Courses

Postgraduate


International Liaison and Communication MA

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UKPASS code: 025912 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

Start: 15 September 2014
Duration: 1 year

Location: Central London
Campus: Regent

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2014/15 only. Alumni discount.

Home/EU: £5,500.00
Overseas: £11,500.00

View course-specific entry requirements

You will normally be a graduate or have equivalent professional status. You must offer two languages, including English; you must be an habitual user or fluent in one language, and be capable of listening, speaking and reading in the other language to at least Council of Europe Level B2/C1. You must also demonstrate valid reasons for wishing to study the course, understanding of the nature and demands of the course and the conceptual and intellectual foundations needed to study at postgraduate level, and you may be invited to an interview. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent). The University offers pre-sessional summer courses if you need to improve your English before starting your course.

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It has always been understood that operating effectively in an international environment requires good communicative ability. With the growth in global interaction, it is increasingly apparent that effective mediation and liaison skills require a combination of wide-ranging background knowledge, cultural sensitivity, and ability in two or more languages.

This course is designed for professionals working with languages in areas such as military liaison, diplomacy, security organisations and intergovernmental institutions. It is particularly suitable for specific interest groups such as defence and military attaches, peacekeeping officers, journalists, foreign correspondents, personnel from international agencies, and graduates aspiring to a career in international liaison and communication.

Course content

By the end of the course you will be able to use the knowledge gained through a detailed study of diplomatic, intelligence and policy questions, and combine this with a high level of linguistic competence. This will enhance your ability as a presenter of information and as a mediator between communities. The course is designed to help you develop your professional specialism and enhance your skills within an appropriate conceptual framework.

Core modules

  • Bi-lingual Presentation
  • Dissertation
  • International Communication
  • International Liaison

Option modules

  • EU Studies
  • Information and Media Studies
  • Intelligence and National Security Studies
  • Intercultural Communication

Teaching and assessment

Each module is individually assessed by either exam or coursework.

Associated careers

Successful graduates have operated as liaison professionals in the fields of business, diplomacy, the media, national and international security, peacekeeping, and other arenas where joint international operations take place.

Length of course

One year, full-time

Location

Central London (Regent)

Employability

At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life.We place as much emphasis on gaining skills relevant to the workplace as on learning the academic discipline that you are studying.

Obtaining a placement, part-time or vacation job while you study will provide you with extra cash and help you demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for.

In London, there is a plentiful supply of part-time work - most students at the University of Westminster work part-time (or full-time during vacations) to help support their studies.

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Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation. You can use our comprehensive Online Vacancy Service to find part-time, placement, voluntary and graduate opportunities.

Our website provides comprehensive information covering topics such as events, job searching, CVs and applications. We organise presentations, networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations to help you with your career planning.

Our careers consultants are experienced personal development trainers and offer a range of self-development workshops to improve your job seeking strategies, to enhance self-confidence and provide self-marketing techniques.

We offer support for students and recent graduates to obtain volunteer placements and also for those interested in developing their enterprise skills.

We can help you to:

  • Find part-time / vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • Explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • Plan your career development
  • Identify your career options
  • Market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and interviews.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre

Career options in your subject area

We offer targeted careers information for this course. View the range of careers options that are available to you after you graduate:

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Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support including subject specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.

Study in the city

If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.

Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.

Accommodation

After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.

Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships

In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.

Personal tutoring

All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.

Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.

Language support

Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.

Personal advice and counselling

While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.

International Westminster

With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.

Study Abroad and Summer School programmes

Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.

If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.

Sport and recreation

The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.

Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.

Information evenings

Upcoming postgraduate information evenings

Date Title Location
3 September 2014 Postgraduate information evening Cavendish, Harrow, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone, Regent

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About the faculty

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

We offer an exciting breadth of activity across the Social Sciences, Law and the Arts and Humanities. We are one of the country's biggest providers of Modern and Applied Language tuition.

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Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Regent Street building

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What our students say

"The MA provided me with the academic framework for international communication theory that upholds the importance of diplomacy and mutual understanding…" Sarah Sandsted, International Liaison and Communication MA, graduated 2013

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Student achievement

Social Sciences and Humanities students celebrate their Achievement Awards.

70 students were presented with a certificate and a cheque for £1,000 by their Head of Department.

English language support

We offer English language support for students who would like to improve their language skills during their studies.

Find out more about our English language support.