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The first intake for this course is Sept 2021/22.

Subject to validation. 

Every future business leader needs a good understanding of global business issues and dynamics. Our BSc (Hons) in International Business Management with French will provide you with the theory and practice to make management decisions in rapidly changing environments. 

This fascinating course provides specialist business and management education that is deeply international in focus. You’ll gain skills and knowledge across a range of business functions, all with a global orientation, to develop an understanding of real-world business decisions and actions that transcend borders. 

You’ll also have the chance to study or work for a year in a different country. Your one-year studying abroad or work placement will see you living in a French-speaking country – a life-changing experience that builds both self-confidence and cultural awareness. So not only will you graduate with a business-relevant international degree from an award-winning business school, you’ll also be fluent in a second language which is highly attractive to prospective employers. 

The relevance, rigour and internationalisation of the course has been tested through the EPAS accreditation process. It’s also covered by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Newcastle Business School. 

What’s more, when you study at Northumbria you’ll be part of a leading, business-focused university. We rank 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017) 

Our students rate us highly too – 95% said that were satisfied with their course (National Student Survey, 2016). 

The first intake for this course is Sept 2021/22.

Subject to validation. 

Every future business leader needs a good understanding of global business issues and dynamics. Our BSc (Hons) in International Business Management with French will provide you with the theory and practice to make management decisions in rapidly changing environments. 

This fascinating course provides specialist business and management education that is deeply international in focus. You’ll gain skills and knowledge across a range of business functions, all with a global orientation, to develop an understanding of real-world business decisions and actions that transcend borders. 

You’ll also have the chance to study or work for a year in a different country. Your one-year studying abroad or work placement will see you living in a French-speaking country – a life-changing experience that builds both self-confidence and cultural awareness. So not only will you graduate with a business-relevant international degree from an award-winning business school, you’ll also be fluent in a second language which is highly attractive to prospective employers. 

The relevance, rigour and internationalisation of the course has been tested through the EPAS accreditation process. It’s also covered by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for Newcastle Business School. 

What’s more, when you study at Northumbria you’ll be part of a leading, business-focused university. We rank 4th in the sector nationally and top in the North East for further study, sustained employment or both for Business and Admin Studies graduates five years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017) 

Our students rate us highly too – 95% said that were satisfied with their course (National Student Survey, 2016). 

Course Information

UCAS Code
N185

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
4 Years Full Time with a Placement (Sandwich)/Study Abroad

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.

Sustainability

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Business Management with French. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your studies begin with an introduction to the global business environment, key marketing principles and financial decision-making, before diving deeper into diverse topics including creativity and innovation, the digital economy, emerging economies and strategic management and internationalisation. 

You’ll learn through techniques that include problem-based learning in the experiential based modules. These address challenges from the real world of business, giving you the opportunity to develop your own approach and come up with viable solutions. 
 
Academics will support you through all taught sessions, as well as when you’re planning your independent study time. In your fourth year, you have a choice. You can write a dissertation, for which we’ll encourage you to follow your own interests related to international business and management, and answer a relevant research question. Or, you can be part of a student group undertaking a consultancy project on a real-world, client-based problem supported by the Faculty’s Business Clinic. 
 
During the four years of your course, you’ll be assessed through exams, written assignments and reports, as well as individual and group presentations. Your tutors will explain in detail how the marking works before you tackle your assignment. That way you’ll fully understand what’s expected of you before you start. 

Book an Open Day / Experience International Business Management with French BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Business Management with French. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. Our business staff include Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, a lecturer who has been nominated Northumbria Students’ Union Best Lecturer Award three years running and lecturers who have taught at universities all over the world. 

The School’s teaching team is always looking to explore new fields of knowledge and generate ground-breaking concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014. 

Book an Open Day / Experience International Business Management with French BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Business Management with French. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

At Newcastle Business School you’ll experience a first-class education in a world-class environment. From our social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. For example, the 24/7 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. 

We’re also committed to helping you make the most of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) by embedding it throughout the course. Tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists are there to help you efficiently and thoroughly prepare for seminars and independent research. Lecture capture software means you can revise previously lectured material online in your time, as well as at your speed.  

There are plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice through volunteering, internships and placements. This includes the Business Clinic that enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses. 

Business Facilities

Newcastle Business School delivers first class teaching in a world class environment.

