Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Intercultural Communication Research

This unique course in intercultural communication research will expand your awareness of different cultures and workplace diversity, enhance your understanding of intercultural communication, and encourage you to reflect on your own culture and language use. You will also improve your professional and business communication skills, including written, oral and interpersonal skills, in international settings. The programme, which is based within Birkbeck's MA Intercultural Communication in Business and Professions, values the importance of bridging the gap between theory and practice in the field of intercultural communication and is structured to strike a balance between ideas and real-world experience. This course is specifically designed for intercultural trainers, coaches and consultants interested in enhancing their existing knowledge and experience, and for professionals working in fields such as communication, public relations, human resources, management and business consulting, who want to expand their global perspective and increase intercultural effectiveness. You will develop the professional and business communication skills you need to proceed to a career in the international business world. The programme benefits from a combination of knowledge-based and skills-oriented training, world-class experts in intercultural communication, Birkbeck's flexible, student friendly support, and London's position as an international multicultural and multilingual city. If you unable or unsure about committing to a full Master's, this programme will help you gain cutting-edge, practical knowledge of the field of intercultural communication. Upon completion of the course, you can choose to go on to complete Birkbeck's MA Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions, if you wish. This course also includes a 1-day workshop that will boost your empirical research skills.

Course modules

You undertake 3 core modules, each worth 30 credits, choose 1 option module worth 30 credits, and attend attend a compulsory 1-day workshop focusing on empirical skills. For your core modules, you take Research Methods and Design and then choose from either Language, Culture and Communication or Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts. Full-time students complete all of their modules in 1 year. Part-time students take 2 core modules and attend the compulsory workshop in Year 1 and undertake their remaining 1 core module and choose an option module in Year 2. To find out more, read our programme handbook. Core modules: Independent Literature Review; Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts; Language, Culture and Communication; Research Methods and Design . Option modules: International Management Communication; Introduction to Applied Linguistics; Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts; Language Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts; Language, Culture and Communication; Linguistic Description for Language Teaching; Marketing Communications: An Introduction; Second and Additional Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics .

Assessment methods

100% coursework.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2018 - 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 - 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
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