Intercultural Communication


Intermediate award(s): PG Dip
Full-Time and Part-Time

Course overview

Contact between cultures is of prime economic and sociocultural importance in our increasingly global world, and well-qualified people are needed to deal successfully with increasing intercultural interaction.

This course will enable you to:

  • understand how cultural differences impact on human interaction in both the workplace and social contexts
  • develop your own intercultural communicative competence
  • enhance your business and professional communication skills
  • acquire both theoretical understanding and practical analytical skills
  • acquire methodological tools for understanding language and communication
  • develop independent, critical analysis and original thinking within a challenging interdisciplinary and often multinational context.

We offer two routes of study for this course. Route A takes place entirely in Cambridge; route B enables you to study for one semester at a European university (the Eurocampus). Whilst at the Eurocampus you will take a course of studies equivalent to those that other students will be taking in Cambridge. English will remain the language of study.

Dr Marie-France Faulkner

MA Intercultural Communication graduate

I have had Professor Guido Rings as a supervisor first for my MA and then for my PhD. I can't praise him enough for the support he has offered me and I would never have embarked on my PhD were it not for his encouragement. Whenever I have presented him with a piece of work, I have particularly valued his feedback which encourages me to clarify my thinking in a positive way. He is always prepared to listen and show respect for my point of view.

Additional course information

Route A: Cambridge

The focus of this route is on questions of culture and identity, migration and intercultural relations in contemporary Europe and beyond. In this highly interdisciplinary course, taught by Cambridge specialists and international guest lecturers, you will use different methodologies (from linguistics, historical study, and interculturalism) to develop your analytical capacities and gain a deeper understanding of the sociocultural, political and economic challenges today.

Route B: Cambridge/Eurocampus

For this route you study one semester in Cambridge and one semester on the Eurocampus. The latter is a teaching and research network of European universities specialising in intercultural communication, where you will be taught by experts from nine different European countries.

The Eurocampus study programme (EMICC) is designed to further enhance academic and professional competence of participants preparing for careers in business and beyond. It covers intercultural communication theories, looks at intercultural communication from the perspective of different academic disciplines and provides the chance to acquire advanced intercultural competencies and skills.

Participating universities include: Bayreuth, Germany: Universität Bayreuth; Cambridge, UK: Anglia Ruskin University; Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä; Lisbon, Portugal:Universidade Aberta; Lugano, Switzerland: Università della Svizzera Italiana; Paris, France: Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales; Tartu, Estonia: University of Tartu; Utrecht, The Netherlands: University of Utrecht. Every year, the Eurocampus takes place at a different institution.

The Eurocampus location for the next 3 years will be as follows:

2014: Paris
2015: Cambridge
2016: Bayreuth

Module guide

Core modules
  • Impacts of Migration

    This module explores the push and pull factors which stimulate international migration, and investigates the impact of cultural difference and interconnectedness at national, regional and/or local level, including the workplace.

  • Discourse and Identity

    All forms of identity, whether of a political, social, economic or cultural nature, are presented and controlled via discourse. This module will explore the construction and reproduction of different competing forms of identity.

  • Language, Identity and Policy

    You will explore the psychological and social intricacies of language interaction and examine the conflicting demands of intercultural understanding and the preservation of cultural and linguistic diversity.

  • Intercultural Relations and Communication

    This module explores the development of relations, communicative styles and values between individuals and groups of different cultural backgrounds. You will analyse and discuss the interaction between linguistic and social behaviour, values and knowledge in intercultural encounters.

  • Major Project
In addition to teaching time on-campus, all courses require intensive self-guided learning, research or private study and there may also be optional training, seminars, visits, lectures or master classes to attend.


All four Cambridge campus core modules are assessed by written coursework (6,500-word essays for all modules, except Impacts of Migration which expects a 5,000 word essay and presentation, worth 30 credits each). The dissertation is 18,000 words (60 credits). Assessment on the Eurocampus is regular and varied and you must achieve at least 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits (60 Anglia Ruskin credits).

Jason Ross, USA

MA Intercultural Communication

I chose the MA Intercultural Communication as I wanted to study outside of the US, and study different cultures and how they interact. I also knew getting an MA would increase my chances of teaching in an Asian university. I now teach English in an elementary school in Seoul, Korea which I hope will lead to a teaching position in a university. Being in a class room with many different nationalities was a good way of studying intercultural communication from both a hands-on and theoretical perspective.


Lectures and seminars take place in state-of-the-art rooms, which include PowerPoint equipment, DVD players and overhead projectors.

