Applied Intercultural Communications (M.Phil)

1 Year Full-Time
15 Places

Overview

Overview:

The MPhil, PGDip and PGCert in Applied Intercultural Communications are designed as both stand-alone and linked courses through the top-up progression. They are delivered by the Centre for Intercultural Communications at Trinity College Dublin and are part of the postgraduate suite of courses in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.

Why Applied Intercultural Communications?

The significance of the increase in global mobility is unquestionable. In many workplaces, cultural diversity is currently the norm. Intercultural communication plays an important role in the functioning of societies, organisations and in individuals’ performance. However, whilst working in a culturally diverse environment makes interpersonal, social and professional interactions more interesting and exciting, cross-cultural communication nevertheless comes with its challenges. The cultures in which people have been brought and our intercultural encounters influence the way we communicate. Anxiety, disorientation, and exclusion are common consequences of miscommunication across and between cultures. In a globalised world, any attempt to optimise intercultural communications requires a good understanding of the role of self and social awareness in the interpretation of cultural dimensions. The interplay between sociability, solidarity and inclusion in specific professional and wider social contexts determines and drives the sustainability, fairness and success of human interactions. Developing intercultural competences is vital for advancing equitable global collaborations between industry, society and academia. The programmes will provide participants with novel perspectives and methods for effective intercultural communication at work, strategic partnerships, inclusive leadership and global engagement.

Applied focus

Our applied mode is supported by case studies to illustrate how intercultural communication works on the ground in global contexts. The programmes combine international case studies, student-led case studies and practical activities, based on the participants’ own experiences. The applied focus is complemented by research and practice-driven components, potentially linking African, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean, and Middle Eastern case studies to European cultures and contexts. Students gain an understanding of the concepts and models related to intercultural communication and learn how to apply Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EEDI) perspectives and digital literacy to develop equitable collaborations and partnerships with people from different backgrounds.

 

What will you learn in these programmes?

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively within multicultural teams, showing an appreciation of different cultural perspectives and values
  • Engage in collaborative learning and apply digital literacy and communicative features to produce a critical reflective account underpinned by a global outlook
  • Relate the analysis of cultural diversity to different cultural perspectives and attributes in a variety of social and professional contexts
  • Design, write, carry out and discuss research reflecting an understanding of the state of the art, appropriate research methods to support professional practices
  • Design, analyse, reflect and present a project to diverse audiences using multiple media and platforms
  • Identify research topics, formulate hypotheses and questions, conduct literature review that highlights the gaps and carry out a study that contributes to the body of knowledge, including the understanding and the improvement of intercultural and professional practices
  • Use the knowledge and skills gained for further research and programmes of studies in intercultural communications and related areas.

Who is this course for?

These programmes will be of interest to organisations and individuals wishing to further develop their skills, careers and business opportunities by applying intercultural communication methods to succeed in multicultural contexts. Our flexible course delivery through full time, part time and multiple entry route options, will enable students to develop effective intercultural communication skills for successful engagements with diverse audiences. Students include those in employment, employers, leaders and entrepreneurs, people seeking to return to work, graduates and people with limited access to education. Our flexible learning modalities include both online and face-to-face contact, with a view to supporting active learning and successful learner engagement in academic provisions.

How is the course structured?

Our programmes combine core modules on intercultural communication with optional modules catering for different interests and skill needs, from digital literacy to international negotiation. Through the PGCert, students gain an understanding of the main concepts and models related to intercultural communication and learn how to apply Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EEDI) perspectives and digital literacy to develop equitable collaborations and partnerships with people from different backgrounds. These knowledge and skills are further developed in the PGDip by considering the role of communication across diverse languages and by learning how to use diverse media to communicate across cultures. Finally, the MPhil provides students with the opportunity of carrying out academic research in support of applied intercultural communications in relation to a specific sector or discipline.

There are three parallel points of entry for applicants to choose from and two progression routes:

  1. One-year full-time MPhil (Master’s) (90 ECTS) which also offers an exit award of Postgraduate Diploma upon completion of 60 ECTS, without the MPhil (Master’s) dissertation.
  2. One-year full-time Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS). This option also enables progression to the MPhil (Master’s) Top up of 30 credits in year 2.
  3. Part-time options over three years, students can stop and resume studies according to their availability:

 

Part time options

Course ETCS

Total ECTS

1

Part-time Postgraduate Certificate

1 year, 30 ECTS

Total 30 ECTS

2

Part-time Postgraduate Diploma

1 year Top up, equivalent to 30 ECTS

Total 60 ECTS

3

Part-time MPhil (Master's)

1 year Top up, equivalent to 30 ECTS

Total 90 ECTS

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Communicating in a Culturally Diverse Workplace: A Practical Toolkit
  • Language, Culture and Communication
  • Multimodal Communication

Option Modules

(This list may vary year by year and some options may not be available every year)

  • Reflective Learning Project on Intercultural Communication Practices
  • Cultural Technical Systems
  • Europe, America and the East and West Europe
  • Postmodernist Literature in East and Central Europe
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Translation Studies Methodologies
  • Theory and Practice of Digital Humanities

Course Details

Summary of modules allocated to MPhil/PGDip/PGCert courses in Michaelmas Term (MT) Hillary Term (HT) and Trinity Term (TT).

  • MPhil (Master’s) 1-year full-time – students need to take all taught modules of 60 credits in year 1 + Dissertation (30 credits) (HT+TT) as follows:
  • MT = M1, M2 (10 credits) + M7 (5 credits) two options of M9, M10, M11 (20 credits) = 35
  • HT =two options of M3, M4, M5, M6 (20 credits) + M8 (5 credits) = 25

PGDip 1-year full-time – students need to take all taught modules of 60 credits in year 1 as follows:

  • MT = M1, M2 (10 credits) + M7 (5 credits) two options of M9, M10, M11 (20 credits) = 35
  • HT = two options of M3, M4, M5, M6 (20 credits) + M8 (5 credits) = 25

PGCert 1-year part-time – students need to take all taught modules for 30 credits in year 1 as follows:

  • MT = M1, M2 (10 credits)
  • HT =two options of M3, M4, M5, M6 (20 credits)

part-time MPhil (Master’s) Top up (year 2) – students need to complete the Dissertation (30 credits) only in year 2 Top up (MT+HT+TT)

part-time PGDip Top up (year 2) – students need to take taught modules for 30 credits in year 2 as follows:

  • MT = M7 (5 credits) + two options of M9, M10, M11 (20 credits)
  • HT = M8 (5 credits)

MPhil Top up (year 3) - students need to complete the Dissertation (30 credits) only in year 3 Top up (MT+HT+TT)

 

 

Course Details

Number of Places

15 Places

Next Intake

September 2022

Course Coordinator

Dr Yairen Jerez Columbie

Course Director

Dr. Theophile Munyangeyo

Closing Date

31st July 2022

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Admission Requirements

•    A minimum 2.1 honours class degree from an Irish University or its international equivalent.
•    For candidates who are not native English speakers and have not completed a degree through the medium of English, a minimum IELTS score of at least 6.5 in each category is required.
•    Applicants must demonstrate their ability to write clearly and persuasively in an academic register (via the writing sample, described in the application site).
•    Applicants will need to provide the names of two academic referees

 

Please note that previous region-specific knowledge and additional foreign language skills are not required.

For more  information on course structure and modules please visit the full course website

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Please email the team (cgic@tcd.ie) at the Centre for Global Intercultural Communications for any questions or clarifications

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