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Business and Management MBus - Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about our Integrated Masters degree.

Thinking about studying our distance learning Business and Management MBus course? To help you make your decision, below we’ve answered some of the questions we’re asked most frequently about this Integrated Masters, learning online and more. 

If you have any other queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0191 278 4874 or at

Am I eligible to study the Integrated Masters in Business and Management (MBus)?

For this course, you should hold a Level 5 qualification in a business and management related field. This may include a:

  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Foundation Degree
  • Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Level 5 award such as Certificate, Diploma or NVQ with sufficient credits.

International equivalents such as an Associate Degree, or a Higher, Polytechnic or Advanced Diploma may also be accepted. For more information, contact our Enrolment Team on 0191 276 4874 or at

If you are an international applicant, you may also need to provide evidence of your English language ability for example holding a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or an approved equivalent.

What is an Integrated Masters degree and why should I choose this one?

An Integrated Masters is an undergraduate degree with an additional year of study, which allows you to obtain a further 120 credits and graduate with an Integrated Masters, a Level 7 qualification.

Our Business and Management MBus is a unique, distance learning programme which combines undergraduate and postgraduate study in this way. It will allow you to study part time, top up your existing qualification and gain an Integrated Masters in just three years or graduate after 18 months with a Bachelors (BA). No matter which option you choose, you’ll learn invaluable skills for employment, for example critical self awareness and project management capabilities, which will help you to progress your career. 

You’ll explore a combination of modules that have been handpicked to ensure your development, touching on everything from project management to entrepreneurial leadership. During each one, you’ll hone your practical business and transferable skills, while also exploring the cultural and ethical contexts in which international business operates. By graduation, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the impact that commercial leaders, and their decisions, have on the wider world.


How long will the course take to complete?

You’ll be able to gain your Business and Management MBus in three years or a little longer if you need to. However, the course is designed to be as flexible as possible. You can take up to six years to complete the Integrated Masters, which gives you the freedom to pause your studies if you need to. You can also choose to graduate after six modules with a Bachelors degree (minimum 18 months). No matter what, you’ll be able to study whenever and wherever it suits you, while still having access to our great teaching and online research facilities.

Will any of my learning take place on campus?

The course is designed to be studied completely online - there will be no need to come to campus.  

As a distance learning student, you will have access to quality teaching and research facilities, just as you would on campus, while being free to study whenever and wherever you want. Study your Business and Management course, your way.

Is the quality of Northumbria University’s distance learning courses the same as on campus courses?

There is no difference between the qualification you receive on our distance learning course and any equivalent qualification which you might study on campus. You’ll be taught by tutors with years of experience in business and management, who also teach our on campus courses. They’ll help you to gain the skills needed to lead in an ever-changing world.

How will I be assessed? Will there be any exams?

For each module, you’ll have regular virtual assessments to help you keep on track. The format of these will vary but they will all be submitted through Blackboard Ultra, our eLearning portal. 

Throughout,  you will be encouraged to tailor your assessments to your current role, helping you to apply theory to practice and benefit from your new knowledge, even before graduation.

How much time will I have to dedicate to studying?

The recommended study time for this course is 15 hours a week, so it's ideal for busy working professionals. Plus, our distance learning delivery and flexible learning model means you’ll be able to balance your studies alongside any existing commitments – no need for a career break or to disrupt your personal life.

Will I need any specific tools or equipment to study online?

It is vital that you have regular internet access throughout your course to access Blackboard Ultra, our e-learning portal. This platform contains your online learning materials, in-course communication tools, advice and support services. 

The recommended computer operating systems are:

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 or newer
  • Linux – chromeOS
  • Mobile – iOS 7 or newer/Android 4.2 or newer

What support will be available during my studies?

You’ll be part of a supportive, engaging community, and during each module, you’ll participate in interactive seminars with tutors, group tasks with other students and more. Throughout, your course leader will be available to assist you with your studies and any academic questions. 

You’ll also be assigned a Student Success Advisor, who will be there to support you from day one to graduation. Whether you need pastoral guidance, help meeting deadlines or advice about fees, they’ll be on hand at every step. 


What do I need for my application and how do I apply?

Applying for our Integrated Masters is easy and quick, and you can apply online on our course page for our intakes in January, April, July or October. A personal Enrolment Advisor will be with you at every step of the way, in case you have any questions about your application.

  • A copy of your qualification certificate or transcript (if this was awarded in a language other than English, you’ll need an official translation too)
  • A photocopy of your driving licence, passport or other proof of identity
  • A 500 word personal statement (this could cover why you wish to do the course, what you think you could bring to it and why you would like to study with Northumbria University)
  • Proof of your English Language proficiency if English is your second language 

After receiving your application, our Admissions Team will aim to respond to you as soon as possible.

How do I pay for the course?

The full course fee for 2020/21 is £9,195* for UK, EU and International students. You’ll be able to pay your fees in module by module instalments, spreading the cost out over the duration of your course. 

For more information about this, plus any financial support you may be entitled to, please contact our Enrolment Team on (+44) 191 276 4874 or at

*Please note, fees for new intakes, starting in subsequent academic years, may change.



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