Research course

Intercultural Communication

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October

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.

Potential research projects

  • 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

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

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
48 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Tim Lewis, Director of Postgraduate Studies, CREET
Email
creet-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659709