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International Business Communication and Communication Design

Master (2 years) of , 120 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Sønderborg
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 3100 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


This programme is for students with a linguistic background in English, German, or Danish and a keen interest in communication in intercultural and technical environments. The programme consists of the 3 main components: Language and linguistics, Communication design as well as Knowledge structuring and methodological competences. 

Career Opportunities  

The MA in Communication Design qualifies you for performing a variety of different advanced communication tasks in your foreign language (English, German, or Danish).  
You may go on to work in fields like international and intercultural PR, organisational and institutional communication, technical documentation and product development.  
A future occupation could be user-centred design projects in which you would cooperate, throughout the design of a technical product, with the product development, marketing, information and customer services departments of the enterprise.

About the Degree

You gain strong competencies in handling foreign language communication tasks, and obtain specialised skills in document and communication design, including a cross-disciplinary focus on user-centred design and linguistic action between humans and technology. We study how people use technology in order to develop ideas for innovation.   

The programme's primary objective is to produce experts in language and document/communication design. You will develop the ability to generate original, effective documents in a broad range of fields and obtain expertise in cultural communication processes as well as in the linguistic interaction taking place in an organisational environment. Your linguistic and document design skills can be used to create all kinds of documents for companies or organisations, e.g. brochures, posters, user manuals.

The study programme, which is the first of its kind in Denmark, represents an expansion of the competencies that can be obtained through other MA programmes in foreign languages and business communication.   

Course Content 
This two-year programme is split into four semesters. The first two semesters of teaching take place in Sønderborg. Teaching activities include classroom-based teaching, lectures as well as project work in small groups.   
In the third semester, you can choose from an array of electives, both at SDU or from other universities in Denmark and abroad. Alternatively, in the third semester, you may complete an internship in your desired field of future employment or participate in one of the research projects carried out at SDU in Sønderborg. The fourth semester is reserved for writing the Masters thesis. See more


To be admitted to this programme, you must hold a Bachelor's degree from a relevant discipline.
Read the entry requirements here

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Read about the language requirements of the University of Southern Denmark

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact T
he University of Southern Denmark directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.  

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System

Spring - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Aug 01
Start date
Feb 01

Spring - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Nov 01
Start date
Feb 01

Autumn - Non-EU/EEA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Feb 01
Start date
Sep 01

Autumn - EU/EAA/Nordic/Swiss citizens

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01


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