Master's Programme in Intercultural Management and Communication


Do you want to prepare yourself for the challenges that increasingly diverse working environments present to professionals? Do you want to participate in organizing processes of communication and developing new ways of thinking?  Do you want to apply your expertise in managing complexities in multicultural and multilingual settings?

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Management and Communication (IMCo) is your key to global understanding. This full time two-year programme combines cultural and communication studies with management studies. Its aim is to educate professionals who will work in networked societies and who will develop and apply organizational knowledge with expertise in communication in multicultural contexts.

NB! There is no intake to the Master's Programme in Intercultural Management and Communication in 2018.

Why study Intercultural Management and Communication?

The programme offers you the opportunity to develop into a specialist in managing diversity and communication processes in intercultural settings. With students coming from all over the world, you will live and study in a genuinely multilingual and multicultural environment. You will be taught by international teachers who are experts in their fields and who use innovative teaching methods which enhance community building and take into account the individuality of each learner.

What will you learn?

  • How to manage intercultural and multilingual communication in multicultural environments.
  • The ways in which multiculturalism structures societies.
  • The principles of how cultures function and how cultural identities are constructed.
  • To approach culture and multiculturalism from the perspective of philosophy and ethics.
  • Understand the mechanisms of communication and the role of digital media in a networked society.
  • To navigate confidently and smoothly in a multicultural, multilingual world.

What are the focus areas of the programme?

Multiculturalism, communication and cultural management are the focus of the Programme. Your studies are divided into three basic modules:

  • Cultures and Communication: Intercultural Communication, Comparative Cultural Studies, Philosophy of Multiculturalism, Communication Skills
  • Management: Management and Leadership, Project Management and Organizational Communication
  • Contemporary Culture: Semiotics of Culture and Media, Language, Society and Interaction, Popular Culture and Literature, Identity and Multiculturalism

Career prospects

With a Master's degree from the programme, you will be a specialist in intercultural communication and qualified for working in both public and private organisations, for example as an international coordinator, project manager, human resources manager, information officer, public relations specialist, researcher or educator.

There is no intake to the Master's Programme in Intercultural Management and Communication in 2018.

The programme comprises 120 ECTS (90 ECTS from the courses + Master's Thesis 30 ECTS) and leads to a Master of Arts degree. The programme can be completed in two years.

Structure of the Intercultural Management and Communication programme

  • Culture and Communication 22 ECTS
  • Intercultural Management 20 ECTS
  • Contemporary Culture 20 ECTS
  • General and Language Studies 8 ECTS
  • M.A. Thesis (incl. Research Seminar) 30 ECTS
  • Optional Studies 20 ECTS

Programme Structure

Intercultural Management and Communication, Master of Arts Degree 120 ECTS

  • Culture and Communication 22 ECTS
    • Comparative Cultural Studies 5 ECTS
    • Philosophy of Multiculturalism 5 ECTS
    • Intercultural Communication 7 ECTS
    • Academic Communication Skills 5 ECTS
  • Intercultural Management 20 ECTS
    • Management and Leadership 5 ECTS
    • Organisational Communication 5 ECTS
    • Project Management 10 ECTS
  • Contemporary Culture 20 ECTS
    • Semiotics of Culture and Media 5 ECTS
    • Language, Society and Interaction 5 ECTS
    • Popular Culture 5 ECTS
    • Text, Identity and Multiculturalism 5 ECTS
  • M.A. Thesis (incl. Research Seminar) 30 ECTS
  • General Studies 3 ECTS
    • Personal Study Plan 1 ECTS
    • Information Skills I 1 ECTS
    • Information Skills II 1 ECTS
  • Language Studies 5 ECTS
    • Finnish for Foreigners I 5 ECTS or an optional course for native Finnish speakers
  • Optional Studies min. 20 ECTS (e.g. internship in Finland/abroad, student exchange)
    For example:
    • Finnish for Foreigners II 5 ECTS
    • Cultural Currents 5 ECTS
    • Classics of Cultural Studies 5 ECTS
    • Gender Studies 5 ECTS
    • Period Literature 5 ECTS
    • Popularization 5 ECTS
    • Ethics 5 ECTS
    • Internship
    • Exchange studies

Course Descriptions

The course descriptions for the academic year 2016-2017 are also available in WebOodi.

Personal Study Plan

The Personal Study Plan, PSP in short, is an aid for students to follow their progress during the studies. All students create a PSP in the beginning of their studies under the guidance of the International Education Specialist. The PSP is an informal agreement between the student and the Faculty of Philosophy, and it can be revised during the studies.

In general, the PSP comprises a timetable of the courses the student is planning to take. More information about the PSP is given during the orientation days and in the programme meetings arranged in the beginning of the academic year.Guidelines for Written Work

Please apply the Faculty of Philosophy's official writing guidelines to all your written work during your studies. This will save you from a lot of editing later on, especially with your thesis.

Juuli Honko
Asiantuntija, kansainväliset asiat

Yliopistopalvelut, Opiskelun ja opetuksen palvelut

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