaluation, with specific reference to your research on intercultural business communication and approaches to collecting and analysing data. It will sensitise you to the need for self-assessment strategies throughout and lead you towards the effective use of research methodologies and using social sciences research, business research, and action research.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:1 degree in related subject such as business. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a forward-thinking university with multiple campuses and a truly international community of student learners. Founded in 1828, it has become one of the UK’s largest universities, with almost 200 years of heritage in delivering high-quality education. UCLan offers a portfolio of over 200 employment-oriented courses, aimed at preparing graduates for successful and impactful careers. The...more