Intercultural Communication MA

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)


January 2017, September 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (September starts); 16 months full-time or 33 months part-time (January starts).
Teaching times: Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8pm (full-time); Mondays or Thursdays from 6-8pm (part-time).


Learn to communicate effectively in an intercultural workplace. Advance your knowledge of language and cultural theory, as well as your business and professional communication skills, in a community of students from all over the world. You’ll even have the chance to spend a semester on a European campus.

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Being in a class room with many different nationalities was a good way of studying intercultural communication from both a hands-on and theoretical perspective


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This course will prepare you for many roles in international companies, local government, European institutions, social work or education and training.

Our past students now enjoy careers like intercultural training (eg for Communicaid), intercultural mediation in educational and social contexts, work with non-governmental organisations (UNESCO, UNICEF), language teaching (both English and other languages in the UK and abroad), translating and interpreting (in agencies or community contexts), administration (in business, education or embassies), international property sales, and human resources.

Or you might choose to move on to a research degree, like our PhD English Language and Intercultural Communication.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Major Project
    This module will support you in the preparation and submission of a Masters dissertation, allowing you to explore in-depth a particular topic that reflects your academic interest.

Optional modules

  • Discourse and Identity
    You will explore the construction and reproduction of different competing forms of identity, mainly but not exclusively within the framework of the European Union. Examples of such competition will be provided by case studies covering clashes of national discourses with the EU and other institutional versions of a multicultural society. To analyse the interaction of identities and discourses you will use a text-based interdisciplinary approach, integrating Foucault's and Barthes' concepts of discourse as well as methods of literary and film analysis. You will be taught through weekly seminars, offered in the early evening to accommodate those in part-or full-time employment. These will be staff led in the early stages, with significant participation expected from you and your fellow students, but in the later stages of the module, you will have the chance to lead a seminar yourself. Your assessment will take the form of an extended written assignment to be submitted at the end of the module.
  • Impacts of Migration
    You will explore the push and pull factors which stimulate migration to Europe, and investigate the impact of cultural difference and interconnectedness at national, regional and local level, including the workplace. While taking account of global trends in migration and diaspora, you will focus on the situation in key European countries, in particular Britain, France, Germany and Spain. Local case studies from various organisations will allow you to conduct an in-depth analysis of the processes of integration and alienation, including patterns of mutual – cultural, racial and/or gender – discrimination, as well as linguistic adaptation. You will give special attention to the dynamics of cultural interaction, which consider the role of religion, male and female codes of honour, patriarchal mentality and potential clashes in expectations from and by contemporary leadership. You will further consider the subjectivity of this experience by exploring selected stories of migration as reflected in migrant film and literature. Your assessment will take the form of a presentation and an extended written assignment to be submitted at the end of the module.
  • Eurocampus
    This compulsory one-semester placement module is hosted annually at one of a network of European universities collaborating in the delivery of a Masters programme in Intercultural Communication, including universities in Germany, Finland, Italy, Portugal and France. Students from all the partner universities travel to the year's host university where a team of specialists from the contributing universities each deliver one week's teaching. The normal language of instruction will be English but you will be given the opportunity to learn the local language, as relevant. You will focus on intercultural theory, studying a number of sub-elements that reflect different disciplinary vantage points, including linguistic, social, social psychological, economic and business approaches. You’ll have a genuine intercultural experience of education in a multinational group, and experience of a variety of European approaches to learning and teaching. You’ll be assessed throughout by different in-course activities, including reflective journals, group projects, presentations and analytical reports. If you successfully complete the course you will also receive a special Eurocampus certificate issued by the host university.
  • Language, Identity and Policy
    You will explore the psychological and social intricacies of language and interaction both in general and within the EU. You will examine the question of language within the EU, identifying the points of tension for a community of nations who seek to work together increasingly closely and to achieve intercultural understanding while at the same time making a strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity. You will assess how far EU policy confronts the language issues identifiable within its current frontiers and the likely way forward as more countries and more languages join, comparing the situation in Europe with those experienced in other countries. Finally, you will explore how developing language technologies might facilitate future intercultural communication and help to resolve some of the current difficulties. Your assessment will take the form of an extended written assignment to be submitted at the end of the module.
  • Intercultural Relations and Communication
    You will explore the development of relations, communication styles and values between individuals and groups of different cultural backgrounds. You will do so within the framework of intercultural theory and pragmatics on the basis of a variety of texts that focus on intercultural encounters, including contemporary mass media and literature. You will analyse and discuss the interaction between linguistics and social behaviour, as well as values and knowledge in intercultural encounters, and identify hidden as well as explicit influences upon them. Practical case studies will include aspects of changing behaviour, discrimination and racism as reflected in different texts as well as an introduction to the teaching of intercultural communication. The seminars will be staff led in the early stages, with significant participation expected from you and your fellow students, but in the later stages of the module you will have the chance to lead a seminar yourself. Your assessment will take the form of an extended written assignment to be submitted at the end of the module.
  • Independent Learning Module
    This module will support you in the preparation and submission of an independent learning project. It will allow you to study topics not provided within existing modules but within clearly defined parameters, and where appropriate supervision is available.


Our course gives you the option to spend one semester at a European university, or study in Cambridge only.

On the Cambridge-only route, you’ll show your progress through written coursework: 6,000-word essays for all modules except Impacts of Migration, which requires a 5,000-word essay and a presentation. You'll also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

On the 'Eurocampus' route, you’ll be assessed through a combination of methods depending on the institution.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.

Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

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By taking this course, you’ll be studying on a programme that has twice been awarded the UK Trade and Investment National Languages for Export award (for the Eastern region in the UK), in the category 'Innovative courses in adult, further and higher education which prepare students for working in, or with, people from non-English-speaking markets'.

Study abroad options

Every year, the Eurocampus takes place at a different institution. Participating universities include: Bayreuth, Germany: Universität Bayreuth; Cambridge, UK: Anglia Ruskin University; Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä; Lisbon, Portugal: Universidade Aberta; Lugano, Switzerland: Università della Svizzera Italiana; Paris, France: Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales; Tartu, Estonia: University of Tartu; Utrecht, Netherlands: University of Utrecht.

The Eurocampus location for the next two years will be:

  • 2015: Cambridge
  • 2016: Bayreuth

You’ll be able to attend regular seminar papers by visiting scholars, organised by our Research Unit for Intercultural and Transcultural Studies (RUITS) network.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year) Eurocampus


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


International students, 2017/18 (per year) Eurocampus


Additional costs

Various optional trips
Cost £10-250

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Our international students usually study the whole MA Intercultural Communication course in Cambridge, but if you want to take the Eurocampus route you’ll need to secure an appropriate visa. The application process for this will depend on the immigration offices of the European country that you will be studying in. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to secure a visa, but we advise you to start applying for a visa before you arrive at Anglia Ruskin or shortly after you register with us. Our International Student Advice Service can help you with your visa application once you are at Anglia Ruskin.

Please note that the two routes for our MA Intercultural Communication have different fees.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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