Taught course

Intercultural Communication

Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a language/linguistics-related degree or one with a number of language/linguistics-related subjects.

We also welcome applicants from other subject backgrounds with linguistic knowledge commensurate with an undergraduate degree

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Why Lancaster?

  • Study in a world-class linguistics department in a dynamic, intercultural environment
  • Be among the first to hear from our experts on their work in intercultural pragmatics, bilingual cognition, linguistic and cultural relativity, and cross-cultural communication
  • Boost your career prospects with a higher-level degree, demonstrating your intercultural awareness and in-depth research skills
  • Join one of our research groups in Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Learning and Teaching, or Discourse & Text, and benefit from a host of additional events, talks and activities to complement and enhance your course
  • Enjoy the flexibility of designing part of your degree based on your specific interests
  • Make the most of our outstanding resources including fully equipped labs for eye-tracking, phonetics and child language analysis
  • Use your degree as a stepping-stone to become an expert in communication in the public or private sector

Meeting and working with different people across the globe has become part of everyday life. Join us to discover how the diversity of culture means organisations need to reassess their communication strategies. Get yourself on track for a fascinating career in a rapidly evolving field.

Tailor your studies

How do culture and language influence our interactions when we travel, go to the doctor or attend a workplace meeting? You’ll explore questions like this and unpick theory in our two core modules ‘Intercultural Communication’ and ‘Intercultural Encounters’. You’ll also be able to develop your research skills in our third core module, ‘Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language’.

Beyond these three core modules, you can shape your degree around your particular interests by choosing from our extensive range of optional modules, from cognitive linguistics to second language acquisition. Plus, you can focus on one of your special interests in your dissertation. Previous students have chosen topics as diverse as the representation of linguistic and cultural groups in the media, and how foreign language teachers teach intercultural competence.

Outside the lecture theatre

We pride ourselves on offering much more than high quality teaching. Join one of our many different research groups, such as Cognitive Linguistics, Second Language Learning and Teaching, Discourse & Text, try one of the lively university societies or take part in one of our international summer schools.

Don’t worry if you’re returning to education or aren’t used to studying in the UK – we’re ready to provide extra support if you need it. You can get help with your academic reading, writing and presentation skills through the ‘Postgraduate Academic Study Skills’ module.

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Linguistics Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 592099