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Overview

This course is currently under review.

The Graduate Diploma in Business is the ideal course for those who want to study a postgraduate degree at Northumbria but who do not currently meet the entry requirements.

By studying a mix of English language and business-focused modules you will build your communication skills and develop your understanding of how business works, enabling you to progress on to one of a number of Masters programmes at Northumbria University.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma (subject to progression requirements) you will be guaranteed a place on one of our Masters programmes.

Key facts

  • Build your English language and academic skills to gain entry onto a Masters programme
  • Upon successful completion (subject to progression requirements) you will be guaranteed a place on a Masters programme with Northumbria
  • Progress on to Masters programmes at our Newcastle or London campuses
  • Part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
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Course information

Level of study: Pre-Masters – NQF Level 6
Fee: £12,500 (International)
Leads to: Postgraduate degrees in Business, Mass Communications, Computing and Information Technology
Entry requirements: Minimum of a third class, pass or ordinary degree from a UK university, or equivalent
English language requirements: IELTS 5.5 with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent
Minimum age: 21 years
Duration: 2 semesters
Class hours per week: 20-24 hours per week (1st semester), 16-18 hours per week (2nd semester)
Assessment methods: Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries: Available
Payment plan: Not available
Starts: May (London only), September, January 2019
Next application deadline: TBC
About this course

What will I study?

The Graduate Diploma is taught over a 2 semester period and offers both integrated English language development for business as well as subject specific modules, building your core English communication skills and your understanding of business.

You will study 3 language based modules which focus on key skills and your language development to prepare you for the following business-focused modules that build your subject specific knowledge and understanding.

By successfully completing these modules you will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence required to study successfully on our Masters programmes.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is taught using a range of methods, including: lectures, seminars, and tutorials. The lectures and seminars are interactive to help you understand how to apply the theory into practice and we use a range of materials and case studies to support your learning.

Throughout the course you will be expected to spend time on independent study through self-directed learning. You will have access to the University’s online electronic learning portal (Blackboard) where you will be able to access a range of learning materials to support your learning.

Each module of study is assessed by coursework assignments or end-of-module exams or both.

This course is available both at our Newcastle Campus and our London Campus and offers the opportunity to progress on to Masters programmes running at either of our campuses. Find out more about our London Campus here.

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Which courses can I go on to study?

Studying our Graduate Diploma is the ideal preparation for studying one of our postgraduate programmes.

Upon successful completion and subject to specific entry requirements, you can go on to study the following postgraduate degrees in Newcastle:

Your target course Graduate Diploma pass mark required
MSc Business with Entrepreneurship 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Financial Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Hospitality and Tourism Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Human Resource Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with International Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Marketing Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Computing and Information Technology 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc International Development 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc International Sport Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Mass Communication Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Project Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Psychology 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MA TESOL 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5 (plus a demonstration of a keen interest to teach English to speakers of other languages)

 

For those hoping to experience student life in another of the UK’s cities, you will also be able to progress on to the following courses at our London Campus:

Your target course Graduate Certificate pass mark required
MA Design Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Financial Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Financial Management with Advanced Practice 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with International Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Marketing Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Business with Marketing Management with Advanced Practice 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Computing and Information Technology 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Digital Marketing 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5
MSc Mass Communication Management 50% and grades AAAA in English or IELTS 6.5

 

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Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • A pass degree, this may also be known as an ordinary degree, a degree without honours in England, in Scotland an ordinary degree is a three year degree pass. If you have studied in England, this will be a third class degree.

Depending on your chosen degree course, specific subject requirements may apply. Our team will be able to help confirm the details for you.

For other country specific entry requirements, please check our Entry Requirements. Alternatively, please contact our team who will be able to help you.

English language requirements:

Students require IELTS 5.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent.

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All modules on this course are core.

Please note that the module codes vary between Newcastle (NX and EF) and London (LD) campuses.

This module aims to develop core business knowledge while developing a range of academic skills in speaking and listening to prepare students to be able to access academic lectures, find appropriate methods to organise the academic content and respond critically to arguments and points put forward.

The module will use recorded academic lectures based upon core business topics. Students will learn how to identify key information and how they could work with complex language and concepts delivered orally.

Students will also learn how to discuss ideas critically in seminar discussions and how to maximise their own learning from the interaction with others – a key skill at postgraduate level. Presenting ideas and creating a coherent argument for both discussions and individual presentations are taught to prepare students for the assessment types they will face at postgraduate level and to build upon initial thinking to developing a coherent line of reasoning and opening this up for debate.

This module aims to develop core business knowledge while developing a range of academic skills in reading and writing to prepare students to be able to access texts, develop coherent and suitable academic arguments and produce writing suitable for postgraduate study.

The module will use authentic texts such as journal article papers and help develop strategies for reading and understanding arguments from complex language and ideas. Students will learn how to use these texts to form part of an academic argument by producing suitable written responses. The summative assessment is by a portfolio of activities that enable the reading and writing skills of a student within an academic programme to be evaluated. There are opportunities for formative assessment and feedback within session tasks.

 

This module aims to develop key elements of understanding student’s lexical and grammatical range of language and ability to both reflect and build on these. The module will focus on developing the students’ key awareness of lexical range and encourage students to develop their active range of both general and academic vocabulary from the Academic Word List (AWL).

Areas of grammar and lexis will help students in the full range of other modules on the Graduate Diploma as this is often an area than requires its own focus. The reflection element will take the form of a portfolio of work, research and evidence of learning over the duration of the module. The aim of the module is to better equip students to understand strengths and weaknesses of their current language abilities and to understand how they can develop their language.

This module develops student’s ability to critically analyse journal articles and texts. It encourages critical debate and analysis – two crucial skills at postgraduate level.

The module covers the following skills: researching information, analysing relevance of source materials, compiling a relevant literature review and understanding the requirements of academic referencing and more complex integration of citations/sources. In addition to this, student will learn to develop critical writing in response to texts and analyse more critically.

All of these elements are considered in the specific context of business and management to allow students to enhance their knowledge in this area, develop their vocabulary and understand how to apply theory to practice.

Students will be introduced to the complexities of the business environment and the various approaches to strategic management that can be used by firms to compete and survive in an international and dynamic environment.

This module covers a wide range of areas including; the strategic position of the organisation, evaluating financial data and organisational reports, critically analysing business models, logistics, leadership, business ethics, marketing, managing strategic change and evaluating organisational performance.

 

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Tuition fee 2017/18

International students: £12,500

Tuition fee 2018/19

International students: £13,500

Programme bursary for international students

If you are an international student and choose to study the Graduate Diploma in Business, you will be eligible for our programme bursary.

Available programme bursary: £1,000

Our bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

How to find out more

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How to apply

When you are ready, you can apply online to study the Graduate Diploma in Business. Applying online allows you to upload all of your supporting documents and you will automatically receive your student application number.

When applying you will need to choose the postgraduate degree course that you intend to progress on to after your Graduate Diploma and you must state this on the application form.

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If you are accepted you will receive one offer letter for the Graduate Diploma followed by the appropriate degree programme. Once you have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma and achieved the required grades, you can gain direct admission on to your chosen degree at Northumbria.

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving your offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol on to your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to pathway.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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Dates and fees

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We run start dates throughout the year depending on your chosen course. Check our application deadlines, tuition fees and payment plans we offer here.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We accept applications from students from across the world on to our pathway programmes. You can check our local country-specific entry requirements here.

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