Taught course

Global Intercultural Communication

University of East Anglia · School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL)

Entry requirements

Degree Subject - Humanities or Social Sciences

Degree Classification - Bachelors (Hons) degree (2.1 or equivalent)

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Months of entry


Course content

Intercultural communication is crucial to comprehending the world of today and participating in the world of tomorrow. Globalisation has led to greater centrality of knowledge and information. Different linguistic communities have ever-increasing contact – through migration, tourism, education, and information and media flows - yet linguistic and cultural barriers persist.

As language and intercultural exchanges become more frequent and diverse – and the media that carry these exchanges proliferate – it is even more crucial to understand intercultural communication and how to use and promote it. This course will equip you to do just that.

You’ll explore how the linguistic forms and patterns within a language influence a culture’s worldview, sociocultural norms and values. You’ll approach linguistic communication as a cultural practice, used to both create and sustain our sense of personal, cultural and national identity. And you’ll use a variety of different analytic approaches, ranging from discourse analysis and anthropological linguistics to cross-cultural pragmatics, to explore these issues from different perspectives.

You’ll also study digital technologies which increasingly mediate international human communication and constitute one of the key infrastructures that enable and inflect global cultural interchange. This will equip you with the theoretical and empirical understanding necessary to explain global cultural communications today.

Our students come from a range of academic and vocational backgrounds. You might already have studied, or have a career in, business, communication, development studies, education, hospitality and tourism, languages, law, management, marketing, psychology or medicine, or you might have studied for a degree in English, history, geography, media or politics. Our students also come from across the globe, and this makes our seminars particularly engaging – you’ll take part in fascinating cross-cultural exchanges both with your peers and your tutors. Whatever your background, as a graduate of this course you will bring significant added value to your chosen profession.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515