MA in IBC - Multicultural Communication in Organisations (MCO)

Student life


Study environment

The MCO has an annual intake of 80 students who are divided into two classes of 40 students.
The student body is very diverse culturally, socially and academically. About one-third of the MCO students hold a bachelor degree from CBS, another one-third come from other Danish universities and the rest are international students. Some students come from solid business backgrounds while others come straight from a bachelor programme.  The age of students range from 22 up to 50.

The programme is truly international. What you learn about intercultural awareness as part of the study programme, you will also experience in practice since your fellow students come from all over the world. Both in classes and group work you will work with your fellow students which gives you a great opportunity to learn about other cultures. In this way you will gain a better understanding not only of other cultures, but also how your own culture is viewed in the eyes of other cultures.

The study environment is a very engaging environment where the comfort level is high. There is a strong sense of solidarity among the students who often work in study groups and who are keen to help and share their knowledge with each other. The many different backgrounds are viewed as a strength and a way for students to complement each other. 

The students are very social and have a lot of parties both across classes and years.

Creating a good and active social environment on your studies depends heavily on you and your fellow students. If you are proactive and arrange social and academic events and activities, the programme management will back you up and take initiatives that support student interaction and events. Each class has a class representative who meets with the programme management once every semester. If you want to influence the decision-making, you can become a representative for your class or run for the study board. Here you will have the opportunity to give feedback and influence the programme and its further development. Dialogue with graduates is also facilitated by the study board in collaboration with CBS Alumni Relations in order to share knowledge on future career possibilities and pave the way for e.g. internships.


What to consider

You should master English at a high level. You need to have good listening, writing, speaking and reading skills and be able to use English when interacting and navigating in different contexts. You will be evaluated on you English skills.

You should also have an interest in:

  • other cultures
  • how organisations work
  • how to successfully run an organisation using communication as a tool and as a means to making the organisation work by understanding and eliminating barriers
  • improving your English skills
  • learning how to communicate in different fields areas
  • cultural diversity
  • international working environments

It is also an advantage to be a proactive person, to be open to different perspectives and different ways of working e.g. when working in teams and intercultural projects.

Active Participation and Engagement
The learning environment may be different and more demanding than you are used to. The programme focuses on student interaction in all activities. You should be prepared to participate actively, to facilitate and to take responsibility for your own and your fellow students’ learning processes.

Time Management
One of the great challenges of studying the MCO is time management. You will have to juggle a lot of reading, preparation for and participating in classes and at the same time you will be working on a team project doing interviews, transcribing, analysing data, writing etc.

English as a foreign language
You are expected to master English at a high level. You need to have good listening, reading, writing and speaking skills and you will need to use them every day both in and outside class. If your English skills are a bit rusty we recommend that you to practice to bring them up to speed before starting on MCO. You should especially practice your reading speed and comprehension in English because you are expected to read a large amount of texts. Finally you will be evaluated on your English competence, your professional writing skills and your ability to present information in a concise way as a part of exams.
The teaching is class-based and active participation and involvement from the students is expected. This goes for all the different types of teaching: lectures, supervision, feedback processes (from teachers and peers), workshops and teamwork. You should expect a lot of group work both in class, for preparation and exams. The teaching is often case-based which means that you will work with real cases from businesses such as Siemens showing how to use social media as a tool for knowledge sharing or how to use actual communication as a benchmark for evaluating different examples of communication. Occasionally you will have the opportunity to experience company presentations from representatives from the business world e.g. presenting examples of crisis communication used in their organisations.

The MCO programme allows you to work from a problem-oriented approach. Together with other students you will work on mini-research projects identifying and understanding the challenges in an organisation of your choice, collecting the necessary data in the organisation and analysing it to arrive at a solution the organisation can use.
Most exams at MCO are written exams with the exception of the 2nd year project, which is a report followed by an oral exam. The written exams are either sit-in exams or take-home assignments

For the common core courses exams vary from sit-in exams over take-home assignments to an individual oral exam based on a synopsis and a case-based oral exam

All exams take the level of English competence into consideration in the sense that poorly written content is hard to understand and imprecise language confuses the readership. The level of English competence will thus be reflected in the overall evaluation, which combines knowledge and quality of analysis/reflection with English communication competence.
Work, life, study balance
The programme is a full-time programme and you should expect to spend around 40 hours a week on average – in some periods more. Your schedule will consist of around 10-12 lessons a week. You should expect around 3 hours of preparation for each lesson spent on reading, assignments, group work, data collection, feedback, supervision etc.

The workload varies during the semester, and especially the time before handing in projects/assignments and exams can be quite hectic. Time management is essential to make ends meet. Especially if you are counting on having a student job an addition to your studies.
There are also a number of associations and organisations for students at CBS.


Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 01/12/2014