University of Portsmouth - MA Business Communication for International Leadership

University of Portsmouth

MA Business Communication for International Leadership

Learn to communicate effectively across national, social and cultural boundaries on this Master's degree in Business Communication for International Leadership.  

You'll gain the tools for conducting successful high-level business and maintaining positive business relationships on an international scale, building experience in areas such as negotiation, change management and diversity management.

You'll develop your verbal and written business communication style, and build leadership skills that will enable you to adapt effectively to different cultural contexts, ready for an international career in any area of business you aspire to. 

When you graduate, you'll be equipped to work internationally in managerial and leadership positions, in fields such as marketing, international banking, human resource management, public relations, sustainability management, stakeholder management, logistics, and distribution management.

Entry Requirements

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. This course is designed for non-native speakers (for applicants whose first language is not English). UK students who do not have English as their L1/first language can apply.

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Career Prospects

This Master's degree equips students with the necessary communication skills and international perspective to become future global business leaders. Graduates with an internationally recognized postgraduate qualification and a global outlook can tackle organizational challenges such as reputation management, ethical business practices, and sustainability. The program offers startup support, with the student enterprise team providing assistance and expert advice. Graduates can work in various fields, including corporate communication, marketing, public relations, social enterprise, management consultancy, human resources, banking, logistics, and distribution. They can also work towards roles such as senior leader of corporate marketing, public relations specialist, sales director, management consultant, HR manager, director of public engagement, and global sustainability manager. The program also provides expert career support from tutors and the Careers and Employability Centre, which can be accessed for five years after graduation. This includes networking events, 1-to-1 appointments, CV and cover letter advice, interview preparation and practice, workshops to enhance employability skills, recruitment events, and support starting a business.

Course Details

Master's degrees are a specialized and deeper education that requires students to work closely with academics committed to their field. The course structure is one year long, with 12 hours of timetabled teaching activities and 12 hours of independent study. The majority of teaching time is in-person and face-to-face, with teaching methods including seminars, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, and academic skills development workshops. Teaching staff includes experienced experts in international business, international management, intercultural communication, professional communication, academic and language skills development, and research methods. Assessments include simulation, case study analysis, oral presentations, report writing, written assessments, quizzes, and dissertation/major project. Students can test their skills and knowledge informally before undergoing assessments that count towards their final mark. Feedback on practice and formal assessments is available to help students improve in the future. The course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter and the opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in real-life situations.

Course Modules

Communication in Professional Contexts - 30 credits
Dissertation / Major Project - 60 credits
Intercultural Communication in Business - 30 credits
International Leadership and Managing Diversity - 30 credits
Strategies for Sustainability Leadership - 30 credits

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