Research course

Intercultural Communication

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Research into intercultural communication explores how people from different countries and cultures interact and communicate. It includes the study of nonverbal communication. Researchers in our group focus on the skills and knowledge fundamental to successful intercultural communication. Apart from mediation between different cultures and languages, a particular strength in our area is internet-supported intercultural communication, including tandem learning and telecollaboration between multiple online parties.

Current/recent research projects:
  • The INTENT project, funded by the EU’s lifelong learning programme, to support the engagement of university educators in online intercultural exchange.
  • The MAGICC project (Modularising Multilingual and Multicultural Academic Commmunication Competence), funded by the EU’s lifelong learning programme.

Potential supervisors:

Department specialisms

Online intercultural exchange (telecollaboration) Multilingual and multicultural online communities Communication across cultures and languages Strategies for intercultural mediation Intercultural aspects of postgraduate research and supervision

Fees and funding

For detailed information on current fees visit: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Dr Tim Lewis, Director of Postgraduate Studies, CREET
+44 (0)1908 659709