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University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience International Business Management with French BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Business Management with French. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

At Northumbria, we take an enquiry-based, problem-solving approach, encouraging you to develop research skills like information literacy, sampling, statistical reporting and surveying. In the final year you’ll undertake a significant investigatory task that can be either a dissertation or consultancy project.  

Throughout the course your learning will be directly informed by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects, as well as our three signature research themes that include digital business, strategic innovation and entrepreneurial leadership, and responsible business. Specific areas of research include financial crime, corporate reporting, social entrepreneurship, business ethics, economic development, emerging mobile technology and post-recession business strategy. 

Research / Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School (NBS) is the 8th most improved Business School in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) National Assessment.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study International Business Management with French. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Employability is at the heart of our Business courses – with every module building the transferable skills you’ll need to move into graduate employment. In your first and second year, you’ll study modules in ‘Professional career development’ and ‘Managing people across borders’. Both will develop your employability and leadership potential, as well as help you plan for your career. 

What’s more, our international work placement scheme will help boost your job prospects – with graduates going on to work for global brands such as Samsung, KPMG and Disney. Further examples of recent graduate progression from this course include an Onboarding Specialist at Corsearch-owned Pointer Brand Protection, an ITO Project Manager for world-leading US IT services and solutions company DXC Technology, and the Associate Director for Trade Product Risk & Strategy at global financial institution Lloyds Banking Group. 

Alternatively, a study year abroad will not only extend your French language skills, give you international awareness and enhance your CV, but will also increase your confidence and personal development. We have well-developed links with highly-respected institutions in Europe, North America, Mexico, Hong Kong and many other countries, opening up a world of opportunities. 

By the end of this course you’ll be in an excellent position to apply for graduate training schemes and roles in large corporations such as GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Procter & Gamble, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. Recent graduates have gone on to be entrepreneurs, business managers, consultants and analysts in different global sectors – fully equipped to see the world from an insightful, international perspective. 

 

Newcastle Business School

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

128 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths, English Language and a modern European Language at minimum grade 4/C, or equivalents.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* It is anticipated that fees for 21/22 will be £9,250. EU fees status will be confirmed following confirmation from Government


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC



Scholarships and Discounts

Scholarships and Discounts have not been announced for 2021/22 entry, please use the links below as in indication of what schemes are available for 2020/21 entry.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF4038 -

Financial Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

The ‘Financial Decision Making’ module will provide you with the knowledge and numerical and problem solving skills that will greatly enhance your employability within any business environment. You will be able to assess the performance of businesses with regard to profitability, solvency, financial structure and working capital management by means of analysing and interpreting their financial statements. You will also be able to make decisions in relation to planning and control for a business as a whole, and evaluate individual projects by using investment appraisal techniques, taking into account risk and uncertainty.

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BM9403 -

Business Analysis for Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

The module will equip you with skills to help you when dealing with analytical content in future study and employment, either work placement or graduate role, with an appropriate level of understanding and proficiency in some commonly used analytical business applications. The module will provide you with a theoretical understanding of various business modelling and data-handling applications supported through practical tutor-led workshops.

You will be assessed on your understanding and proficiency in data management, analysis and presentation using appropriate tools. The assessment will aim, wherever possible, to simulate “real-world” tasks and scenarios. You will therefore be required to work on a series of tasks over the course of the semester in preparation for the final assessment.

The data-handling and interpretative skills learned on this module are directly transferable to your further academic study and working life and are vital in a wide range of graduate roles. The skills and tools identified for use in the module are based upon research and collaboration with a variety of businesses. In line with this, and to deepen your understanding of the practical content of the module, you will also be expected to engage in additional reading to aid your understanding of the importance of the use of data modelling, analysis and interpretation in both business and academic settings, thereby engaging in research-led learning.

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GA5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9409 -

Preparing for Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

SM9411 -

Global Business Environment (Core,20 Credits)

The module is comprised of three blocks of material. The three blocks are:

Globalisation
This block will cover topics such as the process of globalisation, barriers to globalisation, the benefits and costs of globalisation for business,
international trade, analysis of the external business environment, corporate social responsibility issues in the global economy, etc.
Economics
This block will focus on the market forces of supply and demand, supply and demand elasticity, government policy, gross domestic product (GDP),
the consumer price index, a macroeconomic theory of the open economy, etc.
Economic Competitiveness
Topics covered in this block include foreign market entry modes, process of foreign direct investment, analytical frameworks for assessing national
competitiveness, the risk assessment for business decisions, etc.

