MSc Intercultural Business Communication with TESOL

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Develop an understanding of teaching English as a foreign language and the key role intercultural business communication plays in the global economy.

Ask about this course
About you
Enter first name
*
Enter last name
*
*
*
*

Course introduction

English is a business language for global communication among people who do not share the same native tongue.

This course understands that cultural differences can create barriers, even when English is used as a common language. It thus combines a systematic approach to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a solid understanding of intercultural business communication.

On completion of the course you’ll be well prepared for a career in international business.


Carlotta Zorzi

There is an increasing demand for proficient speakers of English and for highly qualified teachers of English as a foreign language. An advanced command of English alone does not ensure the success of cross-cultural business: this course involves a critical examination of issues related to English language teaching and learning, along with cross-cultural business behaviour, cultural dimensions, critical cultural awareness, the key role of languages and training for intercultural sensitivity.

You’ll develop your understanding of approaches to the teaching of English as a foreign language and your ability to critically apply teaching practices to training for intercultural sensitivity. You’ll learn from both disciplines and develop the necessary skills to mentor colleagues who need cross-cultural training.

You’ll also gain an in-depth introduction to research methodology appropriate to undertaking research at this level.

This course has an international outlook and attracts students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

Subjects include

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language 
  • Intercultural Business Communication
  • Understanding Language in the Global Workplace
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Developing Intercultural Competence in the Workplace
  • One option
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

One option from

  • Advertising as Cultural Discourse
  • Tourism, Society and Visual Culture
  • Case Studies in International Tourism
  • Postgraduate Language -French, German, Spanish or Italian

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

You could find employment in areas of international business acting as a trainer for colleagues in cross-cultural skills or as a negotiator of international business ventures.

Additionally, you could pursue a career in English language teaching or progress to further academic study on a higher research degree.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent.  We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider equivalent or lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU £6,450 £6,466
Overseas £12,620 £12,620
This course comprises of 180 credits - 120 from taught modules and 60 from the dissertation.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships