About this course
Please note that the last intake to the first year of this course was in the academic year beginning in September 2015. The course has since been revalidated, and if you are interested in starting the first year in 2016/17 or later please follow this link to the latest version.
However, we are still considering applications for from suitably qualified applicants who may want to begin their studies in the second year. Please contact Admissions for advice.
Are you already in a job and looking for a distance learning business course that relates academic studies to your current workplace? This course will broaden your understanding of leadership and enhance your prospects for promotion in management positions.
Much of your learning will be integrated with your day-to-day work for your employer. The distance learning materials will be supported by optional workshop sessions.
The approach used by the course is highly effective. Six months after the course, 95% of those in work are in a professional or managerial job. The most common job types are managers, directors and senior officials.
The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. We’re also undergoing a full re-accreditation process with EPAS who require some of the highest levels of relevance, rigour and internationalisation.
Learn from the best
Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.
Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new 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. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.
Teaching and Assessment
This is a distance learning course and you will study a range of self-supported materials that cover key topics and themes. Much of your learning will take place in your workplace as you analyse current practice and work on projects that have value for both your studies and your employer.
Assessments will be integrated with your learning experience, providing direction in terms of what and how you will learn. Feedback from tutors will help you to continually improve. Assessment methods will include reflective journals, business reports and presentations.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists. Access to tutors will be through email, telephone and other methods of communication that are convenient for both you and them.
Throughout the course you’ll have access to all the exceptional facilities of Northumbria University. There is also an excellent library that was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015. As a distance learner you’ll have online access to the library and its collection of half a million electronic books and fifty thousand electronic journals. You will be able to take advantage of these resources at any time or place where you have an internet connection.
Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Our rigorous approach to topics requires the acquisition of research skills like information literacy, sampling and statistical reporting.
Once we’ve introduced you to research methodologies and critical approaches you’ll apply them within your workplace learning. In each year of the course you’ll increase the amount of self-reflection, academic rigour and intellectual ambition in your learning activities. In your third year you’ll undertake a major project that will bring together everything you’ll have learnt up to that point, and which will consolidate your new research and practical skills.
Your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist subjects. Newcastle Business School was the eighth most improved business school in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Give your career an edge
Given that you’ll already have a job when you apply for this course, the focus will be on improving your promotion prospects within your current workplace and making you a more valuable employee. The course is about developing your understanding of business, your personal capability and your leadership potential.
By the end of the course you’ll not only have an honours degree but also a portfolio of work-based learning activities that demonstrate self-reflection and self-development. These activities are underpinned by Northumbria University’s Employability and Leadership Framework that’s designed to maximise your workplace contribution and enhance your future career prospects.
Newcastle Business School will provide further support for your employability through the Careers and Employment Service, which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.
On graduation you’ll be a business professional with the necessary skills and experience to be an even more valuable employee within your workplace. The most common job types of our graduates six months after finishing the course are: managers, directors and senior officials (40%), and business and public service associate professionals (25%) – according to Unistats 2015.
If you decide to start your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.
The course will also prepare you for further study at postgraduate level. Northumbria offers Masters courses like Business with Entrepreneurship MSc.
Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the competitive edge of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.