University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Intercultural Communication and International Development

This course is designed to produce international developers with advanced intercultural communication skills � it�s taught by the School of Languages and Cultures and the Department of Geography. A module on international project management integrates the two subjects and there are communication seminars designed for developers. Fieldwork is important. The course includes a compulsory field class in the global south. Recent field classes were in the West Pokot region of Kenya and the suburbs of Cairo. In a global society based on fairness, everyone�s voice should be heard. The world needs developers who can communicate across cultural boundaries and bring people together. As a graduate of this course, you�ll be well placed to make a difference.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 in an arts or social sciences subject and an advanced working knowledge of two languages (CEFR B1/B2). English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: concepts and approaches in intercultural communication; ethnography: reflective practice; ideas and practice in international development; spatial planning and development in the global south; placement dissertation. Optional modules: international management; language in context; key issues in environment and development; understanding environmental change; HIV/aids; living with climate change; international project management; approaches to translation genres; enhanced languages project 1; enhanced languages project 2; tandem learning for intercultural communication; localisation for linguists; critical reading and writing at ma level; cities of diversity; cities of the south: planning for informality; intercultural communication in practice; professional problem-based learning.

Assessment methods

You�re assessed on coursework and a dissertation. The dissertation involves a work placement (often undertaken in the global south) with a development organisation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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