MBA [Masters of Business Administration] [Full Time]

Level 7 - Postgraduate Study or NVQ Level 7 or Equivalent

Subject Area Business

Attendance Full-Time


Our new MBA is a stimulating and challenging programme which will make you question and re-evaluate how you do business. It is highly experiential and based on collaborative learning as students share their varied work experiences, knowledge and skills.
The course is designed to provide you with the knowledge to develop your critical thinking skills, reflective learning in order to apply these within your specialist area. You will also develop your understanding of the interplay between theory and practice in management.
The challenges of the 21st century require leaders and managers who can adapt to rapidly changing environments, understand complex situations, find innovative solutions to problems and then lead their organisations forward. Our MBA programme has been designed in consultation with local and national employers and stakeholders to meet current industry and management requirements. It will enable you to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current leadership and management issues and will provide the opportunity for you to explore your individual development as a leader and manager.
You will have the opportunity to work on real projects for a range of organisations, both large and small.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email for more information.
Duration: 18 Months
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee the MBA programme includes the embedding of CMI Award, Certificate and Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership into the programme. Students who complete the MBA academic award can also complete the above Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 qualifications. The CMI qualifications include a 12-month membership to CMI which allows students to gain professional recognition as well as improve their management skills.

The college's ‘Student as Producer’ initiative  redefines teaching in higher education through valuing and celebrating the outputs which students create during their time at Newcastle College. The is also the opportunity to undertake research or research-like activities within your leadership discipline and across the college.
You will develop your LinkedIn professional profile enabling you to utilise the social media tool to your career advantage.

Who the course is for

The course is designed for graduates who are experienced managers and leaders wishing to develop their academic skills and knowledge.

Qualification Gained

Master of Business Administration (MBA) validated by NCG


How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

Year 1
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme has two parts which spans over three semesters
Part 1: Six taught modules (120 credits)
Part 2: Dissertation or Work Related Project (60 credits)
Total Award Credits: 180
Within Part 1, all the modules are core and are compulsory for all the students studying for the Award:
Finance and Accounting for Decision Makers (20 credits)
This module aims to develop understanding of financial data and managing budget to expedite judgements and decision making and financial issues and proposals. The module specifically focuses on few major uses of accounting information by management: problem-solving, decision making, governance and planning and control.

Marketing - Strategy and Planning (20 credits)
This module will provide students with the principles of marketing, both business to consumer and business to business, as well as give students a broader perspective of how marketing strategy is created and developed by organisations.

Global Leadership and Organisational Behaviour (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide insights into the factors influencing the behaviour of people within organisations and how these influences might be taken into account to achieve maximum organisational effectiveness, with particular attention paid to organisation culture, workforce planning, conflict and the management of innovation and change.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics (20 credits)
This module is about enabling students to engage in critical debate on ethical issues through a combination of academic study and critical reflection, with the aim of developing skills relevant to ethical decision-making, problem solving and deeper consideration of issues within both social and personal responsibility, both locally and globally.

Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
This module will develop strategic thinking through the development of a strategic organisational perspective and provide the basis for advancement and application of strategic level skills, competencies, and decision-making capabilities that support developing and implementing change strategies to meet organisational objectives within increasingly diverse and complex contemporary organisations and wider context.

Research Methods (20 credits)
This module provides a comprehensive introduction to research as practised in business and management disciplines by providing an overview of the key quantitative and qualitative methodologies that are needed to undertake, evaluate and present a research project which is robust and realistic.

Part 2 of the programme
The Dissertation (60 credits)
The dissertation module provides an opportunity for in depth study of a topic relevant to management where students will critically evaluate main management theories, undertake empirical/real world research and draw conclusions about the implications of the results for managerial decision-making.
The Work Related Project – WRP (60 credits)
This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to conduct work based informed research and study in a relevant subject domain located primarily at a place of work, to assist student’s ability to apply originality and analytical skills alongside theory and practice which is workplace based.


Learning Methods

The course contains a variety of teaching and tlearning methods which will guide you towards developing the academic skills necessary for studying at Masters Level and to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme.

These include lectures, group based activities including tutorials and collaborative student led seminars and presentations, workshops, enquiry based approaches (case study scenario & critical incident analysis), and simulated experience (workshops & discussions).

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods are employed and include: coursework, essays, assignments, reports, presentations, case study presentations, reflective journals and examinations.

Progression Opportunities

You may choose to progress academically through either a PhD or Doctorate within a business discipline.

Career Opportunities

The MBA includes the real-life team consulting project, which will help you to develop transferrable skills and real world training during your degree, whether you want to change fields, advance in your current role, or move into consultancy.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have a good honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution.
Work Experience for MBA (Post-Experience)
The MBA is a post-experience master’s level programme, designed to build on previous experience gained from having worked within an organisation/s. It is important that our MBA students have good relevant professional experience in order to fully contribute and benefit from the programme. MBA students will be expected to reflect upon their previous professional experience while on the programme.
Students should normally have at least two years graduate-level work experience within the industry. For the purpose of admission to the MBA and for clarity, we define this experience as:
1. Ability to demonstrate evidence of professional/ career development within an organisation for at least two years;
2. Demonstrates accountability and responsibility within a leadership role;
3. Possessing knowledge relevant to their role as a leader within an organisation;
4. Able to demonstrate their contribution to an organisation’s decision-making processes;
5. Able to demonstrate responsibility for managing projects, people, resources and/or budgets within an organisation.
In applying for the MBA, successful applicants would normally demonstrate criterion 1 and meet at least two of the other listed criteria. Applicants may be expected to discuss their relevant experience at interview and will be asked to provide a letter(s) of reference in support of their application.
Applications who do not have English as their first language will be required to have as a minimum an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with none of the tested component scores less than 5.5. If you have previously completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Degree which was taught in a majority English-speaking country (as identified by UK Home Office) you will not need to provide an IELTS test.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.