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MA Intercultural Communication and Education

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year September 2024

Streatham Campus and St Luke's Campus

Discipline Modern Languages and Cultures
Typical offer

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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • An interdisciplinary programme that will develop your intercultural awareness and competence, and give you an understanding of the theory and practice of intercultural communication, skills highly valued by employer in today’s global world.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the complexities of communication in a globalised world, the ability to apply the acquired discipline specific skills to address challenges and implement positive and sustainable solutions, and the ability to conflate others’ perspectives to navigate complex relationships locally and globally.
  • Gain an understanding of key aspects of linguistics and learning theory and their influence on the teaching of English to speakers of other languages and manage multilingualism in educational settings.
  • Taught by experts in the field of intercultural communication, discourse analysis, language and globalisation, multilingualism and education, and multilingualism and migration, international education and TESOL.
  • Join a vibrant research community and develop your research skills through a series of structured practical seminars supporting you in the planning, design, implementation and presentation of your research.
  • There are two other pathways available for the MA Intercultural Communication, depending on interest: Migration or International Business


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Programme Directors: Professor Francesco Goglia and Dr Susana Afonso

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

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Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree with 53% or above in their first degree in a relevant subject area. While we normally only consider applicants who meet this criteria, if you are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time; £12,150 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Course content

Core modules explore key concepts, such as culture, identity, acculturation, prejudice and othering, issues, debates, and critical approaches to intercultural communication from a global perspective that goes beyond Eurocentric or western perspectives.

You will also develop your research competence and critical reflection on the process of planning, designing, implementing, and presenting of research in preparation for your dissertation.

In one of the optional modules, Sustainable Development Goals Challenge, you join a team of international students and address a real-life sustainable development goal challenge. This ground-breaking module will help you gain first-hand experience in intercultural interactions.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

90 credits of compulsory modules and 60 credits of pathway modules, 30 credits from optional modules

Choose 60 credits from this list of Education pathway modules

b Choose 30 credits from this list of optional modules

Compulsory modules



CodeModule Credits
SMLM087 Intercultural Communication: Key Concepts and Theories 30
SMLM088 Dissertation 60
EFPM292 Bilingual and Multilingual Perspectives on Language Learning and Teaching [See note a above]15
EFPM314 Discourse and Language Education [See note a above]15
EFPM375 Education for diversity [See note a above]30
EFPM912 Perspectives on International Education [See note a above]30
EFPM313 Issues in English Language Teaching [See note a above]15

Optional modules

CodeModule Credits
BEP3172 Future 17: Sustainable Development Goals Challenge [See note b above]15
SMLM089 Language and Globalisation [See note b above]15
SMLM090 Minority Languages: Maintenance, Revitalisation and Endangerment [See note b above]15
SMLM091 Language, Discourse and Society [See note b above]15
SMLM092 Language, Migration and Intercultural Communication [See note b above]30
SMLM093 Linguistic Inequality, Mobility and Critical Ethnography [See note b above]15

Teaching and research

You will be taught by experts in the field of intercultural communication, discourse analysis, multilingualism and education, and multilingualism and migration, as well as International Education and TESOL. You will learn collaboratively with other students and the wider postgraduate research community.

Research in Modern Languages and Cultures is characterised by world-leading and internationally excellent research centres, which span a wide range of sub-disciplinary fields including:

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Employer-valued skills

You will be equipped with skills highly valued by employers such as communication in multicultural environments, understanding the complexities of communication in a globalised world, analytical and presentation skills, critical thinking and research-oriented skills, including planning skills and time management


Professionals with the ability to work in diverse cultural and linguistic settings are required in a range of organisations. Career paths include NGOs, international development, multilingual schools, and universities. Alternatively, you may undertake PhD research and an academic career.