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MSc in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions

Are you ready for the global workplace?

If you aspire to work and communicate with people around the world, then this course is for you.

This degree gives you in-depth knowledge and skills related to intercultural communication. It's specially tailored towards working with people in business and professional roles.

You will develop skills which employers are seeking. For example, working in multicultural teams and being able to communicate across cultures. Our graduates are successfully working in many different industries.


Autumn term

  • Three core modules (15 CATS per module)
  • One or two optional modules (10 CATS per module)

Spring term

  • Two core modules (10 CATs per module)
  • Two or three optional modules (10 CATS per module)

Term 3 - choose one option

  • Dissertation (60 CATS)
  • or Major project and work placement (60 CATS)

Core modules:

  • Understanding Culture: This module will give you a better understanding of the idea of culture. In particular, you will be introduced to a range of conceptualisations of ‘culture’ that have been developed in different disciplinary areas. In this way, the module will enable you to gain a critical perspective on the views of culture so you can better understand your experience of communicating interculturally in everyday life and in the workplace.
  • Exploring Professional Communication: Communication plays a central role in business and most, if not all, professions. This module will introduce you to some theoretical approaches, models and concepts that will help you understand the complexities of professional communication in different socio-cultural contexts.
  • Culture, Identity and Adaptation: This module focuses on recent research in the area of cultural identity, adaptation and growth. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, it explores major theories of cultural adaptation, including stress, learning and identity. It examines key findings from classic and recent empirical studies.
  • Intercultural Competence and Assessment: This module will help you understand what it means to be interculturally competent. It examines key multidisciplinary conceptualisations of intercultural (communication) competence and applies them to the analysis of authentic intercultural interaction.
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Culture: What is leadership? What is teamwork? And what role, if any, does culture play in this context? This module will address these and other related questions by introducing you to some theoretical approaches, models and concepts that will help you understand the complexities of leadership, teamwork and culture.
  • Researching the Workplace: This module is designed to familiarise you with current issues in researching culture and communication in business and professional contexts, introduce you to a range of data collection methods and analytical options relevant to this, and help you develop relevant skills in data collection and analysis.
  • Dissertation: The dissertation is intended to enable you to develop expert understanding of one or more specialisms within the academic field of intercultural professional communication, to develop basic skills of research and, for many, to put to use some of the knowledge they have gained during the course in applying it creatively to problems and issues in a professional situation familiar to them.
  • Major Project and Work Placement: You will undertake a 4-week summer placement (April – May) in a setting approved by the module leader. After completing the Summer Placement, you will carry out a Major Project, similar in principle but smaller in scope to the Dissertation. Students are responsible for finding their own placements, but module staff will facilitate this as much as we can.

Optional Modules

  • Globalisation and Diversity in the Workplace: This module critically explores different theoretical conceptualisations and debates about globalisation and diversity, and examines their implications in the workplace context. We cover a range of topics, including stereotyping, prejudice and racism, and multilingual workplaces. We also look at the 'dark side’ of globalisation and diversity.
  • International Business: This module provides a strategic and global introduction to the main features of the international business environment and intercultural influences. You will gain an understanding of major trends in international business with a particular focus on globalisation and the factors influencing international investment, trade and marketing entry strategies.
  • Language and Interaction in Context: This module will critically examine the crucial role of context in language and interaction.
  • Public Relations across Cultures: This module critically examines the practices and theories of Public Relations across cultures. We cover a range of PR disciplines, including media relations, social media relations and internal communication.
  • Marketing across Cultures: This module explores the challenges of intercultural communication in specific business functional areas, and develops a working knowledge of marketing practices in international enterprises. A particular focus is on exploring the influence of intercultural issues on marketing strategy, consumer behaviour and marketing communications.
  • Intercultural Coaching and Development: This module will provide you with the opportunity to design and pilot intercultural training materials and to evaluate their effectiveness for coaching/development.
  • Media and Intercultural Communication: This focuses on issues and challenges relating to emergent digital technologies in global communication incorporates a critical approach to cultural representation in the media. You will address notions of 'effective' media communication across cultures, and analyse social and professional media interaction in multi-modal cultural and intercultural contexts.
  • Critical Issues in Intercultural Politics: Intercultural communication is often overwhelmingly viewed as a positive phenomenon. However, recent global events have indicated that relations between different ‘cultures’ can also give rise to relations of violence, destruction and negativity. This module will consider a range of contexts relating to the political, private and corporate spheres in which intercultural communication can become problematic.
  • Teaching Language-and-Culture: This module will explore the multifaceted interconnections between language and culture, drawing particularly on insights from cross-cultural/intercultural pragmatics. From a languages education perspective, critical understanding of the impact of culture on language use and language development will be explored.

