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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.

Throughout the duration of the MBA programme students are affiliates of CMI, and will be given one year’s free associate membership once they have graduated.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Newcastle Business School

Law and NBS Building, City Campus East


September 2018

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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.

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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 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 Yu Xiong, Professor Jamie Callaghan, Professor Ignazio Cabras, Professor Ron Beadle, and Professor Jason Whalley.

Staff Profiles / MBA

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Are you looking to move into a senior management or board level position? Would you like to build upon your professional experience and push your boundaries with our flagship postgraduate business qualification?

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or equivalent academic or professional qualification with at least three years of work experience.

Applicants will also be required to attend an interview face-to-face, or by telephone or Skype.

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 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £14,995

Full EU Fee: £14,995

Full International Fee: £15,000


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Modules Overview


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

AF7006 -

Accounting and Finance (Core, 10 Credits)

You will be able to develop your knowledge and critical appreciation of the key components of accounting and finance and be able to apply these within the context of a successful public, private or not-for-profit organisation. Specifically, this module provides you with a foundation in the key principles of corporate financial management and their practical application, covering the issues of cost of capital, capital budgeting and capital structure, financial markets, analysis and investments in a world where finance is an international language. Key concepts in relation to investment and financing decisions, operational controls and structures of governance, financial health and growth strategies are all included. You will be able to build your knowledge starting with how to choose and appraise an investment decision; dealing with operational matters that keep the business running; using finance and accounting techniques to strategically manage the direction of the business and finally, looking at how corporate expansion can successfully and sustainably take place. This module is designed to strengthen your ability in applying knowledge to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, so that theory is converted into practice from a critical and informed perspective in order to enhance organisational effectiveness and competitiveness. The Module also investigates how financial information can be used to inform strategic plans and operational decisions. Reflective of the research strength within the Business School within responsible business, you will be encouraged to engage with CSR and ethical decision making.

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BM9710 -

Data Analytics for Business Decision Making (Core, 10 Credits)

You will gain an understanding of the role data analytics can play in decision making for senior managers, and acquire a skill set which will enable you to both carry out and evaluate results from such analysis.

There is an increasing need for business leaders to know how to use data to develop meaningful and robust business solutions. This module will equip you with the practical knowledge and confidence to achieve this. Specific topics covered will vary but are likely to include content such as Project Management; Data Management for Decision Making (using specialist software packages such as SAS); Statistics for Business and Predictive Modelling.

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BM9711 -

Operations and Supply Chain Management (Core, 10 Credits)

The module aims to provide you with the theories and principles of operations and supply chain management and the knowledge and skills of applying them in real business practices. This module has been developed in partnership with practitioners in the field and will explore core
topics including:
? Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management;
? Supply Chain Strategy;
? Supply Chain Operations;
? Planning Supply Chain Operations;
? Sourcing Supply Chain Operations;
? Making Supply Chain Operations;
? Delivering;
? Supply Chain Risk Management;
? Product Lifecycle Management;
? Quality Management;
? Reverse Logistics;
? Recent Challenges in Supply Chain.

The module will lead you to the development of operations management and supply chain management skills and confidence in handling complex problems in supply chain. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of tools and techniques in analysing supply chain problems. You will be knowledgeable about the theory and practice of operations and supply chain management and skilful in the use of various tools and techniques. On completing the module you will be able to apply the theories and principles to analyse operations and supply chain problems in a variety of situations. You will be capable of identifying the root causes of various supply chain problems and proposing relevant solutions.

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HR9717 -

Managing People & Organisations (Core, 10 Credits)

The module will help you engage with the management challenges involved in managing individuals, teams and organisations. You will gain an understanding of theories and models within the field of organisational behaviour, and the ways in which this knowledge has been applied in terms of techniques and approaches such as human resource management. The module will enable you to apply the concepts introduced to make sense of your own experiences in organizations, to recognise the importance of these aspects of management in an overall understanding of management, and enable you to apply them to your own management practice.

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HR9718 -

Leader Identity and Leadership (Core, 10 Credits)

The module will engage you in a conceptual exploration of classical and contemporary theories of leadership to provide a foundation for analysing and developing yourself and others as leaders. You will consider your identity as a leader, your values, motives and goals and thereby develop intra and interpersonal awareness through critical reflection and evaluation. You will engage in a number of activities designed by the teaching team that will help you to understand what it means to be a responsible effective leader. You will also further explore the relationship between leadership and followership, and demonstrate how leadership practice is influenced by diversity. The module draws from themes such as:
? Established and emerging theories of leadership
? Leader development
? Leader identity and identity formation
? Diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation)

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HR9719 -

Responsible Business (Core, 10 Credits)

This module will help you understand, anticipate, pre-empt and respond to ethical challenges in business. The module requires you to think about your own responsibility as a manager and the responsibilities of organizations in the context of contemporary challenges to business. You will be challenged by this module to think about the qualities of mind and character that are required to behave in a morally coherent way, about the types of institutional arrangements that promote and frustrate this. The module will enable you to think about ethical issues at the level of the individual, the institution and the wider material and ideational contexts that inform how such issues are understood.

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HR9777 -

Management Investigation (Optional, 60 Credits)

You will learn how to conduct a research led investigation into a management issue, topic or problem guided by your programme of study and framed in the context of an organisation.