At the end of the module you will be able to:

1. Identify and describe the main features, trends & influences of the global business environment on international organisations.
2. Analyse various global and/or international business contexts and how these affect the strategic development of industries, markets and organisations.
3. Apply basic macro-economic theory in an international business environment and use economic analysis to examine major social and economic issues in the UK and beyond.

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SM9533 -

International Business: Growth Strategies and Resourcing (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will consider the management issues in relation to growth and resourcing for international business management. It is designed from a real world relevant point of view, and examines practical situations, with topical cases being used in seminars to highlight issues.

This module develops many of the concepts you were introduced to on the level 4 core modules “Financial Decision Making” and “International Business Environment”. In particular you will study:

• Mergers and Acquisitions including valuation issues in an international M&A context.
• Alliances, Joint Ventures and IB Networks
• Organic growth : coordination, coopetition and concentration premises
• Choosing and designing an appropriate growth strategy
• Investing in growth (investment decisions) and raising international finance
• Financial goals and corporate governance
• Investment environment volatility and international business currency
• Working capital management
• Professional and business ethical behaviour in an international financial management context.

This module will complement your studies in “Global and International Business Context” and “Performance Management”. Both of which are co-requisites of this module.

Completion of the course will ensure that you have the required knowledge to progress your studies in international business management.

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SM9538 -

Business Research and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide students with the necessary academic skills and expertise to successfully address a research problem and, using this understanding, develop and use an actionable research proposal. The module serves as critical preparation for the final level (level 6). By undertaking this module, you will become aware of aspects of these skills which are transferable to business contexts and the purpose of research in a business context. You will be able to prepare an undergraduate research proposal based on the analysis of organisational issues and practices. The module will enable you to analyse, synthesise and criticise data effectively and equip you with advanced skills in academic and business writing, and oral communication skills.

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SM9546 -

Managing People Across Borders (Core,20 Credits)

The success of firms operating in global and multicultural business environments rest upon their understanding of cross-cultural differences and how these differences can be managed. This module provides contemporary theories and evidence from practice to develop an understanding on how cultures differ, and the impact of these differences on employee and firm’s behaviour and success. In this module, the challenges of managing people across national and cultural boundaries are examined in relation to issues such as leadership, motivation, knowledge sharing, and global talent management. These issues are examined through case-based scenarios to develop your skills of theory application. The assessment involves a case-based assignment investigating the conduct of a company internationally which will develop your research and critical thinking skills. Overall, the module will help you develop an understanding of cross-cultural differences and the ability to work in multi-cultural skills which are skills valued by employers in today’s globalized world.

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SM9549 -

Strategic Frameworks and Cultural Contexts in International Management (Core,20 Credits)

The internal business and international management context is likely to be an aspirational or existing strategic frame of reference in any organisation you join. Culture as a paradigm will dominate this context but will be aligned to several other variables and concerns. These are worked in as strategic decision making frameworks derived from practice and research. They will help guide managerial decision making. Your ability to distil this to a given situation and provide coherent inputs for international management are going to hold you in a strong position and help you perform and progress in the organisation and industry you choose- going forward in your career.

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ML5029 -

Placement Abroad (assistantship) (Optional,120 Credits)

You will focus on experiential learning to enable you to develop your linguistic and employability skills whilst immersed in the culture of the host country as an integral part of this module. The placement abroad provides you with the opportunity to develop your oral and written communicative competence in French or Spanish. Living and studying or working abroad will enable you to further develop your understanding of the business, economic, political, social and cultural environment of a French or Spanish-speaking country.

The module aims to enable you to apply your linguistic competences (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in a working environment. You will extend your knowledge of more complex lexical and syntactical structures of the French or Spanish language appropriate to the business and social environment of a wide variety of sectors and disciplines. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and skills to increasingly complex situations as well as develop as an autonomous learner.

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NX9525 -

Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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NX9526 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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NX9528 -

Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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NX9529 -

Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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SM9641 -

Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

This module provides you with the opportunity to examine, in depth, a business-management challenge of direct interest and/or that vexes you within your work or social life. Following initial weekly lectures and seminar-workshops, which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research, you will work with a supervisor to identify a suitable research area, to generate empirical (primary) or secondary data, to analyse this data and to draw theoretically informed conclusions.

The module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking your individual student-led, ethical investigation, while alongside, it also aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, including: time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, analysis.

You will be assessed through two tasks: the development of an initial research proposal and the submission of a final dissertation.

