Program Overview

Business is now conducted on a global scale. If you want to be among the next generation of business leaders, you need to adapt accordingly, communicating effectively over national, social and cultural boundaries.


This Business Communication for International Leadership Master's degree course gives you the tools for conducting successful high-level business in an international setting. You'll develop your business leadership and communication skills while learning about working effectively in different cultural contexts.


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


This course is designed for non-native speakers (for applicants whose first language is not English).  If you are a UK student, you can apply if English is not your first language.


On this Business Communication for International Leadership Master's, you'll:

  • Develop skills in areas vital for business success, including change management, stakeholder management, reputation management, employee relations, sustainability, strategy, and managing diversity
  • Learn to engage effectively with international stakeholders
  • Develop your language, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills so you can engage effectively in dialogue and negotiations across international boundaries
  • Cover key leadership theories and management principles and learn how to apply them in practice in an international context.
  • Learn how to understand and address cross-cultural differences, so you can lead a diverse, international workforce effectively
  • Immerse yourself in current industry practice by engaging with experts during your studies, through guest lectures, interviews and discussion forums with industry personnel and practitioners

Transferable skills you'll develop include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Presentation skills

PortsmouthUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,200


IELTS: 6.5


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What you'll study on this MA Business Communication for International Leadership degree course
Each module on this Master's is worth 15 or 30 credits, with the exception of the dissertation module, which is worth 60 credits.


You'll study modules worth a total of 180 credits.


Modules currently being studied

Core modules

  • Communication in Professional Contexts – 30 credits
  • Intercultural Communication in Business – 30 credits
  • International Leadership and Managing Diversity – 30 credits
  • Strategies for Sustainable Leadership – 30 credits
  • Dissertation – 60 credits


There are no optional modules.


Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.


Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Qualifications or experience

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

English language requirements

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

September 2022 and January 2023 start


  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,400
  • EU students: £9,400 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International students: £16,200

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from the Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


When you graduate, you'll have a highly sought after skillset and could work in areas such as:


  • Corporate communication
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Social enterprise
  • Management consultancy
  • Human resources
  • Banking
  • Logistics and distribution

Because of the course's focus on leadership and management, roles you could aspire to include:

  • Head of corporate marketing
  • Public relations specialist
  • Sales director
  • Management consultant
  • HR manager
  • Director of public engagement
  • Global sustainability manager

You could also continue your studies at PhD level or set up a business with help and support from the University's Careers and Employability service.


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