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Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (MSc) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-X9PJ
  • Part-time: P-X9PJP
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2-4 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions MSc provides you with a wide range of in-depth knowledge and skills related to intercultural communication. Analyse and investigate communication across cultures at Warwick's Department of Applied Linguistics, ranked 2nd in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

This programme provides you with a wide range of in-depth knowledge and skills, and enables you to focus on aspects of intercultural communication that are relevant to people working either in business or in other professions. Our core modules develop your ability to analyse, explain and investigate effective communication across cultures. Optional modules enable you to select particular areas in which you want to specialise, according to your own intellectual interests or career aspirations. The programme concludes with an empirical piece of research, which will allow you to put your knowledge into practice and further hone your practical skills in carrying out systematic research.

Core Modules

  • Understanding Culture
  • Exploring Professional Communication
  • Culture, Identity and Adaptation
  • Intercultural Competence and Assessment
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation or Experiental Placement and Major Project

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Critical issues in Intercultural Politics
  • Globalisation and Diversity in the Workplace
  • International Business
  • Intercultural Coaching and Development
  • Intercultural Competence and Assessment
  • Language and Interaction in Context
  • Public Relations Across Cultures
  • Management Across Cultures
  • Marketing Across Cultures
  • Media and Intercultural Communication
  • Teaching Language and Culture


Lectures, seminars, workshops and experiential practice sessions. In addition, you will carry out guided reading and complete assessed work for each module, such as assignments, portfolios of materials and oral presentations. You will be introduced to research methodologies which will help you carry out your research for your dissertation or major project. You will complete this in the summer with the support of a supervisor. Several of the modules will also help prepare you for living and working in an unfamiliar culture.

Coursework and Assessment

Programmes within the department of Applied Linguistics are assessed through a variety of methods depending on the module choices you make. Examples of the types work you might submit for assessment include individual academic essays, group projects and presentations.

Minimum requirements mid-point 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with 6.5 in reading and writing)

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Additional Course Costs

This may also include additional costs.

Previous Master's graduates from the department have gone on to work for employers including: British Council, Ernst & Young and National Geographic Learning. They have pursued roles such as: business and financial project management professionals; further education teaching professionals; teacher trainers; journalists, newspaper and periodical editors; management consultants and business analysts and research and development managers.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Linguistics Careers
  • CV Workshop
  • Interview preparation
  • Making the most of your time at Warwick and securing work experience opportunities
  • Securing placements and work experience
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

Prospective students are welcome to arrange a visit to the department to talk about the programme in more depth. Please contact to arrange a date and time for your visit.