Joint Master International Communication Offered by the Geert Hofstede Consortium
Three Universities.Three degrees.
Once in a lifetime experience.
Three Prestigious
Three Trimester


The ambitious triple degree programme MIC, equips students to develop and manage international communication for worldwide companies.
It is for students who aspire to an international career as a communication practitioner in senior managerial or consultancy positions, responsible for the external and internal communication of international organisation.

The MIC offers you the opportunity to study at three universities within Europe and to graduate with three degrees and a Geert Hofstede Consortium certificate.

The programme starts in September and is designed around three trimesters of study, each one focused on a specific topic and spent in one of the consortium universities.

The final component of the programme is your thesis. With support from the faculties, you will write your Dissertation with ample time to work on it after the final module.

1st Trimester 2nd Trimester 3rd Trimester The Dissertation
September - December January - March April - June July - March
Leeds Beckett University
IULM University
Vilnius University

Leeds Beckett University
IULM Universisty
Vilnius University

- Corporate and Digital Communication

- Global Business Environment

- Strategic Communication Plan
- Corporate and Social Responsibility

- Lobbying and Public Affairs

- Research Methodology for Business
- Public Diplomacy

- International Crisis Management

- Applied Communication Theory for Research

At the end of the three modules you will start writing The Dissertation under the
supervision of these universities.

The full programme weights a total of 90 ECTS

The MIC programme is career oriented. Throughout your study, you will analyse and solve real corporate communication issues provided by companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations. While acquiring the necessary expertise through lectures, you will also acquire the knowledge and skills you need to be able to work within an international, complex and ever-changing corporate environment.

With the MIC, you will not only be achieving an academic milestone, you will also be building your business network and complementing your résumé with work experiences.

As a graduate of the Master in International Communication you will be an intercultural communication professional able to work in a global context, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to work at managerial or consultancy level.

Specialisation programmes

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

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.

Communications audit: 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

Social Responsibility: This course aims to teach knowledge and understanding of the complexity of sustainability and business impact. The focus lies on the ability to evaluate tools for measuring, benchmarking and evaluating corporate responsibility (CSR) and the ability to identify and to critically evaluate existing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of sustainable business management and presenting convincing and well-argued cases for particular CSR-related decisions. 

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.

International Crisis Communication: The aim of this course is to equip students with a working knowledge of conflict and crisis communications management. This course teaches the students to estimate practical crisis and conflict situations on the grounds of their gained knowledge. The goal is to be able to develop conflict management and crisis communication strategy and plans.

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:
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

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 trimester full-time programme. You will study at three consortium universities