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Created in partnership with Northumbria University and the Amsterdam University of AppliedSciences (AUAS), our joint Global Sustainable Business Management Master’s course focuses on developing skills and knowledge needed to improve global, sustainable business practice.

Available to those from any undergraduate background, steered by the 17 sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations, this course is led by academics with expertise in teaching and research from both AUAS and Northumbria University.

As part of this Masters, you will develop specialist knowledge in essential business management concepts that will enable you to understand how organisations operate on a global scale. You will evaluate external environments and gain an understanding of techniques to manage sustainability and encourage responsible decision-making. You will also identify ways to manage and develop competitive advantage via the global value chain.

During the course, there is the opportunity to do a real-life Consultancy Project, offered as an alternative to the Masters’ Dissertation providing “real-world” project experience. Whereby, you will collaborate work with clients based local to Amsterdam and work towards the requirements of the client, providing a project report and formal presentation.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
1 Year Full-Time



September 2020

Fee Information




Our teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, workshops, master classes and field visits. As this is a Masters course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection. All modules will be taught in English.

You’ll undertake a final Masters level research project that will hone your skills in evaluating and applying research techniques and methodologies. The topic of the project will reflect your own unique interests.

Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include assignments, written reports, exams, group presentations and debates.

Module workload

AT7021: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

AT7022: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

AT7023: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

AT7024: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

AT7025: The student workload for this module is 39 hours per week

AT7026: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

AT7027: The student workload for this module is 13 hours per week

For full module information, please see the 'Modules Overview' tab below.

You’ll be taught by tutors whose wealth of practitioner and research expertise adds to the richness of the delivery of the course. Their expertise, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The high quality of Northumbria’s research in Information Sciences is shown by the fact that 90% of our research impact has been judged to have very considerable reach and significance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners via guest lectures and master classes.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material. You’ll have access to industry-standard software such as Microsoft Project, IBM SPSS and NVivo.

You will have remote access to the University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010. It has excellent digital resources with over 100 databases for independent learning as well as half a million electronic books.

As a Masters student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will support you in your final independent research project, where you choose to produce either a research paper or a dissertation. Your supervisor will provide guidance from its development through to completion.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Your project-based learning will benefit from the research activities of the teaching team.

Our specialist interests include information management, process improvement strategies, lean production, project-driven organisations, innovation diffusion, 4D planning and scheduling, and construction project management. Northumbria University is particularly known for working on Building Information Management (BIM).

The course meets a particular need for professional training in project management. Many of the modules involve field visits and guest lectures, allowing you to understand the processes being used to manage construction projects and to talk with experienced managers. This will give you extra insights that increase your competitive edge.

The course has the additional benefit of being accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s largest professional body for project managers.

When it comes to applying for jobs, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

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International qualifications: 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit
English Language requirements: 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: TBC

Full EU Fee: TBC

Full International Fee: TBC


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