Our campus libraries offer a wide range of publications and a variety of study facilities, including open-access computers, areas for quiet or group study and bookable rooms. We also have an extensive Digital Library providing on and off-site access to e-books, e-journals and databases.

We endeavour to make our libraries as accessible as possible for all our students. During Semester time, they open 24 hours a day from Monday to Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday and for 12 hours on Sunday.

IT resources
Our open access computer facilities provide free access to the internet, email, messaging services and the full Microsoft Office suite. A high speed wireless service is also available in all key areas on campus. If you are away from campus or a distant learner, our student desktop and its many applications can be accessed remotely using the internet. Your personal student email account provides free document storage, calendar facilities and social networking opportunities.

Throughout your studies you will have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), providing course notes, reading materials and multi-media content to support your learning, while our e-vision system gives you instant access to your academic record and your timetable.

Study abroad options

The Eurocampus route of this course enables you to pursue a programme in another EU country in the first semester of an academic year (September until January). The latter can take place in Finland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Estonia, Portugal or Spain, depending on the partner university organising the Eurocampus. The programme abroad will be similar to the one attended by students in Cambridge, but it will be mainly taught by international specialists (with some input from Cambridge staff) and it will give you additional study expertise in another EU country.

Regardless of when you would like to start with your MA in Intercultural Communication (September or January), as long as you are a full-time student you can take the Eurocampus route. If you decide to start in September, you will begin the whole MA programme abroad. If you opt for January, you will start the programme in Cambridge and then stay abroad in your second semester. The Eurocampus route is not available for part time students, and there is a higher fee linked to it (See our course fees page for more information).

The other semester of your Eurocampus route will always take place in Cambridge, together with all other students of the MA.

Special features

Both the Cambridge and the Eurocampus routes attract many students from all over the world including the US, Canada, Germany, France, China, Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, Finland, Turkey and Lithuania. Studying alongside students from other countries and cultural backgrounds provides additional insights and intercultural understanding to supplement your academic study.

Teaching for core modules usually takes place in the early evening to enable you to more easily combine study and employment. We aim to keep group sizes small to enhance intercultural interaction in the seminars.

We have excellent international links through our Research Unit for Intercultural and Transcultural Studies (RUITS) network, and visiting scholars regularly give seminar papers.

Course Leader

Professor Guido Rings

Alison Bloomfield

Part-time MA Intercultural Communication graduate and University Administrator

Studying the MA on a part-time basis has meant that not only can I work full-time but I can enjoy studying on a more individual basis ...there is real opportunity to develop your own ideas both in discussion and written work.

Links with industry and professional recognition

These intercultural programmes have twice been awarded the UK Trade and Investment National Languages for Export award for the Eastern region in the category 'innovative courses in adult, further and higher education which prepare students for working in, or with, people from non-English-speaking markets'.

Associated careers

Graduates of this course have gone on to a variety of careers including: intercultural training (e.g. for Communicaid); intercultural mediation in educational and social contexts; work with non-governmental organisations (Unesco, Unicef); language teaching (both English and other languages in the UK and abroad); translating and interpreting (in agencies or community contexts); administration (in business, education or embassies); international property sales; and human resources. A number of students have also continued to PhD study.

This course is relevant to a range of professional activities within local government, European institutions, international companies, social work or education and training.
Entry requirements: Usually a good 2:1 / honours degree classification (or equivalent) and/or relevant professional experience.

Candidates for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2015/January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

International and EU applicants

We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
If you do not meet the above requirements, then there is an alternative. Consider entry to the course via an integrated foundation year at Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.

International students will normally study the whole MA Intercultural Communication course in Cambridge. However, if you want to take the Eurocampus route and study one semester in the designated Eurocampus country for the coming year you will need to secure an appropriate visa - the application process for which is at the discretion of the immigration offices of the destination European country. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to secure the visa but would advise you to start the visa application process for the European destination country before arriving or shortly after registration at Anglia Ruskin University. Our International Student Advice Services will be available to assist students with the visa application once you are at Anglia Ruskin University.

Please note our MA Intercultural Communication and MA Intercultural Communication with Eurocampus have different fees. Please see our course fees calculator for more information.

How to apply



September starts:
12 months full-time
Up to 3 years part-time

January starts:
15 months full-time

Teaching times*

Mon and Thurs

Mon 6pm-8pm

Available starts

September, January

Fees & funding

Open Day

25 April, Chelmsford and Cambridge
Postgraduate Open Day

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* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.

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