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SM9644 -

Management Enquiry (Optional,40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry module aims to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate an authentic engagement with managers and/or professionals within your discipline, and to integrate the knowledge developed during your programme of study to explore theory in practice. Your learning on this module is experiential and problem-based, with a focus upon you discovering, probing, questioning and critically reflecting upon practice-based issues.

You will meet and discuss with a manager/professional within your discipline to scope an initial problem or issue that you will then explore. You will review this issue/problem, examining the depth of pre-existing academic knowledge. You will then undertake the collection/generation of primary or secondary data to probe and investigate this issue/problem more widely. Having analysed your data, you will feed-back to the participants of the Enquiry (usually the manager and/or participants) your key findings to provide clear prioritised, well-justified, practical and actionable recommendations for change/enhancement/improvement to existing practice to inform workplace decision-making.

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SM9647 -

Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

The Undergraduate Consultancy Project is innovative; the aim of the module is to provide an understanding of consultancy from the perspective of both the client and the consultant. The students will be working very closely with an external organisation on a real "live" project in order to develop the skills needed to perform the consultancy task. The associated specific aim(s), objectives and learning outcomes will be unique to each firm.

The groups of participants will meet and discuss with external organisation regarding their business model and the needs of the project in order to successfully plan and implement the live consultancy project. The groups will then produce a project plan clearly stating aims and the objectives, whilst identifying the suitable methodologies and timescales. The final project will have to be agreed with the academic supervisor and external organisation. Working closely the firms will structure and shape the project using the appropriate tools and techniques to solve the challenges of the live project. The firms will then present their implementation plan with recommendations to the external organisation.

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SM9654 -

Contemporary Issues in International Business (Core,20 Credits)

Organisations encounter strategic punctuations in their life and these in context of international business can – arguably be particularly crucial from growth and performance require focused responses. Your ability to critique organisational responses and provide recommendations/ alternative ways forward is likely to be highly valued. In this module you will gain an exposure to doing so over a range of examples and cases in international business management.

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SM9655 -

International Business and Innovation (Core,20 Credits)

‘Why doing business internationally’ and ‘how to manage international business (IB) innovatively’ are the key issues to be considered by international business participants (e.g. Dyson, Apple). This module provides students a great opportunity to develop their knowledge of key issues in IB domain, including location choice, competitive advantages of multinational enterprises, and innovative strategy in the context of IB. As a level 6 module, high quality journal articles published in top IB journals are introduced into the standard lectures. For seminar activities, carefully selected case studies are utilised to help students understand IB business practices in different industries. As a popular module and well received by students, it has been delivered in our London Campus, international partner in Sri Lanka. By completing this module, students will not only strengthen their IB related knowledge, but also their research and analytical skills that are crucial employment skills for their future career development.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AF4038 -

Financial Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

The ‘Financial Decision Making’ module will provide you with the knowledge and numerical and problem solving skills that will greatly enhance your employability within any business environment. You will be able to assess the performance of businesses with regard to profitability, solvency, financial structure and working capital management by means of analysing and interpreting their financial statements. You will also be able to make decisions in relation to planning and control for a business as a whole, and evaluate individual projects by using investment appraisal techniques, taking into account risk and uncertainty.

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BM9403 -

Business Analysis for Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

The module will equip you with skills to help you when dealing with analytical content in future study and employment, either work placement or graduate role, with an appropriate level of understanding and proficiency in some commonly used analytical business applications. The module will provide you with a theoretical understanding of various business modelling and data-handling applications supported through practical tutor-led workshops.

You will be assessed on your understanding and proficiency in data management, analysis and presentation using appropriate tools. The assessment will aim, wherever possible, to simulate “real-world” tasks and scenarios. You will therefore be required to work on a series of tasks over the course of the semester in preparation for the final assessment.

The data-handling and interpretative skills learned on this module are directly transferable to your further academic study and working life and are vital in a wide range of graduate roles. The skills and tools identified for use in the module are based upon research and collaboration with a variety of businesses. In line with this, and to deepen your understanding of the practical content of the module, you will also be expected to engage in additional reading to aid your understanding of the importance of the use of data modelling, analysis and interpretation in both business and academic settings, thereby engaging in research-led learning.

