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Business and Management MSc - Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about our distance learning Business and Management Masters degree.

Thinking about studying our distance learning Business and Management MSc? To help you make your decision, below we’ve answered some of the questions we’re asked most frequently about the course, 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 a Business and Management MSc?

For this course, you should have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or an international equivalent

If you don’t meet the requirements above but you can demonstrate significant professional experience in a related field, you may still be eligible.

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.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Over the duration of your Masters degree you’ll build on any existing business and management experience you have to gain a qualification that will boost your career profile.

You’ll study a range of modules that have been handpicked to give you the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you need to reach your leadership potential - from Strategic Marketing to Business Analytics, Digital Entrepreneurship to Leadership for Responsible Change.  During each, we’ll support you to apply the theories you learn to real world situations, and tailor your projects and assessments, including your final Masters level thesis, to your current role or any you aspire to - helping you to step up and stand out, even before graduation. 

Throughout, you’ll hone your understanding of the ethical and cultural contexts that international businesses operate in. You’ll be equipped with a range of key employability and transferable skills too, such as critical self-awareness, business analysis and Masters level research capabilities. 

By the time you finish the course, you’ll have everything you need to achieve your professional goals - whether that’s to kickstart your commercial career, start your own business or become a senior leader in your existing organisation.

How long will the course take to complete?

You’ll be able to gain a Business and Management Masters in around two years, part time. However, the course is designed to be as flexible as possible and you’ll have the freedom to pause your studies if you need to.  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 commitment – 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 Business and Management MSc 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 £7,170* 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

*Fees correct from academic year 2020/2021. Please note, fees for new intakes, starting in subsequent academic years, may change.


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