Your learning will cover:

• Conducting research in organisations
• The identification of a researchable question.
• Primary research, data collection, questionnaire design, etc.
• Secondary research, literature review, further sources of information.
• The analysis of findings
• Writing recommendations and action plan
• Report writing
• Presentation technique
• Reflection on learning process

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MK9703 -

Strategic Marketing (Core, 10 Credits)

This module provides the knowledge and skills necessary for you to understand, critically analyse, and manage Strategic Marketing functions within fast-moving, international and competitive contexts.

Within the module, you will cover these main topics:
1) The role and process of Marketing: a strategic perspective;
2) The Marketing environment;
3) Brand Management & Marketing Communications;
4) Channel Management, Sales Management and Key Account Management;
5) Relationship Marketing: Customer Relationship Management and Internal Marketing;
6) Online and Digital Marketing;
7) Marketing Analytics;
8) Marketing Metrics.

During the module you will fine-tune your existing Strategic Marketing skills and gain a robust understanding of its board level management. You will critically analyse existing theory and practices, contribute your own ideas, and explore ways to apply this academic knowledge to an authentic commercial context. As a result, on returning to the workplace, you should be a skilled, informed manager able to lead a set of Marketing processes and strategies which deliver demonstrable value to your business and its stakeholders.

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NX0477 -

NBS Masters Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)

This option is offered as an alternative to the NBS Masters’ Dissertation on all 1-year MSc programmes and in the second semester of year 2 on the 2-year programme variants with Study Abroad and with Advanced Practice (if the students select an Internship in semester 1), again as a Dissertation alternative. It is also offered as alternative to the Management Investigation on the MBA.

On this consultancy based module you will enhance your individual effectiveness and employability skills by locating the learning and development in an organisational context. In doing so, you will promote personal and group development, commercial awareness, and a range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical skills and knowledge centred on and demonstrated through a group negotiated real-time work-based project.

The content of the management report will be unique. The nature and scope of the area of your investigation will be defined and agreed in collaboration with the organisation and the University supervisor. The syllabus will include:

• Conducting research in organisations.
• Identifying researchable questions.
• Consultancy and project management skills.
• Research methods and doing a literature review
• Presentation, communication and report writing skills.
• Analysing findings.
• Writing recommendations and action plans.
• Reflecting on work based experiential learning.

In undertaking this project based module, you will critically reflect and evaluate upon organisational practices and their relation with academic theory, and in doing so, provide practical and actionable recommendations through an investigative management report.

The assessment for your module consists of a Group Consultancy Report (7,000 words) and Final Client Presentation, weighted at 60%, alongside an Individual Assignment comprising a Literature Review (4000 words) and a Reflective Learning Statement (2,000 words), weighted at 40%.

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NX9707 -

Management Research (Core, 10 Credits)

You will gain an understanding of management research, preparing you to be able to undertake a research project as part of your dissertation. The typical considerations of the research process in investigating a managerial or organizational problem are considered; an especial emphasis is placed on action learning and action research approaches.

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SM9700 -

Global Business Environment (Core, 10 Credits)

The module will address, explore and examine various themes and issues affecting the changing global business environment. The main objective of the module is to discuss and assess the global business environment, investigating how globalisation/localisation phenomena that are likely to impact upon business operations and strategy within the context of regional economic development. An approximate (not exhaustive) list of possible topics included in the module is provided below:
• Globalisation: Definition, Evolution, Implications for countries, companies and communities,
• Regions and Regionalisms within a Globalised World: implication for economies and societies
• From Post-Industrial to Knowledge Economies
• International Capital and Financial Markets: Mergers and Acquisitions
• World Institutions: World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund, United Nations
• Macro-Commercial Blocs: The European Union, NAFTA, ASEAN and BRICS
• The International Economic Environment: Exchange Rates and patterns of trade
• Business and Environmental Issues: Kyoto and Paris Agreements
• Business and Corporate Culture in Different Countries

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SM9701 -

Innovation and Entrepreneurs (Core, 10 Credits)

In this module you will gain a comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurial and innovation concepts, theories and techniques of management. You will examine the nature of entrepreneurship and innovation, the typical characteristics of entrepreneurship, the generation of new business ideas and business failure. In particular, you will focus on corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial architectures, being an entrepreneur, building an entrepreneurial culture and organisational structure, managing corporate ventures and intrapreneurship. You will also explore innovation particularly, the types of innovation, innovation management, technology transfer, public science and R&D.

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SM9702 -

Managing in the Digital Economy (Core, 10 Credits)

In this module you will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges, opportunities and disruptive potential associated with the digital economy. You will examine the impact that technological change and digital innovation has on organisations, in terms of the creation of (new) revenue streams, (alternative) forms of value, products and services. By exploring a range of examples you will gain insight into how private, public and third sector organisations along with different levels of government have embraced and developed the digital economy. Not only will this exploration illustrate the wide-ranging nature of the impact, but also the quickening pace of strategic and technological innovation, the ‘winner takes all’ nature of many digital markets and the complex and global nature of the extensive privacy, cyber-security and data debates.

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SM9704 -

Strategic Management (Core, 10 Credits)

This module will support you to critically evaluate the range of internal and external factors that impact strategic positioning and performance. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the range of classical and topical strategic concepts and theories, and the range of strategic analysis and planning techniques that can be used to evaluate both the external competitive environment and internal business processes and resources. You will cover topics such as:
? strategic challenges;
? strategic intent;
? strategic positioning;
? strategic capabilities;
? strategic agility;
? dealing with uncertainty;
? strategic analysis at multiple levels (market, industry, firm, product);
? network effects;
? industry structures;
? competitive advantage;
? first-mover advantage.

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