MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies

What does the programme offer?

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This programme offers a unique combination of intercultural (or cross-cultural) studies with the study of modern languages, including English, for professional purposes. It aims to help students develop a broad understanding of the nature of contemporary relations between different cultural groups and hence the cultural sensitivity, together with the high-level communicative skills, needed for use in international professional settings or in further study of the field.

Why Leeds?

The University of Leeds, the first choice for more than 30,000 students from over 130 different countries, is a truly international university. The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies lies at the heart of this international, and intercultural, academic environment. It is unique in the breadth of specialist linguistic training it offers and its coverage of the cultures and societies of different regions and historical eras – from Asia to the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America, and from classical antiquity to the twenty first century. The School’s ten subject areas are: Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies; East Asian Studies; French; German, Russian and Slavonic Studies; Italian and Classics; Languages for All (L4A); Linguistics and Phonetics; Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies; Translation Studies and World Cinemas. The University’s Language Centre which teaches English for academic/special purposes as well as provides specialist tuition in intercultural communication/studies also forms part of the School. In addition, the School has long-standing involvement in the Centres for Canadian Studies, Chinese Business and Development (CCBD), Cultural Studies, European Studies, Gender Studies, Jewish Studies, Medieval Studies, International Business (CIBUL), and the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC). The teaching of Intercultural Studies is spread across all the subject areas of the School.

Alongside the University's excellent Library and general ICT provision, students will also benefit from the media facilities of the Language Centre, including its state-of-the-art self-access Language Zone.

How is the programme structured?

Intercultural Studies modules

  • 'Skills and Issues in Intercultural Studies’ focuses on improving understanding of the processes and contexts of interaction between different cultural groups
  • ‘English in International Communication’ is a Sociolinguistics-based module that examines the nature of language and of English in particular, as both native tongue and lingua franca
  • A dissertation on a topic related to Intercultural Studies, together with research methods training

Professional Language modules

  • Translation theory and practicum modules in a wide variety of different language combinations (subject to level test/availability of different language combinations)
  • Modules on public speaking and writing for professional purposes (in English)

Further Optional Modules

  • MAPLIS/Centre for Translation Studies modules: ‘Managing Business across Cultures’, 'International Organisations: Context, Theory, Practice', ‘Introduction to Interpreting Skills’, ‘Introduction to Screen Translation’, ‘English for Translators’, and others
  • Modules in Applied Linguistics and in the history, culture and/or politics of the world’s regions, nations and ethnic groups
  • A wide variety of foreign language modules at all levels

For further information about the course see the programme catalogue entry for MAPLIS.

Learning and assessment

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes and one-to-one tutorials. Assessment ranges from the traditional essay, to more practical assignments such as problem-solving reports, reflective logs, and group or individual oral presentations. For your research project/dissertation you will be assigned a supervisor whose research interests correspond most closely to your chosen topic.

Staff teaching on this programme 

While many staff members from across the School contribute sessions to the individual modules, the members of staff below are Programme Managers and/or Module Leaders (click on their names to see their profiles).

Programme Manager: Mr Haynes Collins

Module Leaders: Dr Jane Wilkinson, Dr Marco Santello, Ms Anne Buckley, Mr Gary Hernandez.

Selected contributors to modules: Dr Bethan Davies, Dr Sameh Hanna, Dr Irena Hayter, Dr Thea Pitman, Dr Vlad Strukov, Dr James Simpson, Dr Caroline Starkey.

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  1. What does the programme offer?
  2. Sample programme designs
  3. How to apply and enquiries
  4. Careers