Professional Language and Intercultural Studies MA

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.
UK fees
£11,500 (Total)
International fees
£25,750 (Total)

Course overview

Students in the Language Zone

This course combines the study of intercultural communication/studies with a thorough grounding in professional language. The intercultural side encompasses the study of social interaction between cultural groups, including theoretical analysis of some of the thornier global questions which we currently face. In terms of professional language, you will develop skills in translation, public speaking and written communication in English. These two strands are closely connected through exploring the role that culture and languages play in shaping our identity, influencing social relations and affecting aspects of power.

You’ll also focus on additional topics that suit your interests and aspirations, as you choose from optional modules across different disciplines or contexts. You could study modules focusing on applied translation, gender and equality, linguistics, and international organisations, among many others. You could even study a foreign language. If you’re looking for a career with an international dimension, this course will allow you to develop the knowledge, cultural awareness, and practical skills to succeed.

We’re a truly international university, with over 30,000 students from more than 130 countries and a large, diverse team of leading researchers and practitioners.

Specialist facilities

Our students benefit from this stimulating learning environment while developing their skills in state-of-the-art facilities; as well as our world-class research library, you could practice translation in the Martin Thomas Translation Labs. These Labs support all of our translation programmes, complete with around 60 high-spec PCs and a wide range of specialist software for translation and subtitling. It’s an excellent place to gain an insight into the relations between cultural groups while gaining valuable practical skills.

If you’re looking to develop your foreign language skills, you can access the Language Zone, which provides learning materials in over 50 languages, as well as study space, digital resources and workshops and activities.

Course details

In your first semester you’ll explore key issues in intercultural studies and begin to develop skills for effective research. You’ll also study the usage and role of English worldwide in different contexts.

Beyond these core modules, you’ll shape the course of your studies. You’ll choose from a variety of language-based modules, either developing your specialised translation skills or getting to grips with language in professional contexts. You’ll then build on your knowledge by selecting optional modules from an impressive range, cutting across disciplines to suit your career plans and interests.

By the end of the course in September, you’ll be able to showcase your skills when you hand in your individual project or dissertation.

If you study the programme part-time, you’ll take 90 credits in each year and complete the programme in two years.

Students can either choose to focus on translation or English for professional purposes. On the translation pathway, students will need to pass a translation test and take the following modules:

  • Methods and Approaches in Translation Studies
  • At least one specialised translation module

On the English for professional purposes pathway, you will take the following modules:

  • Rhetoric and Public Speaking
  • Writing for Professional Purposes

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Professional Language and Intercultural Studies MA Full Time in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Skills and Issues in Intercultural Studies 30
English in International Communication 30

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Creative Inquiry, Communication and Learning 30
Caribbean and Black British Writing 30
Postcolonial Cultures of Encounter and Settlement 30
Black Internationalism 30
Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis 30
Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective 30
Diversity Management 30
China and India in the Global Context 15
Methods and Approaches in Translation Studies 30
Introduction to Screen Translation 15
English for Translators 15
Rhetoric and Public Speaking 15
Managing Business Across Cultures 15
Introduction to Interpreting Skills 15
Introduction to Legal Translation 15
International Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice 15
Literary Translation 15
Writing for Professional Purposes 15
Specialised French-English Translation A 15
Specialised German-English Translation A 15
Specialised Italian-English Translation A 15
Specialised Portuguese-English Translation A 15
Specialised Russian-English Translation A 15
Specialised Spanish-English Translation A 15
Specialised English-Arabic Translation A 15
Specialised French-English Translation B 15
Specialised German-English Translation B 15
Specialised Italian-English Translation B 15
Specialised Portuguese-English Translation B 15
Specialised Russian-English Translation B 15
Specialised Spanish-English Translation B 15
Specialised English-Arabic Translation B 15
Specialised Arabic-English Translation A 15
Specialised English-Chinese Translation A 15
Specialised Arabic-English Translation B 15
Specialised English-Chinese Translation B 15
Research Methods and Project for MAPLIS 30
Research Methods and Dissertation for MAPLIS 60
Specialised Chinese-English Translation A 15
Specialised Japanese-English Translation A 15
Specialised Chinese-English Translation B 15
Specialised Japanese-English Translation B 15
Africa in the Contemporary World 30
Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance 30
Democracy and Development 30
Gender, Globalisation and Development 30
Global Inequalities and Development 30
Political Economy of Resources and Development 30
The EU and the Developing World 30
Contemporary Politics of the Middle East 30
Political Transitions in South East Asia 30
The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict 30
Insurgency 15
International Political Economy 30
International Politics and The Environment 15
Terrorism 15
Contemporary Issues in Religion and Gender 30

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught by leading researchers and practitioners in a variety of disciplines, depending on the modules you choose. As a result you’ll experience a range of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, practical classes and one-to-one tutorials among others.

The assessments include, for example, essays but also individual research projects, group presentations, and group projects that give you hands-on experience of project management and working with others that you may encounter in the world of work.

We use collaborative technologies to support your learning and, for those who are studying translation, you’ll also receive specialised training in current software.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


The assessment types vary across the course. They could include traditional exams and essays as well as reflective logs, problem-solving reports, and group and individual presentations. Translation modules also use translation tests. For written assignments, usually a choice of a range of topics is provided, enabling you to decide which topics you want to explore in more depth.

Many of our assignments include reflective elements, encouraging you to think about your role as a researcher and consider how you can grow your skills beyond the classroom. We also use contemporary case studies so you can evaluate current events.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons). We welcome applicants from a diverse range of subject disciplines.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Communication and Society (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Communication and Society (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Please see our How to Apply page for information about application deadlines.

Applications will not be considered until required documents (see below) have been submitted.

We recommend that you provide evidence of English language proficiency at the point of application, however, it is not a requirement to do so. Applicants must meet the English language requirement, submit their application and submit all required supporting documents by the course deadline. Applicants applying for funding/scholarships are advised to apply at least eight weeks ahead of any deadline.

Application Deadlines for International applicants: 12 August 2024

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Applying from China

Due to the large numbers of applications we receive, we’re only able to offer places to applicants who have attended selected Chinese institutions. With regret, any applications we receive from applicants awarded a qualification in China from an institution that isn’t on this list will be rejected.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you'll need

You must upload the following documents before we will assess your application:

  • Official degree certificate(s) and transcript of marks or enrolment certificate and partial transcript of marks
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (recommended)
  • Personal Statement; Visit the course catalogue page and select modules to learn about them in detail before you compose your statement. This should be approximately 500 words and must (A) explain why you want to study the course, (B) outline your background and previous study in this area in relation to the course content and particular modules, (C) demonstrate an understanding of the modules, which you would opt to study and why, (D) explain how the course will benefit you in your future career, and (E) explain why you are interested in the course offered at Leeds in particular.
  • Translation Tests (optional)
    This course does not require you to take modules in specialised translation, however if you wish to enrol on these modules then you must complete the corresponding translation test(s).

If you require any further information, please contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Taught Postgraduate Admissions Office.


Tel: +44 (0)113 343 0233 or +44 (0)113 343 3234

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures receives very large numbers of high-quality applications and regrets that it cannot make offers to all of its applicants. Some particularly popular schools may have to reject many that hold the necessary academic qualifications.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

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UK: £11,500 (Total)

International: £25,750 (Total)

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Find out more about Funding and Scholarships.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of fields, usually with some kind of international focus. Some of our graduates work in tourism, for local, regional and/or national governments, or for international publishing companies. Some are teachers, either working in international schools or teaching languages. Some are working as translators. This MA will help you to develop a wide range of skills that are useful to many different industries operating in an international environment.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.