Level of study: Pre-Masters
Fee: £11,500 (International)
Entry requirements: Minimum of a third class pass or ordinary degree from a UK university or equivalent
Mode of study: Full-time classroom
Assessment methods: Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries: Available
Student finance: Not available
Payment plan: Not available
Starts: January May September
Next application deadline: TBC
The Graduate Diploma in Business will support you in managing the transition into one of our postgraduate degrees. The programme offers both integrated English language development for business as well as subject specific modules, designed to give you a detailed understanding and knowledge of how business works.
The first 3 language based modules for the Graduate Diploma focus on key skills and language development to provide you with a strong foundation of English for academic purposes. As you progress to Semester 2, our business modules will provide you with a detailed understanding and knowledge of how business works and will teach you the skills and confidence required to study successfully on our Masters programmes.
- Northumbria University’s business faculty (Newcastle Business School) is in the top 1% worldwide after being awarded the double AACSB accreditation
- Build your English language and academic skills to gain entry onto a Masters programme
- Choose whether to progress onto a postgraduate programmes at our London campus, or if you wish to experience another vibrant student city, you can study a whole range of postgraduate programmes at our main campus in Newcastle.
About this course
What will I study?
The first 3 modules (Communicative Skills for Business in Listening and Speaking, Communicative Skills for Business in Reading and Writing and Applied Language Development) will help you to develop core English communication skills using both leading English for Academic Purposes textbooks and the type of authentic materials such as lectures and journal articles used in the later 2 modules: Business and Management in Context and Developing Academic Skills for Business and Management.
By successfully completing these modules you will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence required to study successfully on our Masters programmes.
During the course of this programme you will have access to the interventions currently offered to all undergraduate Newcastle Business School students that seek to develop a range of attitudes and attributes that will put you in a competitive position when entering the job market.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is taught using a range of methods, including: lectures, seminars, and tutorials.
Each module of study is assessed by coursework assignments, end-of-module examinations, or both.
The Graduate Diploma in Business is specifically for students who want to progress on to one of our Masters in Business programmes, but don’t yet meet the entry requirement.
Upon successful completion of the course (subject to a minimum pass mark) you will be guaranteed a place on one of our Masters in Business programmes at either campus.
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Applicants should have the following:
Academic entry requirements
- A minimum of a pass or ordinary degree from a UK university or equivalent.
If you don’t meet the academic entry requirements
Professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree may also be accepted. We recommend that you register your interest with our team and we will be able to advise on whether your qualifications will gain entry to this programme.
All modules on this course are core.
LD0325 – Developing Academic Skills for Business and Management (20 credits)
LD0326 – Business and Management in Context (40 credits)
LD0600 – Communicative Skills for Business in Speaking and Listening (20 credits)
LD0601 – Communicative Skills for Business in Reading and Writing (20 credits)
LD0602 – Applied Language Development (20 credits)
Fees and finance
Tuition fee: £11,500
Bursaries for international students
If you are an international student and choose to study the Graduate Diploma in Business at our London campus, 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 apply or find out more
How to find out more
Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.
How to apply
Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the Graduate Diploma. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number. Please note: when applying to study on the Graduate Diploma you will need to indicate which course you intend to progress on to once you have completed the programme.
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 course. After receiving an 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 onto 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 admin.
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
- Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable
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