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Intercultural Business Communication MSc

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Reasons to study Intercultural Business Communication at DMU:

  • Combine the study of international business management
    with a specialisation in cross-cultural management and communication. 
  • Develop leadership skills in the globalised world of international business
    learning from industry experts and executives with international experience.
  • Learn to deal with challenges facing companies that manage people across global settings:
    • Leading real and virtual teams
    • Influencing and negotiating
    • Analysing and resolving cross-cultural business problems
    • Effective communication with stakeholders

  • Develop the professional and business communication skills necessary
    to advance your career in the international business world
  • Gain employment in fields where intercultural competence is valued
    such as multinational companies and organisations, international projects and NGOs, and multicultural teams.
  • Study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures at Leicester Castle Business School

Reasons to study with us:

  • Benefit from individual attention and academic support 
  • Opportunity for a work placement or internship through the Executive Company Project
  • Opportunities for international travel on programme-embedded #DMUGlobal trips to destinations including Cape Town, Tokyo and Copenhagen
  • Take advantage of mentoring for employability
  • There are no subject-specific entry requirements, and no prior in-depth knowledge of finance is needed
  • Graduate with a specialised area of knowledge and skill, giving you a competitive advantage for a career in international organisations
  • Excellent employability track record over 9 years.

Where our graduates work:
China Development Bank, HSBC, World Health Organisation, ZTE global telecommunications, New Channel International Education Group, Huawei Technologies Ltd, Visma Web Solutions, Santander, Romax Technology, Wolters Kluwer global information services, Commercial Bank of China, Bar Standards Board UK, Base Formula International, Kingfisher PLC and more.


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

#DMU Global High Flyers Award
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Vice-Chancellor’s Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.



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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
January: N12077
September: N12076

Start dates: 
January 2019
September 2019

Attendance: Full-time students are expected to attend lectures and seminars most days of the week; one day a week will be allocated for work placement if you choose to take the weekly work placement option. Part-time students can expect to attend university two or three times per week, dependent on the duration.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
January: N12077
September: N12076

Start dates: 
January 2019
September 2019

Attendance: Full-time students are expected to attend lectures and seminars most days of the week; one day a week will be allocated for work placement if you choose to take the weekly work placement option.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:


How to apply: All students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in any subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification. 
If you have no formal qualifications, but have extensive industry experience, your application may be considered on an individual basis, and you may be required to attend an interview.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise


Course modules

Understanding communication in a globalised world introduces you to sociolinguistic and intercultural theory which is applied to business, professional and social settings. You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of culture, language and communication in global contexts.

Business across cultures explores the applications of theory to practice, with a focus on dimensions of culture in organisations. You will analyse real business experiences and scenarios, drawing on the input of business leaders with extensive intercultural experience in international corporations. 

Key skills for international communication provides on-going practice in communications skills essential for work in internationally oriented organisations. You will develop skills in reading, thinking, critical reflection, debating, team-working, presentations and writing applicable to business and professional practice.

Intercultural communication in practice applies intercultural studies to the business or professional context by considering the relevance of theory in real or realistic scenarios. The module encourages a deep analytical insight into communication practices in the overlapping contexts of business, the workplace, professional cultures, globalisation and language and local cultures. 

Knowing and Developing Yourself for Professional Success aims to encourage and raise student’s self-awareness in a constructive and supportive environment. In addition to providing a safe and supportive environment where students can explore, investigate and plan for the futures, this module will give students the tools, frameworks and core skills to develop self-awareness throughout the programme and beyond.

Research Methods introduces the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for understanding and carrying out research in the business field. This module will also be essential preparation for students choosing to complete a dissertation.


Two elective modules chosen from:

Developing Enterprise

In a fast changing and highly competitive world, organisations and businesses no matter what size, need creative, enterprising, and entrepreneurial people to help drive those businesses forward. This module aims to help you develop these key attributes through hands-on experience of enterprise in practice, and by using and sharing your knowledge to identify and create solutions to real challenges, through a business case study / project.”

