Moray House School of Education and Sport

Programme Structure

This programme can be studied full time or part time. You will study a number of compulsory and option courses and complete a dissertation to be awarded an MSc in Language and Intercultural Communication.

The programme is designed with a strong research focus across its courses and is taught by internationally recognised experts in the field. It is designed for both pre-service and in-service language teachers interested in developing and enhancing the skills necessary for a professional career in language and intercultural communication. The programme is also suitable for individuals working in intercultural language education policy, as well as graduates interested in undertaking further postgraduate research at PhD level.

Introduction to MSc Language and Intercultural Communication

Video: Introduction to MSc Language and Intercultural Communication at Moray House
Introduction to the Language and Intercultural Communication MSc at Moray House, University of Edinburgh.


The Master's degree programme (a total of 180 credits) is divided into two semesters with a dissertation following at the end of the year. It is made up of taught core and option SCQF Level 11 courses totalling 120 credits. The dissertation carries 60 credits.

In Semester 1 (September - December), students will complete four core courses:

In Semester 2 (January - April), students will complete one core course and two option courses:

One of the option courses must be selected from the list of SCQF Level 11 courses below. These courses are offered to all students on the languages masters programmes in Moray House School of Education and Sport:

The second option course can be either:

  • One further course from the list above, or
  • One course from the wider Moray House or University masters courses (20 credits at SCQF Level 11). This must be approved by the Programme Director. N.B. If taking the programme on an intermittent basis, courses from outside the School may have different fees. 

Course descriptions (2022-23)

On successful completion of these taught courses, you will progress to produce an independently researched dissertation. Students must complete a 12,000-word Dissertation (May-August):

  • Dissertation: MSc Language and Intercultural Communication (60 credits)

This course gave me an opportunity to think critically and engage with concepts that were valuable to other courses. [Dr Fakunle’s] detailed responses to final course assessment was very helpful; I will be able to employ the recommendations to improve performance in future assessments.

Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature - nominated for Outstanding Course in the EUSA Teaching Awards 2021