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GA5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Newcastle Business School (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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HR9409 -

Preparing for Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

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SM9411 -

Global Business Environment (Core,20 Credits)

The module is comprised of three blocks of material. The three blocks are:

Globalisation
This block will cover topics such as the process of globalisation, barriers to globalisation, the benefits and costs of globalisation for business,
international trade, analysis of the external business environment, corporate social responsibility issues in the global economy, etc.
Economics
This block will focus on the market forces of supply and demand, supply and demand elasticity, government policy, gross domestic product (GDP),
the consumer price index, a macroeconomic theory of the open economy, etc.
Economic Competitiveness
Topics covered in this block include foreign market entry modes, process of foreign direct investment, analytical frameworks for assessing national
competitiveness, the risk assessment for business decisions, etc.

At the end of the module you will be able to:

1. Identify and describe the main features, trends & influences of the global business environment on international organisations.
2. Analyse various global and/or international business contexts and how these affect the strategic development of industries, markets and organisations.
3. Apply basic macro-economic theory in an international business environment and use economic analysis to examine major social and economic issues in the UK and beyond.

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SM9533 -

International Business: Growth Strategies and Resourcing (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will consider the management issues in relation to growth and resourcing for international business management. It is designed from a real world relevant point of view, and examines practical situations, with topical cases being used in seminars to highlight issues.

This module develops many of the concepts you were introduced to on the level 4 core modules “Financial Decision Making” and “International Business Environment”. In particular you will study:

• Mergers and Acquisitions including valuation issues in an international M&A context.
• Alliances, Joint Ventures and IB Networks
• Organic growth : coordination, coopetition and concentration premises
• Choosing and designing an appropriate growth strategy
• Investing in growth (investment decisions) and raising international finance
• Financial goals and corporate governance
• Investment environment volatility and international business currency
• Working capital management
• Professional and business ethical behaviour in an international financial management context.

This module will complement your studies in “Global and International Business Context” and “Performance Management”. Both of which are co-requisites of this module.

Completion of the course will ensure that you have the required knowledge to progress your studies in international business management.

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SM9538 -

Business Research and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide students with the necessary academic skills and expertise to successfully address a research problem and, using this understanding, develop and use an actionable research proposal. The module serves as critical preparation for the final level (level 6). By undertaking this module, you will become aware of aspects of these skills which are transferable to business contexts and the purpose of research in a business context. You will be able to prepare an undergraduate research proposal based on the analysis of organisational issues and practices. The module will enable you to analyse, synthesise and criticise data effectively and equip you with advanced skills in academic and business writing, and oral communication skills.

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SM9546 -

Managing People Across Borders (Core,20 Credits)

The success of firms operating in global and multicultural business environments rest upon their understanding of cross-cultural differences and how these differences can be managed. This module provides contemporary theories and evidence from practice to develop an understanding on how cultures differ, and the impact of these differences on employee and firm’s behaviour and success. In this module, the challenges of managing people across national and cultural boundaries are examined in relation to issues such as leadership, motivation, knowledge sharing, and global talent management. These issues are examined through case-based scenarios to develop your skills of theory application. The assessment involves a case-based assignment investigating the conduct of a company internationally which will develop your research and critical thinking skills. Overall, the module will help you develop an understanding of cross-cultural differences and the ability to work in multi-cultural skills which are skills valued by employers in today’s globalized world.

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SM9549 -

Strategic Frameworks and Cultural Contexts in International Management (Core,20 Credits)

The internal business and international management context is likely to be an aspirational or existing strategic frame of reference in any organisation you join. Culture as a paradigm will dominate this context but will be aligned to several other variables and concerns. These are worked in as strategic decision making frameworks derived from practice and research. They will help guide managerial decision making. Your ability to distil this to a given situation and provide coherent inputs for international management are going to hold you in a strong position and help you perform and progress in the organisation and industry you choose- going forward in your career.

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ML5029 -

Placement Abroad (assistantship) (Optional,120 Credits)

You will focus on experiential learning to enable you to develop your linguistic and employability skills whilst immersed in the culture of the host country as an integral part of this module. The placement abroad provides you with the opportunity to develop your oral and written communicative competence in French or Spanish. Living and studying or working abroad will enable you to further develop your understanding of the business, economic, political, social and cultural environment of a French or Spanish-speaking country.

The module aims to enable you to apply your linguistic competences (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in a working environment. You will extend your knowledge of more complex lexical and syntactical structures of the French or Spanish language appropriate to the business and social environment of a wide variety of sectors and disciplines. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and skills to increasingly complex situations as well as develop as an autonomous learner.

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NX9525 -

Newcastle Business School Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a full year 120 credit module available on degree courses which include a work placement year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. The placement consists of 48 weeks of full time work experience in a host organisation which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University.