Leadership and Culture in Organisational Contexts

This module introduces students to the principal issues facing organisations in the twenty first century in respect of leading, managing and developing talent. It aims to develop the critical people management skills and knowledge considered to be necessary for existing and aspiring managers to nurture talent effectively.

Managing a Business Web Presence

This module will introduce students to a critical appraisal of web design and promotion along with related creative and management processes and production techniques in a business context. From a critical standpoint, the significance and position of the website offering within the context of the marketing strategy will be evaluated, as will project management and financial control of the process. 

Managing Advertising and Communications

This module focuses on an area of the marketing mix, most frequently referred to as the promotional mix. Advertising and marketing communications is the means by which organisations communicate with their target audiences at product and corporate levels. The marketing communications process model and marketing communications planning framework are introduced and create the basis of the module. The advertising and communications environmental context is then highlighted to include recognition of the variety of target audiences (publics and stakeholders), the regulatory system, and the role of agencies and the media. 


Dissertation involves research informed by a critical discussion, relevant issues and evidence. You will evaluate research methods available, identify and critically review literature, analyse information and draw conclusions relevant to a critical area of intercultural business communication.


Executive Company Project offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, while engaging with the business world.


Entrepreneurship Project offers students the opportunity to turn a business idea into a business plan, to conduct preliminary research on the viability of the plan and receive feedback from experts.


Consulting Project offers students the opportunity to complete a 3 month consultancy project on a live business case. Students will be given the opportunity to critical apply knowledge gained over the period of their study and have a real impact on a local company/employer.

Teaching and assessment

Intercultural Business Communications provides opportunities for you to benefit from  training in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective interaction
  • Reflective practice
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Independent learning

Teaching is normally delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages.

The types of assessments in this course allow you to maximise your learning potential. These include:

  • Oral presentations
  • Legal, marketing and business scenario reports
  • A group work assignment
  • Reflective and case study reports
  • A work placement portfolio
  • Essay writing
  • A research proposal
  • Dissertation

International students come to study in the UK because the quality of the teaching is among the best in the world.

Academic expertise

This course benefits from teaching expertise from across three faculties;

Staff members have substantial research publications in:

  • Intercultural communication
  • Cultures of learning
  • Managing advertising and business communication
  • Workplace diversity and ethnicity
  • Developing language competence
  • Workplace communication
  • International business

The course will also invite academic and industry experts to give specialised topics in intercultural communication and translation, work performance evaluation in international companies, assessing intercultural communication competence, and other related areas.

This course benefits from the research findings of the UK Prime Minister’s Initiative (PMI2) funded project, led by Prof. Lixian Jin from the CIRCL. This project investigated intercultural business practices in international companies based in the UK and China, in collaboration with Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.

DMU was one of only five Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK, which gained this funding for enhancing employability and entrepreneurship in international education.

Facilities and features

Leicester Castle

The programme is based in the Great Hall of what was once Leicester Castle. Originally built in approximately 1150, and then extensively rebuilt in approximately 1523, the Great Hall is currently undergoing an extensive restoration project. Based in Leicester’s historical Castle Quarter adjacent to the university, the Great Hall will provide a prestigious and inspirational setting for students who have the passion and talent to change the business world. 

Students will also be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include break-out spaces for group work; quiet study zones for individual work, high-spec IT labs, a bookshop and a café. Learning will be supported by access to DMU’s excellent facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Our course provides you with the competitive and competent business skills to be successful in an increasingly globalised workforce, including work in international and transnational companies and has a strong record for employability.

Many of our recent graduates have progressed into careers within national and international companies, banks, government positions and NGOs in Britain and Asia, in roles where intercultural communication skills are an essential as a part of the job, such as in:

  • marketing
  • human resources
  • public relations
  • journalism
  • international banking
  • global sales coordination
  • design concept
  • intercultural healthcare

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Fees and Funding

Fees and funding

We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. Find out more about fees, funding and scholarship opportunities.

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Meet us in your country

We frequently travel the world to meet talented and ambitious students where we offer guidance about your application and can often offer places straight away to suitably qualifies students. Find out more.

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