MA Global Intercultural Communication (Part Time)


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Part Time
Award
Degree of Master of Arts



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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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(The Research Excellence Framework 2014)

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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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Leading researcher Luna Filipović has researched and demonstrated that language use in the specific context of police interviews, can bear relevance to the revelation of why serious misunderstanding occurs in investigative interviewing in multilingual environments and sometimes leads to misinterpretation of denial as confession.

Intercultural communication is crucial to comprehending the world today and participating in the world of tomorrow. Globalisation has broken down barriers of time and space but it has not removed linguistic and cultural barriers. Expertise in intercultural communication is a key skill that is of critical value in a whole range of professions that operate on a global scale. This programme will open doors into multiple roles where expert intercultural communicators are needed in multinational and international private sector companies, as well as in a host of public sector professions.

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 an understanding of how new media and mobile technologies which characterize contemporary global networks are affecting communication.

Overview

Globalisation has led to the ever-greater centrality of knowledge and information. The increased contact between different linguistic communities, through migration, tourism, education, and information and media flows requires increasing numbers of experts in intercultural communication. As language and cultural exchanges become ever more frequent and diverse, and the media that carry these exchanges proliferate, so does our need to comprehend the nature of intercultural communication and how it may best be used and promoted.

As a graduate of this MA programme you will bring added value to your chosen profession if you already have a study background in a vocational subject such as business, development studies, education, hospitality and tourism, law, management, marketing, psychology, or medicine, for example, or a less vocational degree background in English, history, geography, media, or politics.  

As a cultural resource the linguistic forms available within a language, and the patterns of linguistic use by its speakers give expression to that culture’s worldview, socio-cultural norms and values. As a cultural practice the very act of linguistic communication is used to both create and sustain our sense of personal, cultural and national identity. To further the study of these cultural patterns, the programme makes use of a variety of different analytic approaches ranging from discourse analysis and anthropological linguistics to semiotics and cross-cultural pragmatics. 

We welcome students from across the globe and this makes seminars particularly engaging for staff and students alike as we all learn a great deal about each other’s languages and cultures.Our students also have a wide range of first degree backgrounds. We do not assume pre-existing knowledge and introduce you to all these approaches. 

The course runs for one year on a full-time basis and for two years on a part-time basis. You will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, to build a solid foundation in the discipline and then specialise in areas that particularly interest you.  

Final Dissertation

The final compulsory element is a dissertation on a subject chosen by students in consultation with members of academic staff. Work on the dissertation starts at the end of the spring semester for submission at the beginning of September.

You will also benefit from a programme of academic and research skills sessions throughout the year to help you make the most of your studies here at UEA and prepare you for your subsequent career. 

Transferable Skills

Students who successfully complete the MA will have developed to a high level their awareness and understanding of global intercultural communication in the context of globalisation. You will have become familiar with different approaches to these issues, and gained the ability to assess these approaches critically and to evaluate their usefulness to their own needs and circumstances.

The programme will provide a suitable foundation for further postgraduate studies at MPhil and PhD level.

Resources

The James Platt Centre houses a media library, a state-of-the-art digitised Sanako language laboratory and interpreting suite including high-spec professional interpreter training facilities, a large multi-media self-access resources room, including computer-assisted translation, and professional subtitling software (SDL Trados and MultiTerm 2014, MemoQ, WINcaps). These materials complement the excellent holdings of the UEA library. High quality IT facilities are available throughout the University.

Course Modules

You will take these compulsory modules:

  • Language, Culture and Thought
  • The Power of Discourse
  • New Media and Society 

You can specialize by selecting three modules from the following range that usually includes:

  • 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
  • Multiculturalism

Assessment is on the basis of coursework.

Disclaimer

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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 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): 62 (minimum 55 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 intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Intakes

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 for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300
  • International Students: £14,800

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).

We estimate living expenses at £820 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
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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

    Next Steps

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    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
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