Taught course

Language and Intercultural Communication

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

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or international equivalent – in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject. No prior knowledge of linguistics is required but speaking a foreign language will be an advantage.

Months of entry


Course content


The MA in Language in Intercultural Communication provides a broad approach to the study of language as both a cultural resource and a cultural practice by making use of a variety of different analytic approaches, from discourse analysis and ethnolinguistics, to semiotics and cross-cultural pragmatics. The course is designed for students of English and other language backgrounds seeking to deepen their knowledge of language as a cultural object. The course is also ideals for professionals, such as language teachers.


The structure of the programme allows students to develop their own interests within a structured framework of theoretical training. Some flexibility is built into the course by allowing one module to be chosen from any relevant MA module offered within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Teaching is mainly through the media of seminars and individual dissertation supervision. Assessment is on the basis of coursework and a final dissertation.


The School of Language and Communication Studies is a vibrant environment with a focus on issues relating to contemporary language and translation. The size of the School allows for more personal staff-student contact and individual academic support than in many larger institutions, combined with a reputation for cutting edge of critical linguistics research, ensuring our graduates are well-informed and highly employable.


Students gain a number of highly desirable skills for professional life, such as the ability to read and utilise research literature, independent research, appropriate methodologies, data collection, analysis, synthesis and evaluation , presentation skills (oral and written) and communication skills. The programme also provides a foundation for further postgraduate study at MPhil and PhD level.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515