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Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience) MA

Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience) MA

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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Business Communication Skills International Business Studies

Course type


Course Summary


Are you looking to build real business work experience and improve your leadership and cross-cultural communication skills, while also earning a Master's degree?

This 2-year MA Business Communication for International Leadership (with Professional Experience) degree course will help you achieve all three.

You'll spend your first year at university, developing your business communication and leadership skills with international markets in mind, including how to negotiate and positively influence people. You'll sharpen your verbal and written communication style and multi-cultural interpersonal skills – crucial for becoming an effective international communicator.

During your second year, you'll put your learning into action on a 12-month work placement in business or taking part in a professional experience programme tailored to your chosen career.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to take on managerial positions in multinational or international companies in fields such as corporate communication, marketing, public relations, social enterprise, management consultancy, human resource management, banking, logistics and distribution.

On this course, you'll:

  • Get invaluable first-hand business experience on a 12-month professional experience module or work placement related to your chosen career, working alongside expert business people to apply your learning and improve your employability
  • Develop your verbal and written business communication and interpersonal skills, so you can engage effectively in dialogue and negotiations across international boundaries
  • Learn how to understand and address cross-cultural differences, so you can lead an international workforce effectively
  • Immerse yourself in current business practice by engaging with experts during your studies, through guest lectures, interviews and discussion forums with industry personnel and practitioners
  • Explore strategies for sustainable leadership, managing diversity, change management and negotiation

Transferable skills you'll develop include:

Presentation skills
Critical thinking
Negotiation techniques

Careers and opportunities

The business world needs international leaders who can operate across cross-cultural organisational boundaries and make crucial decisions in an increasingly complex global environment.

This Master's degree will give you an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification, excellent communication skills, and a year of practical experience in the business world.

With your global mindset, you'll be able to address challenges that organisations face in relation to a wide range of issues, such as reputation management, ethical business practices and sustainability.


The learning outcomes of this module are: Demonstrate advanced knowledge and critical understanding of theoretical frameworks, concepts, models and tools relevant for sustainable management and leadership. Systematically analyse the issues facing global businesses in areas such as social responsibility, ethics, governance, stakeholder issue management. Apply theoretical framework and concepts drawing on knowledge and skills learnt, supported by reflective thinking, to a complex and challenging business problem and provide recommendations. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and synthesise data and information drawn from research and present a coherent argument.

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

University information

The University of Portsmouth is an innovative, research-driven institution with a modern, well-resourced campus which is a fantastic place to study at postgraduate level. The university invests intelligently in its teaching and facilities, delivering an internationally respected curriculum and providing a rich and varied student experience. Portsmouth is renowned in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, and produces an...more