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Course or Programme

To start off, it may help to explain that it is typical in the UK to use either of the terms 'course' and 'programme', as meaning the same thing - the complete (entire) programme of study which leads to a qualification.

Throughout this section, we will aim to use the term 'course'.

Course Search Tips

All courses are listed on our Course Search facility.

When using the ‘Advanced Search’, further filter options (mode of study, start date etc) are displayed by clicking one of the options for ‘Course Type’.

Academic Department will allow you to browse courses within each section by subject area, as well as find detailed information on each department.

January Courses

Most courses start in September, however some are also offered in January.

The duration of some of our postgraduate courses is often longer when starting in January because there are two summer vacations in the time period, but the tuition fee is the same as starting in September.

Distance Learning Courses

We offer a huge range of courses via distance learning.

Distance Learning FAQs can be found here.

Top Up (or 'Completion')

Students who have completed the first two years of a UK degree (or equivalent) or hold HND can be considered for a one year ‘Top Up’ (also known as ‘Completion’) course in the same subject.

Advanced Entry

Many of our undergraduate degree courses are able to consider students who have successfully completed 120 credits (or the equivalent) in the same subject at another university, for advanced entry to Year 2.

Some undergraduate degree courses may be able to consider Final Year entry, where a student has successfully completed 240 credits (or the equivalent) in the same subject at another university.

We also have a number of articulation agreements with partner universities across the world, which allow students to transfer their credits to specific programmes.

Other requirements must also be met when considering students for advanced entry, so a full application complete with transcripts from the student’s current course is always required.

Final Year entry cannot be considered for courses that carry professional accreditation.

Two Year (240 Credit) Masters Options

For many students from around the world, one of the attractive features of postgraduate education in the UK is that it is usually possible to complete a masters degree in one year rather than two.

All MSc courses offered in Newcastle Business School and most MSc courses in Faculty of Engineering and Environment now offer the opportunity to extend the duration to two years, allowing students to supplement their qualification with an extra semester leading to a 240 Credit Masters Degree.

The two year versions include one additional semester, but also allow time for a summer vacation rather than nonstop study. This can be a useful time for travelling, gaining some work experience or just relaxing and refreshing.

The additional semester can be used in one of three ways: 


We will endeavour to help those who prefer this option to find and secure a suitable position with one of the many companies/industries with which we have close links.

Ultimately we are in the hands of the employers who are free to decide who they take into their organisation.

Students who have completed internships have a significantly greater chance of achieving high grades and getting higher paid jobs on graduation. 

Research or Business Clinic, depending on the subject area

Business students can opt to work in the Newcastle Business School Business Clinic providing a consultancy service to local businesses. This gives a fantastic opportunity to put into practice some of the skills and knowledge acquired during the taught part of the course. 

Engineering and Environment students can opt to be assigned to one of our Research Groups, including:

  • Architecture and Built Environment
  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Engineering, Physics and Materials
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Library and Information Management
  • Mathematics and Astrophysics

There is every possibility that you may contribute to published research and therefore you may be named as part of the research team, which would be a great start to a research career.

With either of these options, in the fourth and final semester, students complete the Masters Consultancy Project that builds on the practice in the third semester.

Study Abroad

One of the key challenges facing any student is how to compete in the job market with graduates around the world who are also trying to ignite their career. We know from experience and talking to employers that international awareness is a key differentiator. Many of our students have already taken the first step by travelling hundreds or thousands of miles to study in an unfamiliar environment.

However the international exchange option takes that to the next level.

We have exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including partners in Europe, Asia, South America and Oceania that will give students the opportunity to create a truly unique selling proposition to future employers.

The semester abroad will be taught in English and students following this option will complete the Masters dissertation in the final semester. 

Note that this option may require students to obtain a visa for study in the other country

These courses will be designated “with Advanced Practice” or “with Study Abroad” and that will be reflected in the title of the final award.

Second Specialism option for some Business Masters Courses 

An additional alternative on a few selected business courses is to add a second specialism into the course.

Business with International Management and Finance MSc

Business with International Management and Marketing MSc

Business with Management and Marketing MSc

Pathway & Pre-Masters Programmes

Our range of Foundation Programmes and Pre-Masters are designed to help bridge the gap between a student's current academic and English level and their chosen route of study.

Find out more here.

London Campus

Whether looking for a full-time or part-time programme, students can choose from a range of Business, Computing, Cyber, Project Management and Technology focused programmes at our London Campus.

Find out more here.

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