Joint Master International Communication Offered by the Geert Hofstede Consortium
Four Universities.Two degrees.
Once in a lifetime experience.
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Three Semester
Programme

The Master in International Communication is a three semester full-time programme. You will study at two of our four consortium universities during the first two semesters. You choose which ones and in what order.

Specialisation programmes

Have a quick look at what each of our four consortium universities have to offer for your second semester:

Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Hanze University of Applied Sciences

Groningen, the Netherlands

The Issues Manager: The effective management of public affairs shapes public policy, public perception and public acceptance. How can public affairs/communication strategies be used as tools for dealing with public issues and be applied to exert influence and gain an advantage? This course provides the opportunity to research and plan a major project and make a public presentation and a defence to a client in a consultancy role.

The trusted advisor: Knowing how to conduct evidence-based research makes one a trusted advisor. This project focusses on applied communication research, specifically the empiric and analytical phase of research, in solving grand societal issues. This course provides the opportunity to perform as a researcher and to apply modern (online) research tools and learn to develop simple and concrete metaphors that help people to organise information on issues in new ways.

The engager: An organisation working internationally needs its employees to be interculturally competent. In this course you will learn how to train others and how to manage international projects within the context of a development cooperation. For this course, we work together with the Hanze Centre for Development Cooperation.

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds, United Kingdom

Public relations skills: This specialisation helps you become more employable in public relations by developing their competence and confidence. With a focus on writing and professional skills, you will develop writing tactics necessary for crafting and delivering communication messages via traditional and social media. You will develop PR consultancy and managerial skills, including crisis management and the role of creativity in communication management.

Communication audits: A thorough and effective communication audit ensures an organisation is using the best possible communication channels available. While gaining invaluable insight into the process, you will be challenged to offer creative proposals for improving communication processes and to critically evaluate the recommendations for the client.

Digital communication management: New media is rapidly re-shaping the communication industry. The aim of this specialisation is to develop a deeper understanding of new media, in theory and practice, and to critically analyse the implications for corporate communications.

IULM University

IULM University

Milan, Italy

Development and communication: What does it take to become a communication professional in the field of development cooperation? You will develop a critical understanding of communication theory and the practical application of media in development contexts for international organisations and/or NGOs working together with developing nations.

Public affairs and advocacy: Explore the art and craft of the lobbying profession. You will be immersed in the strategies, tactics, methods, techniques, regulations, and ethics of those who advocate public policy options to public officials.

Social responsibility and communication: Social responsibility is one of the major focus areas of today.What is the role of the communication professional in relation to social responsibility? How can an organisation implement a socially responsible philosophy with the support of its stakeholders?advocate public policy options to public officials.

Vilnius University

Vilnius University

Vilnius, Lithuania

Crisis Management and Communication: An organisation must prepare for the unexpected. The way in which an organisation responds to the unforeseen can save or even damage its reputation. You will focus on how to plan for a crisis and develop the skills needed to handle a crisis effectively.

International Communication Campaigns: This specialisation provides you with theoretical knowledge about communication campaigns, implemented in the international arena. You will get a clear understanding of Intercultural communication aspects that are important in planning, organising and implementing communication campaigns.

Scientific Research: This specialisation aims to expand and deepen students’ knowledge and skills in scientific research. This includes developing the capacity to assess scientific work to address both theoretical and practical scientific problems, to develop the ability to find reliable sources and the capacity to analyse scientific literature, as well as articulate findings, scientific reasoning and discussion.

Public Diplomacy: The course gives the overview of the public diplomacy as means for foreign policy implementation. It also aims to develop students‘ understanding and ability to analyse how current means of communication influence the traditional diplomacy and determines foreign policy methods; whether and how the public diplomacy is employed by governments to achieve their foreign policy goals.

Please note: specialisations are subject to change.

Degrees Awarded

Graduate will receive two master’s degrees and a certificate from the Geert Hofstede Consortium. After you have fullfilled the graduation requirements of partner universities, you will receive the following degree:

Master of Arts in International Communication
Awarded by:
Vilnius Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Groningen, the Netherlands
Leeds Leeds Beckett University
Leeds, United Kingdom
Hanze IULM University
Milan, Italy
Master of Social Sciences in Communication
Awarded by:
IULM Vilnius University
Vilnius, Lithuania

Semester dates 2016 - 2017

Vilnius University
Semester 2First week of September 2016 – end of January 2017 Semester 2First week of February 2017 – end of June 2017
Leeds Beckett University
Semester 2Mid September 2016 – mid January 2017 Semester 2End of January 2017 – end of May 2017
Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Semester 2First week of September 2016 – end of January 2017 Semester 2First week of February 2017 – end of June 2017
IULM University
Semester 2Early February 2017 – mid May 2017

Graduate profile

Graduates of the MIC are interculturally competent communication professionals able to work in a global context from a European Perspective. They anticipate change and are able to create, offer and manage sustainable and innovative solutions to problems from the professional field at a senior managerial or consultancy level.

A few examples of what could be on your business card after graduation:

  • Account executive
  • PR & Communications specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Digital Strategist and Community Manager
  • Social Media Consultant
  • Global Brand Management
  • PR & Marketing Coordinator
  • Senior International Relations Officer
  • Intercultural Trainer

Joint Master International Communication

The Master in International Communication is a three semester full-time programme. You will study at two of our four consortium universities during the first two semesters. You choose which ones and in what order.