MBA

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About this course 2018/19

Our MBA has been developed to meet the needs of professionals who strive for excellence in performance in an increasingly globalised and fast-changing environment and want to take the next step in their career.

You will emerge as a highly capable professional grounded in key areas of business administration with a thorough and dynamic approach to tackling complex businesses challenges.  You will also have strong capabilities in emerging organisational trends and business issues which are reflected in the research strengths of Newcastle Business School.

Our MBA is founded on the principles of experiential learning and as such, you will reflect on real-world business problems, experience hands-on projects, connect with industry leaders, and engage in transformational professional development. You will also have the opportunity to form networks with other business leaders both in the UK and internationally.

By studying our MBA, you will not only gain an internationally recognised and prestigious qualification but you will also embark on a personal development journey that transforms you into a reflective, innovative and socially responsible strategic leader with the appropriate skills to think critically and make informed decisions.

Learn from the best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best management education in the UK. You will learn from staff who have real-world management experience as well as an international reputation for research. 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.

The MBA programme is led by Director for Learning and Teaching Dr Jenny Davidson and Programme Leader Dr Nicola Patterson. It has been developed in partnership with Professor John Blenkinsopp, Professor Jackie Harvey, Professor Fraser McLeay, Professor Yu Xiong, Professor Jamie CallaghanProfessor Ignazio Cabras, Professor Ron Beadle, Professor David Wainwright and Professor Jason Whalley.

Teaching and Assessment

Recognising the busy lifestyles of our learners, our MBA is offered in a range of delivery modes and is taught in three stages that allow for the achievement of lower-level awards should you need to defer or exit from your studies; these lower level awards comprise a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration.  

The MBA programme begins with the course induction where you will be introduced to the programme team and get to know your fellow students. This bespoke residential will enable you to explore your development needs, bond with your peers and lay the foundations for the MBA programme.

You will be encouraged to draw on your own professional experiences throughout this interactive programme. Using your own organisation, or an industry partner, as a vehicle for learning will enable you to demonstrate impact and effectiveness as a business leader.

Teaching is delivered through a series of teaching blocks, which will include workshop activities, case discussions and practical activities. These are supported by tutor-led directed learning. In addition, you will be expected to take part in student led study. We understand the demands of combining study with a busy professional life and provide a blended learning approach that allows you to view all learning materials online, along with useful extra resources.

You will hear from our leading academics, industry practitioners and partners, guest speakers and alumni throughout the programme and gain access to the very latest business thinking.

You will have the opportunity to conduct your own research either through a Management Investigation within your own organisation or a consultancy project through our Business Clinic.

The modules making up this programme employ a range of assessment approaches including individual reports, case study analysis, self-reflections, group presentations and consultancy reports, a research proposal and a dissertation.  At the start of each module, you will be provided with an assessment brief which explains what is expected of you and how your performance will be assessed.

There will be opportunities within the taught sessions for tutors to provide you with on-going formative feedback on your performance enabling you to develop your skills. The emphasis on experiential learning through  work-related assignments, reinforces the programme design and its intended learning aims and outcomes. 

You will be provided with constructive feedback on your assessed work and, as part of your continuing development of learning to learn and cognitive skills, will be able to use the feedback in the preparation of subsequent assignments.

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and corporate hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. 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.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. You will use software such as ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

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.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.  

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Research-rich Learning

As a Masters student you will develop your research skills and critically apply the theories and concepts you study to your own personal experiences to enhance your self-development as a business leader.

Your learning will be underpinned by a ‘research-rich’ approach, which will include discussing the potential implications of business, management and leadership research findings as well as conducting your own research into organisational practice and your own personal practices  in the workplace. 

Throughout your course, you will be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that is at the heart of Newcastle Business School. Our innovative MBA programme showcases our signature research areas of responsible business, innovation and entrepreneurship and digital economy.

With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning. 

Give your career an edge

An MBA is an industry-recognised qualification that is highly valued by employers and the networks you will form during your studies will further extend your professional network and career opportunities.

Completing an MBA at Northumbria University will enable you to expand your knowledge of leadership, business and self to become an excellent leader.

As well as enhancing your CV, the MBA will give you the opportunity to develop your global management competencies, emotional intelligence and cultural awareness.

The programme will also enable you to improve your ability to work in diverse groups and teams and enhance your project management and decision-making capabilities.

Your Future

The sky is the limit. Our graduates generally move to more senior leadership positions, often engaging at board level and becoming industry leaders in their own right.

The MBA opens up a world of opportunity, from senior management to consultancy and entrepreneurship.

Equipped with the skills, knowledge and outlook to exploit business opportunities or face any business challenge our MBA graduates are perfectly positioned to take the next step in their career.

Course info

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2018

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