This is a dynamic, pioneering interdisciplinary Masters course which meets the global demand for greater professionalism in interpersonal and inter-institutional bilingual communication. The course will focus on enhancing your personal skills as a communicator and facilitator of communication. This can be as an advocate, as a mediator, communication strategist, intermediary or communication facilitator. Firmly grounded in the latest international communications theories and using real-life simulations, you will learn to locate and analyse resources, pre-empt communications challenges and develop strategies to overcome obstacles to a successful interaction.
The course will enrich your knowledge and application of the key paradigms of international communication, information handling and presentation in a range of contexts from the field of public diplomacy to international media, intelligence, business and international NGOs. It also enhances your competencies in handling information across and between languages and cultures, in various professional settings. You will have the training and preparation to make significant contributions in your chosen profession.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
You will take four core modules, three of which are taught and the fourth is research-based. Theories and Practices of Global Communication covers the key underpinning knowledge and analytical tools for the programme as well as your abilities as a presenter of information. International Liaison focuses on your practical communication competences. Intercultural Communication provides you with insights into the influences of culture in all its forms on communication. In the research component, you have the choice of an MA Thesis (the Dissertation module), conducting research into a topic of your choice, or a Professional Project where you apply your knowledge and expertise to create a communication strategy. In both, you are required to demonstrate research competence at the Masters level. You then have the choice of three option modules to complete the MA.
Theories and Practice of Global Communication
International Organisations and Institutional Discourse
Migration and Cultural Encounters
Values, Beliefs and Media Narratives
You will normally be a graduate or have equivalent professional status. You must offer two languages, including English; you must be a habitual user or fluent in one language, and be capable of listening, speaking and reading in the other language to at least Council of Europe Level B2/C1.
You must also demonstrate valid reasons for wishing to study the course, understanding of the nature and demands of the course and the conceptual and intellectual foundations needed to study at postgraduate level, and you may be invited to an interview.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent). The University offers pre-sessional summer courses if you need to improve your English before starting your course.
Course graduates have gained success in communications-related positions in NGOs, diplomatic missions, international divisions of business and international organisations, as well as achieving a step-change in their original professions.
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