Research degrees
Research areas
Languages and applied linguistics
Intercultural communication

Intercultural communication

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD or Professional doctorate PhD:
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
October November to January
PhD or Professional doctorate
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
Start dates
Application period
November to January

Research into intercultural communication explores how people from different countries and cultures interact and communicate. It includes the study of nonverbal communication and intercultural pragmatics. 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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and an MA or research methods training at MA level (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

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

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

PhD fees

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,596 per year Full time: £11,666 per year
Part time: £2,298 per year Part time: £5,833 per year

Professional doctorate fees

UK fee International fee
Part time: £3,499 per year Part time: £8,885 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership or The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.


Students from different cultures communicating with each other

How to apply

Get in touch

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

Dr Inma Álvarez, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Phone: +44 (0)1908 659169

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.