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MAInternational Liaison and Communication

Tuition fee £13,000 per year
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This is a dynamic, pioneering interdisciplinary Masters course which meets the global demand for greater professionalism in interpersonal and inter-institutional bilingual communication. The course will focus on enhancing your personal skills as a communicator and facilitator of communication. This can be as an advocate, as a mediator, communication strategist, intermediary or communication facilitator. Firmly grounded on the latest international communications theories and using real life simulations, you will learn to locate and analyse resources, pre-empt communications challenges and develop strategies to overcome obstacles to successful interaction.

The course will enrich your knowledge and application of the key paradigms of international communication, information handling and presentation in a range of contexts from the field of public diplomacy to international media, intelligence, business and international NGOs. It also enhances your competencies in handling information across and between languages and cultures, in various professional settings. You will have the training and preparation to make significant contributions in your chosen profession.

Course applicants typically come from fields such as language studies, translation and interpreting, social work, teaching, journalism and other areas of the media as well as from public office. However, the course will prove invaluable to anyone with high-level bilingual competence and experience in mediation between peoples from different cultural backgrounds.

By the end of the course you will be able to use the knowledge gained through a detailed study of diplomatic, intelligence and policy questions, and combine this with a high level of linguistic competence. This will enhance your ability as a presenter of information and as a mediator between communities. The course is designed to help you develop your professional specialism and enhance your skills within an appropriate conceptual framework.

Programme structure

Core modules

This compulsory part of the course will help you to develop an understanding of the major components of research methodology: locating and using available research sources, (these will include, inter-alia, general and specialised libraries, reference works, indices and bibliographies, abstract services, and online databases; recording information and material collected; analysing data for reliability, comprehensiveness, bias and factuality; and finally assimilating material gathered into a dissertation.

As a result, you will have established research skills such as locating and using available research sources and being able efficiently to analyse the material that you have collected. For your dissertation you will be required to synthesise the skills, factual knowledge, methods and perspectives that you have acquired. You will also need to provide evidence of independent enquiry and a creative approach. Thus the Dissertation should accurately reflect both your personal development and the educational effectiveness of the course.

The accelerating process of globalisation, and the growing international flow of information, goods and people, have changed the way individuals, institutions, businesses and governments operate in the international arena. They have also highlighted the demand for bilingual professionals who can meet the needs of an increasingly transnational work environment.

This module examines the key theories of international communication, language and culture and provides an understanding of the political, economic, cultural and ideological dimensions of communication in a global context. It explores issues such as global media corporations, international flow of information, public diplomacy, and the role of NGOs. It focuses on developing language and communication skills applicable to a variety of bilingual professional settings.

Particular attention is given to the impact of cultural differences on multicultural and transnational encounters.

The need for effective communication in a global world is increasingly apparent. Effective communication is important not only for the individual but for those whose role is to facilitate interaction between representatives of professional and governmental and non- governmental organisations where people do not share the same language, culture or systems.

This module considers current theories of information processing, communication and interpretation and places them in a professional environment. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of the liaison official as advocate and facilitator, the link between cultures, the semiotic value of language, and its use as a tool of power. Various negotiation strategies are examined with reference to different cultures. Techniques for equal effective communication in two or more languages are examined and put into practice.

Career opportunities

At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Apply now! Spring semester 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Feb 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States