Graduate Diploma in Business and Humanities at Newcastle University

Improve your language and academic skills for direct entry into a Master's degree at Newcastle University

This pathway offers you progression to a range of postgraduate degrees in agriculture, business, communication, heritage, law, media, social sciences and transport at Newcastle University.

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on a designated postgraduate degree at Newcastle University
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a highly supportive study environment

Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject. The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

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What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes

This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in reading techniques and academic writing styles. The module covers the organisation of ideas, the planning, revising and editing of written work, integrating the ideas of others into your work using both citation and referencing, as well as how to use dictionaries, thesauri and other study aids to assist with appropriate vocabulary choices.

Study and Research Skills This module is designed to help you develop university-level study skills in making notes from academic texts, organising lecture notes and interpreting data. You will also gain teamwork, problem-solving, time management and examination skills, as well as develop competence in core ICT skills
UK Institutions and Culture This module will enable you to understand the country in which you are living and studying by looking at topics such as government and politics in the UK, Britain and the European Union, legal institutions, geography and sociology of the UK and the North East, business in the UK, culture and the UK education system.
Management and Organisation Increasingly the effective management of people is a sustainable source of competitive advantage. This module will cover the main principles of management theory and help you to develop an understanding of organisational behaviour theory and its relation to management within organisations.


You will have the option of studying the following modules, depending on intended Master's:

Economics Economics is the study of how society allocates limited resources between competing claims for their use, both now and in the future. The module will focus on the distinction between microeconomics and macroeconomics and the underlying basic economic problem of scarcity.
Social and Cultural Studies This interdisciplinary module explores a range of issues, including a study of the north east of England, from geographical, sociological, political, historical, cultural, artistic and literary perspectives.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal, designed to help students build on their successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study. Assessment of English language and communication skills will be based on written assignments, oral presentations, interviews, and written examinations.

Academic assessment

Assessment of academic modules will be based on

  • written assignments
  • group project work
  • oral presentations
  • written examinations

Research assessment

Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.

Success means

If you successfully complete the relevant Graduate Diploma programme at INTO Newcastle University, and meet the required scores for entry to your selected degree programme, you will be guaranteed entry onto designated postgraduate degree programmes at Newcastle University. You will also be able to apply to other universities in the UK.

In order to successfully pass the Graduate Diploma you will need to achieve an average mark of 40 per cent overall in your academic modules, and 60 per cent in the EAP module. In order to successfully progress onto your chosen postgraduate degree programme at Newcastle University, you will need to achieve an average mark of 60 per cent overall in your academic modules, with no module less than 50 per cent. In addition, you will need to achieve a minimum of 65 (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes.

For progression to the School of Law, you will need to achieve an average mark of 65 per cent in your academic modules, with no module less than 60 per cent. In addition, you will need to achieve a minimum of 70 (IELTS 7.0) in English for Academic Purposes.

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