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Intercultural Business Communication MSc

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Reasons to study Intercultural Business Communication MSc at De Montfort University:

This MSc will provide you with the opportunity to develop expertise in intercultural communications, which is an essential requirement for success in the globalised world of modern business

  • 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
  • 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.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
September: N12076

Start dates: 
September 2021

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
For 2021/22 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £9,000

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 for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: 
September: N12076

Start dates: 
September 2021

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:
For 2021/22 tuition fees for international students will be £15,000

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 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.

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.


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

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square meters of extra space. The extension is designed to make your studies more comfortable, featuring classrooms, self-study spaces equipped with USB sockets to charge your phone or laptop, a large and airy student breakout space, a new Student Advice Centre and a balcony on the top floor overlooking our beautiful campus. 


Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

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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