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Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (MSc) (2020 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 Centre for Applied Linguistics, ranked 7th in the UK.

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
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Culture
  • Researching the Workplace

Optional Modules

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

  • Globalisation and Diversity in the Workplace
  • Public Relations
  • Management/Marketing
  • Media Communication
  • Translation


Lectures, seminars, workshops and experiential practice sessions. In addition, you will carry out guided reading and complete assessed work for each module in the form of 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.

Contact Hours

No typical contact hours.

Modules with 15 CATS usually consist of 3 contact hours per week, while option modules with 10 CATS have 2 contact hours per week.

The normal load of a single 10 CATS module corresponds to 10 hours’ work per week, including lecture time and weekly assignments’.

For all modules you will be required to also complete course work outside the regular class times, consisting of reading, group work activities, etc.

Class Sizes

Typically 35 students in a lecture and 18 students in a seminar.


Programmes within the department of Applied Linguistics are assessed through a variety of methods depending on the module choices you make. This includes individual academic essays, group projects, presentations, etc. For detailed information on individual modules please visit the website.

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.

10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 30% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

Additional Course Costs

This may also include additional costs.

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

Previous Master's graduates from the department have gone on to work for employers including: British Council, EY and National Geographic Learning. They have pursued roles such as: business and financial project management professionals; further education teaching professionals; 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.