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Intercultural Business Communication MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Study how to communicate effectively in intercultural business settings where you will be based in the historic Great Hall of Leicester Castle, originally built in 1150 which has undergone a £4.2 million refurbishment. 

Overview

Reasons to study Intercultural Business Communications at DMU:

Effective communication in intercultural settings is an essential requirement for success in the globalised world of business in the 21st century. The MSc in Intercultural Business Communication will equip you with expertise in intercultural theory and practice, as well as a specialist knowledge of global patterns in language use and the dynamics of communication amongst people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds in the workplace and beyond. You will also be given the opportunity to develop your own effective oral and written business communication skills, use of professional language and confidence in communication. 

  • The course offers a combination of input from academics with expertise in socio-linguistics and intercultural studies and senior business executives with extensive international cross-cultural business experience.
  • This programme is ideal for students coming from backgrounds in any sector of business who are interested in enhancing their career prospects in the competitive business market by developing expertise in the crucial role of culture and communication in business. It is also well-suited to students from other backgrounds who are interested in entering the international business market with a specialist edge.
  • Our course has a strong record for employability. Graduates work for a variety of global companies including China Development Bank, New Channel International Education Group, Huawei Technologies Ltd, Commercial Bank of China, Base Formula International.
  • Students have the opportunity to choose to take part in a placement or internship as part of the Executive Company Project, or participate in an Entrepreneurship Project, or to undertake empirical research towards a dissertation. All of the project options allow you to apply knowledge from the course to a real-world business environment.
  • Access to business research that is cited as world leading and internationally excellent by the independent and peer assessed Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

 

There are also ways for you to tailor your university experience to your interests. You will have opportunities to get involved with a #DMUglobal experience and choose a language study option. Previous locations have included places such as South Africa, Japan and New York.

 

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: P20071

Duration: One year full-time, two-three years part-time

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:
Full-time: £4,980
Part-time
15 credit taught module £415
60 credit dissertation £1,660

September 2017: TBC

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

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

 


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Course code: P20071

Duration: One year full-time, two-three years part-time

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:
Full-time: £12,200

September 2017: TBC

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

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

 


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Entry criteria

  • An Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject, including business, languages, translation, media, communication and technology
  • 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 6.5 with writing and speaking no less than 6.0. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

Understanding communication in a globalised world introduces youtosociolinguistic 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:


Strategic Management
This module has been developed to provide insight in the field of strategic management, through engagement and a blend of contemporary theoretical thinking and application. The module focusses on the exploration of the strategic management process, with participants proactively encouraged to apply and rethink the utility of strategic concepts and frameworks in strategic planning and decision-making, in both planned and emergent contexts.

Business Creation and Innovation
This module covers creativity and innovation in businesses of all sizes. The content is designed to stimulate and develop student’s creative thinking and  innovation, from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, and explain how it relates to the practical processes of new business start-up and  exponential growth of established businesses (including social enterprise).

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 advertsing 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.

 

Either

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.

Or

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.

Or

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.

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

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study 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

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

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Graduate careers

This 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.

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
  • and many more

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De Montfort University (DMU)’s growing reputation for research which benefits society has been confirmed with the publication of the REF 2014 results. Find out more.

 
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