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The philosophy of the MA in English for Professional and International Communication (EPIC) is to ensure that participants gain a profound theoretical and practical understanding of what is required to communicate in professional settings.

Graduates from this program will be equipped with an advanced level of English combined with a high level of ability to communicate in the workplace as well as equipped with the tools needed to be able to analyze and use English in various professional settings. Graduates will have a competitive edge in the job market.

Aims of the program:                                                                  
The aims of the program are:

  • to equip participants with a theoretical and practical understanding of the  concepts and principles of communication and how they apply to language use;
  • to develop in the participants professionalism, goal-orientation, leadership skills and awareness in individual differences in working styles and ability to manage them;
  • to equip participants with a high level of proficiency in English, in terms of their fluency, appropriateness and accuracy in a range of local and international contexts through a variety of modes and media;
  • to develop in participants the ability to analyze English language use in  professional contexts and apply their analytical skills in practical problem solving;
  • to develop in participants an awareness of the role of English as a global language across cultures, cross cultural understanding; interpersonal skills, critical self-awareness and problem solving abilities in specific professional contexts which will prepare them for careers in linguistically and culturally diverse organizations;
  • to develop an ability to conduct research into language and how language is used to communicate in specific professional situations;
  • to develop lifelong learning skills including management of change
    equipping them for a rapidly evolving global business environment;
  • to raise an awareness of morals and ethics in professional communication in  national and international arenas.

EPIC  Learning Goals

  1. Analytical, decision-making and creative skills
  2. Self-reliance and entrepreneurship
  3. Teamwork and leadership
  4. Effective communication, presentation and negotiation skills
  5. Corporate ethics, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability
  6. Awareness of cultural diversity

Classes are normally scheduled on Saturdays from 9.00 to 16.00.  Participants spend time on Sundays doing group work, assignment, reading, and/or consulting with tutors.  Regular class attendance is required.  Students are expected to attend all sessions of courses for which they are registered and will be allowed to take examinations only if they satisfy an 80% attendance requirement. 

Programme Structure
Plan A (12 credit thesis)
required courses        21 credits (= 7 courses + 1 non-credit course)
elective courses           3 credits (= 1 course)
thesis                       12 credits
total                         36 credits

Programme Structure
Plan B (6 credit research)
required courses        21 credits (= 7 courses + 1 non-credit course)
elective courses           9 credits (= 1 course)
research                     6 credits
total                          36 credits

Plan B (3 credit independent study)
required courses        21 credits (= 7 courses + 1 non-credit course)
elective courses          12 credits (= 1 course)
independent study       3  credits
total                          36 credits