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Intercultural communication

Research into intercultural communication explores how people from different countries and cultures interact and communicate. It includes the study of nonverbal communication and intercultural pragmaties. Researchers in our group focus on the skills and knowledge fundamental to successful intercultural communication. Apart from mediation between different cultures and languages, a particular strength in our area is internet-supported intercultural communication, including tandem learning and telecollaboration between multiple online parties.

Qualifications available:



For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus either a masters degree or research methods training at masters level (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Online intercultural exchange (telecollaboration)
  • Multilingual and multicultural online communities
  • Communication across cultures and languages
  • Strategies for intercultural mediation
  • Intercultural aspects of postgraduate research and supervision
  • Translation and interpreting studies

Current/recent research projects

  • The INTENT project, funded by the EU’s lifelong learning programme, to support the engagement of university educators in online intercultural exchange
  • The MAGICC project (Modularising Multilingual and Multicultural Academic Communication Competence), funded by the EU’s lifelong learning programme
  • EVALUATE, a European Policy Experimentation in Evaluating and upscaling Telecolaborative Teacher Eduction

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Anne Foward
+44 (0)1908 655364

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.