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This course is currently under review.

The Graduate Diploma in Business will support you in managing the transition into one of our postgraduate degrees. The programme offers both integrated English language development for business as well as subject specific modules, designed to give you a detailed understanding and knowledge of how business works.

The first 3 language based modules for the Graduate Diploma focus on key skills and language development to provide you with a strong foundation of English for academic purposes. As you progress to Semester 2, our business modules will provide you with a detailed understanding and knowledge of how business works and will teach you the skills and confidence required to study successfully on our Masters programmes.

Key facts

  • Part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
  • Build your English language and academic skills to gain entry onto a Masters programme
  • Choose whether to progress onto a postgraduate programmes at our London Campus, or if you wish to experience another vibrant student city, you can study a whole range of postgraduate programmes at our main campus in Newcastle.

What will I study?

The first 3 modules (Communicative Skills for Business in Listening and Speaking, Communicative Skills for Business in Reading and Writing and Applied Language Development) will help you to develop core English communication skills using both leading English for Academic Purposes textbooks and the type of authentic materials such as lectures and journal articles used in the later 2 modules: Business and Management in Context and Developing Academic Skills for Business and Management.

By successfully completing these modules you will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence required to study successfully on our Masters programmes.

During the course of this programme you will have access to the interventions currently offered to all undergraduate Newcastle Business School students that seek to develop a range of attitudes and attributes that will put you in a competitive position when entering the job market.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is taught using a range of methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, totaling around 12-13 hours per week. You will also be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 33 hours per week.

You will be assigned your own Guidance Tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support and be your first point of contact if you have questions or problems.

Assessments take place through a mix of coursework, including portfolios and presentations, and exams.

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.

Further study

The Graduate Diploma in Business is specifically for students who want to progress on to one of our Masters in Business programmes, but don’t yet meet the entry requirement.

Upon successful completion of the course (subject to a minimum pass mark) you will be guaranteed a place on one of our Masters in Business programmes at either campus.


All modules on this course are core.

  • LD0600 – Communicative Skills for Business in Speaking and Listening (20 credits)
  • LD0601 – Communicative Skills for Business in Reading and Writing (20 credits)
  • LD0602 – Applied Language Development (20 credits)
  • LD0325 – Developing Academic Skills for Business and Management (20 credits)
  • LD0602 – Business and Management in Context (40 credits)


Tuition fee 2018/19

  • UK/EU students: £13,500
  • International students: £13,500

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks.

If you are an international student and choose to study the Graduate Diploma in Business at our London campus, you will be eligible for our programme bursary.

Also, if you choose to progress on to one of our Masters programmes upon successful completion of your Graduate Diploma, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships, bursaries, or payment plans.



How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the Graduate Diploma. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number. Please note: when applying to study on the Graduate Diploma you will need to indicate which course you intend to progress on to once you have completed the programme.


We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your course. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to .


Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

Visit the Business Graduate Diploma page on the Northumbria University (London Campus) website for more details!