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NX9526 -

Newcastle Business School Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 120 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. At the end of the module you will have adapted to and appreciated a different cultural and learning environment and developed ability. You will have developed your interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as a result of your learning in an international environment.

This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Study Abroad Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University.

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Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Work Placement Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester long work placement. The placement consists of a period of full time work experience in a host organisation equivalent to a full semester of study which is relevant to your studies.

The placement is an important element of your course structure and it will provide you with the opportunity to:

• Experience the environment of a real workplace which will help you decide the type of career you would like to follow after graduation
• Develop your organisational and interpersonal skills required to enable you to work efficiently as a member of a team
• Acquire and develop relevant technical skills associated with the nature of your work
• Identify, analyse and discuss with experienced practitioners how theoretical concepts are adapted and applied to suit practical requirements
• Apply knowledge that will help you to plan and evaluate future study and career development.


This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to your degree classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the training agreement signed by you, the placement provider, and the University. Combining this with the study abroad semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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NX9529 -

Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

On this module you will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the Erasmus+ exchange scheme, or at an approved partner University elsewhere equivalent to 60 credits (30 ECTS).

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

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SM9641 -

Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)

This module provides you with the opportunity to examine, in depth, a business-management challenge of direct interest and/or that vexes you within your work or social life. Following initial weekly lectures and seminar-workshops, which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research, you will work with a supervisor to identify a suitable research area, to generate empirical (primary) or secondary data, to analyse this data and to draw theoretically informed conclusions.

The module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking your individual student-led, ethical investigation, while alongside, it also aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, including: time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, analysis.

You will be assessed through two tasks: the development of an initial research proposal and the submission of a final dissertation.

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SM9644 -

Management Enquiry (Optional,40 Credits)

The Management Enquiry module aims to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate an authentic engagement with managers and/or professionals within your discipline, and to integrate the knowledge developed during your programme of study to explore theory in practice. Your learning on this module is experiential and problem-based, with a focus upon you discovering, probing, questioning and critically reflecting upon practice-based issues.

You will meet and discuss with a manager/professional within your discipline to scope an initial problem or issue that you will then explore. You will review this issue/problem, examining the depth of pre-existing academic knowledge. You will then undertake the collection/generation of primary or secondary data to probe and investigate this issue/problem more widely. Having analysed your data, you will feed-back to the participants of the Enquiry (usually the manager and/or participants) your key findings to provide clear prioritised, well-justified, practical and actionable recommendations for change/enhancement/improvement to existing practice to inform workplace decision-making.

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SM9647 -

Undergraduate Consultancy Project (Optional,40 Credits)

The Undergraduate Consultancy Project is innovative; the aim of the module is to provide an understanding of consultancy from the perspective of both the client and the consultant. The students will be working very closely with an external organisation on a real "live" project in order to develop the skills needed to perform the consultancy task. The associated specific aim(s), objectives and learning outcomes will be unique to each firm.

The groups of participants will meet and discuss with external organisation regarding their business model and the needs of the project in order to successfully plan and implement the live consultancy project. The groups will then produce a project plan clearly stating aims and the objectives, whilst identifying the suitable methodologies and timescales. The final project will have to be agreed with the academic supervisor and external organisation. Working closely the firms will structure and shape the project using the appropriate tools and techniques to solve the challenges of the live project. The firms will then present their implementation plan with recommendations to the external organisation.

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SM9654 -

Contemporary Issues in International Business (Core,20 Credits)

Organisations encounter strategic punctuations in their life and these in context of international business can – arguably be particularly crucial from growth and performance require focused responses. Your ability to critique organisational responses and provide recommendations/ alternative ways forward is likely to be highly valued. In this module you will gain an exposure to doing so over a range of examples and cases in international business management.

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SM9655 -

International Business and Innovation (Core,20 Credits)

‘Why doing business internationally’ and ‘how to manage international business (IB) innovatively’ are the key issues to be considered by international business participants (e.g. Dyson, Apple). This module provides students a great opportunity to develop their knowledge of key issues in IB domain, including location choice, competitive advantages of multinational enterprises, and innovative strategy in the context of IB. As a level 6 module, high quality journal articles published in top IB journals are introduced into the standard lectures. For seminar activities, carefully selected case studies are utilised to help students understand IB business practices in different industries. As a popular module and well received by students, it has been delivered in our London Campus, international partner in Sri Lanka. By completing this module, students will not only strengthen their IB related knowledge, but also their research and analytical skills that are crucial employment skills for their future career development.

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