Master of Crosscultural Communication

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

There will be no new enrolments in this course in 2017. The information below is for current students only.

Do you work or aspire to work in sectors such as tourism, marketing and advertising, business, diplomacy, media or policymaking and co-operation between government and non-government organisations? The Master of Crosscultural Communication will help you develop an understanding of how languages work, how societies and cultures differ and the variety of ways in which people from different societies and cultural backgrounds communicate using languages. On this foundation, you will be able to analyse intercultural communication.

Why study with us?
Our course gives you the flexibility to select your own pathway of electives such as language, communication and translation; business and global communication; culture and media communication.

You can choose to study a particular society, or focus on a research project.

Course outline

Study plan

The Master of Crosscultural Communication requires the satisfactory completion of 72 credit points over 18 months full-time or up to six years part-time study, including:

(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and

(b) a maximum of 42 credit points from elective or core elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Crosscultural Communication subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including from units of study offered by other faculties; and

(c) 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

The remaining units of study may be chosen to form one of the following pathways: language, communication and translation; communication in different media; global communication; culture, religion and visual communication; or area studies (Arab World, Asia and Europe).

Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation must prepare a research proposal and discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolling. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the

Postgraduate Table of units of Study for Crosscultural Communication Subject Area.

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Crosscultural Communication have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation (12cp) must prepare a research proposal and discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolling. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation is normally undertaken over two semesters and comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 12,000 words.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Crosscultural Communication equips you for a career in education, law, health, business, marketing and advertising, diplomacy, media, tourism, government and non-government organisations.

Further study

The Master of Crosscultural Communication has been designed for those working or aspiring to work in sectors such as tourism, marketing and advertising, business, diplomacy, media, policy-making and co-operation between government and non-government organizations. Students will develop the tools to analyze crosscultural communication on the basis of a sound grounding in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and the ethnography of communication, learning to communicate creatively across cultural boundaries.

Admission

Admission requirements

Entry in the 1 year or 1.5 year degree program is determined by the criteria below:

Admission to candidature for the Master of Crosscultural Communication (1.5 years full-time) requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification

Admission to candidature for the Master of Crosscultural Communication (1 year full-time) requires:

(a) completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Crosscultural Communication with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) an Honours degree in a relevant discipline or

(c) relevant professional work experience and a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average or an equivalent qualification

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

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International students

How to apply

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When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

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Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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