Dual Award (MA/MSc) in Advanced International Business Management

Newcastle University Business School

Program Description

Dual Award (MA/MSc) in Advanced International Business Management

Newcastle University Business School

Dual Award (MA/MSc) in Advanced International Business Management

This unique dual award degree programme is delivered by two academically renowned European institutions: Newcastle University Business School and the University of Groningen. The key feature of the programme is its focus on international management and multicultural working. The overall aim of this 17-month programme is to provide a pre-experience Masters qualification in business management with a strong international dimension, resulting in two-degree awards for students.

The programme aims to provide participants with the opportunity to engage with the issues experienced by internationally oriented organisations. Within this context, attention is paid to the comparative analyses of countries, institutions, cultures and the strategic decision-making of companies operating within this environment. In recent cohorts, individuals engaged with a number of organisations including L'Oreal, Heineken and TCD Foods Ltd.

The collaborative approach to this programme provides students with the opportunity to:

  • study a distinctive and internationally focused curriculum in business and management
  • study at two highly respected and traditionally focused universities
  • gain a postgraduate dual award (MA and MSc) degree enabling participants to prepare for and/or further develop a successful career in international business and management
  • live in two of Europe's most exciting and friendly cities

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive an Advanced International Business Management MA from Newcastle University and an International Business and Management MSc from the University of Groningen.

Who is the programme for?

The degree has been designed for individuals who aspire to a career in international business management and will practically prepare students for a range of positions in international, multinational or transnational companies. Participants will understand how to analyse the markets in different countries and will develop a 'sharp eye' for the processes within which multinational enterprises operate.

Professional skill development

Attributes of students successfully completing the programme include:

  • advanced knowledge and understanding of how to improve the quality of management, leadership and practice in organisations
  • enhanced general intellectual development, including the improved capacity for enquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis
  • ability to communicate and corporate with people from different cultural backgrounds


The programme is modular in structure, comprising 180 credits which are studied on a full-time basis over a period of 17 months.

Students will undertake Semester one at Newcastle University Business School and Semester two at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen. In Semester three, supervision for the dissertation is managed jointly across the institutions. Participants can choose to undertake their dissertation at either University.

Semester one - Newcastle University

  • The international business environment (10 credits)
  • Managing across cultures (10 credits)
  • Strategy for Managers (10 credits)
  • Managing organisations and people (10 credits)
  • Quantitative methods for business research (10 credits)
  • Marketing research for Dual Award (10 credits)

Semester two - University of Groningen

  • International business strategy (10 credits)
  • Comparative environmental analysis (10 credits)
  • International Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
  • Comparative corporate governance (10 credits)
  • Emerging markets (10 credits)
  • CSR and global value chain (10 credits)
  • Research seminar for MSc International Business and Management (10 credits)

Candidates will further select one elective module from a list to be provided annually (10 credits)

Semester three - provided jointly by Newcastle University and the University of Groningen

  • Dissertation (Dual Award) (50 credits)

Modules will be offered subject to availability.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold an upper-second class degree (2:1 level) or international equivalent, in a related subject area.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.5 in written English, and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills. Please be aware we do not accept the pre-sessional English programme for entry into this programme.

Visa information for Dual Award programmes

International students will require a UK Tier 4 student visa for their first semester at Newcastle University, this visa will be curtailed when relocated to the University of Groningen for the second semester.

To obtain your visa for The Netherlands you will have to prove to the Dutch immigration authorities that your financial resources are sufficient to support yourself during your stay. The Admissions Office at the University of Groningen expects you to transfer €10,750 which includes a non-refundable legal fee of €300 for your visa and residence permit, this will be payable during Semester one. Once you have paid this deposit the University of Groningen will apply for your visa on your behalf. The deposit minus the legal fee will be returned to you once you have opened a Dutch bank account with a local bank. Please note that it is NOT possible to arrange a visa for yourself at the Dutch embassy in your home country or in the UK.

All students are welcome to return to Newcastle University for their research semester to carry out their dissertation. International students are required to apply for a student visitor visa for this period; this can be applied for whilst in The Netherlands. Note that a student visitor visa does not allow students to work whilst in the UK and they must leave at the end of the programme of study.

Special note for applicants from PR China

Chinese students will require a NUFFIC certificate to apply for a visa in The Netherlands.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 28, 2018
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17 months
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5,250 GBP
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