MA Global Intercultural Communication (Part Time)

Part Time
Degree of Master of Arts


UEA offer flexible MA courses focused on different aspects of intercultural communication, applied translation and linguistics. Your studies will prepare you for employment in the huge global growth industry related to these disciplines or for advanced research. You will benefit from the links we have with our alumni and industry professionals which, along with teaching from our expert academies, will result in excellent employment prospects.

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Key facts

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) UEA was ranked joint fifth in the UK for the quality of its research in Area Studies (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis).


Alumni from our MA programmes have gone to have successful careers in the huge global growth industry relating to applied translation and intercultural communication. Find out more about their experience of their time at UEA and how it has helped them in their career.

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How do we successfully communicate with people when we come from different cultures or do not share their language? How can global companies manage their diverse workforce? These are the kind of issues you will learn to address on this MA.

You will develop a broad-based approach to the study of language and intercultural communication, both as a cultural resource and a cultural practice. And you will gain an understanding of how the new media and mobile technologies that characterise contemporary global networks are affecting communication.

In a world where most people work in professions that routinely operate across linguistic and cultural barriers, our MA Global Intercultural Communication will enable you to take on a wide range of key roles. This might be in the translation industry, or in a host of other professions where an understanding of intercultural communication is critical.


Intercultural communication is crucial to comprehending the world today and participating in the world of tomorrow. Globalisation has led to the ever-greater centrality of knowledge and information. Different linguistic communities have ever increasing contact – through migration, tourism, education, and information and media flows.

Yet linguistic and cultural barriers persist. As language and intercultural exchanges become more frequent and diverse – and the media that carry these exchanges proliferate – it is even more crucial to understand intercultural communication and how to use and promote it. This course will equip you to do just that.

You will explore how the linguistic forms and patterns within a language give expression to that culture’s worldview, sociocultural norms and values. And you’ll approach linguistic communication as a cultural practice, used to both create and sustain our sense of personal, cultural and national identity. You’ll use a variety of different analytic approaches, ranging from discourse analysis and anthropological linguistics to semiotics and cross-cultural pragmatics.

We do not assume pre-existing knowledge so we introduce you to all these approaches. However, we do expect an awareness of intercultural communication and a capacity to develop an academic interest. You might already have studied, or have a career in, business, development studies, education, hospitality and tourism, law, management, marketing, psychology or medicine, for example, or a less vocational degree in English, history, geography, media or politics. Or you might have a background in languages and communication. Either way, as graduate of this course you will bring significant added value to your chosen profession.

Our students come from across the globe and this makes our seminars particularly engaging – you’ll take part in fascinating cross-cultural exchanges both with your peers and your tutors.

Course Structure

This is a one-year full-time course but you can also take it part time over two years. You will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, giving you a solid foundation in the discipline, with room to specialise in areas that particularly interest you.

You will build a strong base of disciplinary knowledge with a set of three complementary compulsory modules: Language, Culture and Thought; The Power of Discourse: Representation and Interaction; and Understanding Digital Media.

You will specialise by selecting three modules from a range of options, which will help you build your skills and experience. Topics typically include: intercultural communication in practice; conflict and conflict resolution in intercultural communication; language issues in a global multilingual context; politics and media; forensic linguistics and translation; and intercultural education and training.

Your studies will culminate with a dissertation on a subject of your choice. You will choose a topic to follow your own interests or career plans in consultation with members of our academic team. You will begin work on this at the end of the spring semester (January of year 2 for part-time students), with submission in September.

Teaching and Learning

The department of Language and Communication Studies at UEA is small enough that you will receive personal staff-student contact and individual academic support, whilst also benefiting from the buzz of the larger, interdisciplinary School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. We are at the cutting edge of research, ensuring that when you graduate you are well-informed and highly employable.

You learn from experts in intercultural communication, in cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural pragmatics, (critical) discourse analysis, and cross-cultural cognitive linguistics. We also have particular specialist knowledge in translation - translation quality and ethics, technological tools, audiovisual translation, forensic linguistics, sport translation and more.

You will also participate in a year-long Academic and Research Skills programme, helping you make the most of your studies and preparing you for your subsequent career. This programme also provides a great foundation for further postgraduate studies at PhD level.

You will study digital technologies which increasingly mediate international human communication, and constitute one of the key infrastructures that enable and inflect global cultural interchange. This will equip you with the theoretical and empirical understanding necessary to explain global cultural communications today.

Independent Study

As well as seminar work, you will benefit from numerous events and talks to support you in your learning as you work towards your career goals. These include a series of regular talks from visiting professionals and academics, addressing translation, intercultural communication, and language and culture-related topics of global, cultural and social significance. You can also attend a wealth of talks, screenings and exhibitions across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and we are affiliated to the prestigious British Centre for Literary Translation.

You will have access to the James Platt Centre, our state-of-the-art language laboratory and multimedia self-access resources room, with computer-assisted translation software (SDL Trados and MultiTerm 2014, MemoQ, WINcaps). These materials complement the excellent holdings of the UEA library.


You are assessed on the basis of coursework, which mainly involves case studies, oral and written presentations, commentaries, essays and an 8,000-word dissertation.

You will receive regular feedback on your practice assignments from your tutors, as a platform for improving your work before your formal or ‘summative’ assessment, and we encourage you to discuss this feedback with your tutors.

After the course

You will graduate with excellent employability prospects, boosted by our strong links with our past graduates and valuable contacts in the language professions

You could go on to work in communication, language consultancy, PR,  translation, interpreting, mediation and training, publishing, teaching, administration for government organisations, diplomatic services, marketing, human resources, quality control, language consultancy, translation and localisation project management, or information services.

Translation agencies, and other international and national organisations globally, regularly approach us with employment opportunities, which we promote via our graduate LinkedIn network. As a post-graduate student you will benefit from a variety of workshops and sessions focused on improving your career development too.

Career destinations

  • Intercultural brand management
  • Human resources
  • Project management in international finance
  • Mediation
  • Education
  • Translation and localisation

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2019/0


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

•    IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
•    PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 50 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact


This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the university directly for further information.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2019/20 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,700
  • International Students: £16,100

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships and Awards

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a number of Scholarships and Awards on offer. See further information relevant to Language and Communication Studies.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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