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INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £5575.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This unique course in intercultural communication will expand your awareness of different cultures and workplace diversity, enhance your understanding of intercultural communication, and encourage you to reflect on your own culture and language use. You will also improve your professional and business communication skills, including written, oral and interpersonal skills, in international settings.

The programme values the importance of bridging the gap between theory and practice in the field of intercultural communication and is structured to strike a balance between ideas and real-world experience. It isspecifically designed for intercultural trainers, coaches and consultants interested in enhancing their existing knowledge and experience, and for professionals working in fields such as communication, public relations, human resources, management and business consulting, who want to expand their global perspective and increase intercultural effectiveness. You will develop the professional and business communication skills you need to proceed to a career in the international business world.

The programme benefits from a combination of knowledge-based and skills-oriented training, world-class experts in intercultural communication, Birkbeck's flexible, student-friendly support, and London's position as an international multicultural and multilingual city.

If you are unable or unsure about committing to a full Master's, this programme will help you gain cutting-edge, practical knowledge of the field of intercultural communication. Upon completion of the course, you can choose to go on to complete Birkbeck's MA Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions, if you wish.

This unique course in intercultural communication will expand your awareness of different cultures and workplace diversity, enhance your understanding of intercultural communication, and encourage you to reflect on your own culture and language use. You will also improve your professional and business communication skills, including written, oral and interpersonal skills, in...

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Course Content

You can choose to specialise and graduate in Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Communication Training or Intercultural Communication Research.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Intercultural Communication and in Intercultural Communication Training, you choose four option modules, each worth 30 credits.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Intercultural Communication Training also includes an additional one-day training and coaching skills workshop.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Intercultural Communication Research, you take three core modules (choosing between Language, Culture and Communication and Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts), each worth 30 credits, and one option module. You also take an additional one-day empirical skills training workshop.

Full-time students complete all of their modules in one year. Part-time students take two modules in Year 1 and two modules in Year 2.

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION TRAINING MODULES

  • Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts
  • Language, Culture and Communication
  • Marketing Communications: A global perspective

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION RESEARCH MODULES

  • Independent Literature Review
  • Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts
  • Language, Culture and Communication
  • Research Methods and Design

ADDITIONAL OPTION MODULES

  • Identity in Applied Linguistics Research Level 7
  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • Language Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts
  • Language, Culture and Communication
  • Marketing Communications: A global perspective
  • Psycholinguistics (level 7)
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics

You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules in the course of your study. Please note that the list of option modules is only indicative and not all modules are available every year. Please check with the programme administrator which option modules are available in each academic year.

You can choose to specialise and graduate in Intercultural Communication, Intercultural Communication Training or Intercultural Communication Research. For the Postgraduate Diploma in Intercultural Communication and in Intercultural Communication Training, you choose four option modules, each worth 30 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma in...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

October, 2020

£5600.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2020

£5575.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree or above, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject and/or professional training and expertise.

A short admissions task of no more than 500 words may be requested, to support your application.

You must provide two references, at least one of which should be an academic reference.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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