The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Our staff involved in this course are listed below; note that this may occasionally be subject to change. While you're writing your dissertation you might work with any relevant academic in our department.

  • Work Placement - One of the unique features of the MSc ICBP is the possibility for you to identify and organise an experiential placement as part of your degree programme. A placement is a four-week work placement in an organisation of your choice. This addition to our programme offers a valuable opportunity to go beyond your classroom and on-campus experiences, enabling you to develop professionally and grow personally. In the past, students have found experiential placements all over the world, including countries like South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Australia and China. You can see some videos below.
  • Teaching that makes sense in the ‘real world’ - As an MSc student, you will also have many opportunities to gain first-hand insights into challenges that organisations face, thanks to our guest speaker series that runs through all terms. These and similar opportunities provide space for any questions that you might have about working in international companies or multicultural workplaces.


    Career destinations

    Our graduates are working in over 20 different countries around the world in many different sectors, roles and job functions, such as:

    • Public Relations
    • Marketing communication
    • General Management
    • Internal Communications
    • International Business Management
    • Higher Education Management

    Some of the job titles of our graduates include: Business Analyst; Marketing & Communication Executive; Junior Product Manager; Brand Promotion Specialist; Senior Finance Assistant; Trainee Research Executive; Senior Associate; Marketing Specialist; International Student Advisor; PR manager; Properties Assistance Coordinator; Account Coordinator; Business Reporter; Research and Data Officer.

    Some of the companies our graduates have gone on to work for include: Henkel; MIPOW Ltd; Reuters PR; Millward Brown; Samsung Chemical; Braun; Confucius International School; Xiaomi Technology; TUI Travel Plc; 网易; Expedia, Inc; Made in China UK Ltd.


    Watch our student testimonial videos:

    Entry requirements

    2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline


    English Language Requirements

    Band A

    IELTS overall score of 6.5, (with 6.5 in reading and writing)


    Work experience

    Work experience is not essential, but candidates will need to demonstrate that they have an evidence-based interest in and/or sensitivity to intercultural/multicultural issues

    Course Fees and Funding

    See postgraduate fees and funding


    Scholarships and bursaries

    We are offering five competitive bursaries to outstanding students and professionals with an interest in the English language in 2019:

    1) Worldwide Bursary (2 available)
    • worth 50% of the full tuition fee*
    • applications from overseas and UK/EU

    Deadline for applications: 31 July 2019

    2) UK/EU Support Bursaries (3 available)
    • worth £3,000 each
    • applications from UK/EU only

    Deadline for applications: 20 August 2019

    All of the above bursaries are available on a competitive basis to applicants who have successfully applied to the full-time MSc in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (ICBP) and received and accepted an unconditional offer on the programme.

    Application procedure

    They should submit a personal statement of around 1000 words that demonstrates:

    • Academic excellence in a prior undergraduate degree programme
    • A genuine, evidence-based interest in and/or sensitivity to intercultural/multicultural issues
    • A successful and evidenced track record of working in multicultural contexts
    • Experience in training, coaching or consulting regarding intercultural communication (Desirable)

    The statement should be sent to appling at warwick dot ac dot uk and should be clearly marked 'ICBP Bursary'.

    3) Experiential placement bursary

    Small bursaries may be available for students wishing to undertake the optional experiential placement when on the programme. This bursary is intended to partially cover additional expenses that are related to the experiential placement.

    Deadline for applications: Term 3


    Additional funding opportunities:

    Warwick Taught Masters Scholarships

    Scholarship & Funding Opportunities

    Chevening Scholarships 

    Ready to apply?

    Please make sure you have seen our entry requirements and have prepared all the relevant documents.

    The deadline for overseas applications is 31 July. We also recommend that UK and EU applicants apply by 31 July to guarantee a place in the coming academic year.

    Our online prospectus talks you through the whole application process, but if you have any questions, please get in touch with us:

    Apply online now


    Key facts

    Qualification: Master of Science (MSc)

    Duration: 1 year full-time, 2-4 years part-time

    Next intake: September 2019

    Brochure: Download our brochure

    Contact: We offer live chats. Get in touch with course leader Daniel Dauber via appling at warwick dot ac dot uk.

    Apply now