Master of Arts in Multilingual Communication

What is the MA in Multilingual Communication?

If you wish to dig deeper into the do’s and don’ts of communicating in a multilingual and intercultural business setting, the Master in Multilingual Communication is the next level up for a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Language Studies. 

What does the course look like?

The Master is a one-year programme (60 credits) and builds on the skills and knowledge you acquired in the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Language Studies. The programme is taught in Dutch and requires a perfect command of Dutch, and the two foreign language you opted for at BA level  (C1/C2 CEFR level). Next to these two foreign languages, schooling in a third foreign language is offered. A work placement (4 credits) is also part of the package and your dissertation is the crowning glory. 

Why study Multilingual Communication at Ghent University?

Your thorough command of three foreign languages will be a major asset on the job market. What’s more, you will be able to broaden and deepen your competence to analyse (strategic) language use and proficiency in professional settings (internal and external communication of corporations, government and non-profit organizations). In addition, the programme offers an introduction to and a profound insight in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods used in language proficiency and intercultural communication research.
The programme enables the students to strengthen their language competence in professional communication in Dutch and in at least one and possibly 2 foreign languages.

What are the central research themes in line with the course?

The INTERCOMM (Research Centre for Multilingual and Intercultural Communication) focuses on the study of spoken and written multilingual and intercultural communication in institutional and corporate settings. Methodological frameworks include corpus-based analysis, ethnography and experimental research. Foci of attention include the impact of parameters of cultural diversity (power, gender linearity, etc.), company culture and institutional policies, language choice, language use and communicative strategies. Current research projects include the study of corporate financial communication, corporate complaint management from a contrastive and intercultural perspective and issues of multilingualism and interpreting in healthcare and courtroom settings.

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