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Course content

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

-Northumbria University’s Newcastle Business School is 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, and tutorials.

Each module of study is assessed by coursework assignments, end-of-module examinations, or both.

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.


-MA Design Management

-MSc Business with Financial Management

-MSc Business with Financial Management with Advanced Practice

-MSc Business with International Management

-MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice

-MSc Business with Marketing Management

-MSc Business with Marketing Management with Advanced Practice

-MSc Computing and Information Technology

-MSc Digital Marketing


This programme consists of 5 modules designed to develop your academic and language skills, as well as introduce you to core business topics. Your communicative skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing will be developed using business relevant contexts. The modules also focus on your academic skills in teamwork, critical thinking, research and learning styles. In the Business and Management in Context module you will be introduced to contemporary business issues.  

Please visit the course page for more information on module content. 

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




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