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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?
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.
You will study the following modules:
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.
You will have the option of studying the following modules, depending on intended Master's:
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.
Assessment of academic modules will be based on
Assessment of the research component will be based on the final written version of a research project.
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.
For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us
Minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score.
For students progressing to Newcastle Law School:
A minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.
17 years and above
All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31st December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.
Tuition fees do not include:
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.
You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.
The 4 term course has Pre-Sessional English at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement. See more about the 4 term option with Pre-Sessional English.
Click here for full progression grade details.
Leading to the following master's degrees at Newcastle University:
MSc International Marketing
MA International Business Management
MA International Human Resource Management
MSc E-Business (Information Systems)
MSc E-Business (E-Marketing)
MA International Financial Analysis
MA Heritage Studies
MPrac Art Museum and Gallery Practice
MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies
MA Creative Arts Practice
MPrac Hertiage Practice
MPrac Museum Practice
MA Museum Studies
MA Media and Journalism
MA Media and Public Relations
MA International Multimedia and Journalism
MA Cross-Cultural Communication and International Relations
MA Cross-Cultural Communication and International Marketing
MA Cross-Cultural Communication and International Management
MA Cross-Cultural Communication
MA Cross-Cultural Communication and MA Education
MA Cross-Cultural Communication and MA Media Studies
MA Education: International Perspectives
LLM Environmental Regulation and Sustainable Development
LLM International Legal Studies
LLM International Business Law
MA European Union Studies
MA Human Geography Research
MA International Political Economy
MA International Politics (Critical Geopolitics)
MA International Politics (Globalisation, Poverty and Development)
MA International Politics (Global Justice and Ethics)
MA International Studies
MA Local and Regional Development (Research)
MA Politics (Research)
MA Regional Development and Spatial Planning
MA Sociology and Social Research
MA World Politics and Popular Culture
MSc Marine Transport with Management
MSc Transport Planning and Business Management
MSc Transport Planning and Engineering
MSc Transport Planning and ITS
MSc Transport Planning and the Environment
* Students will be expected to pass a Health and Safety test prior to progression from INTO Newcastle University onto degree programmes.
MA Architecture, Planning and Landscape (non-design route)
MA Architectural Theory and Criticism
MSc Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change (RTPI Accredited)
MSc Town Planning (RTPI Accredited)
MSc International Spatial Planning (RTPI accredited)
What is the deadline for applications?
We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available. We recommend you apply as early as possible as courses fill up quickly. Enquire now to check availability.
Step 1: Complete the Application form
You can complete an online application form or download and print the PDF application form at the bottom of this page. You must include the following information:
Need help with the application form? Watch a video help guide - available in English, Chinese and Arabic:
Step 2: Submit the Application
The INTO Admissions office will only process complete applications so please ensure you provide all of the following documents with your application:
If you are applying by post please send your completed application package, including copies of your supporting documents listed above directly to us at:
INTO Newcastle University AdmissionsOne Gloucester Place Brighton BN1 4AA United Kingdom
The INTO Admissions team will assess your complete application and will contact you within two working days with either an answer or an offer.
Step 3: Confirm your place
If you receive a Conditional or Unconditional offer from us, the offer will contain all the details needed for you to confirm your place on the course.
The most common way to confirm your place, will be to:
Once the payment has cleared, you will be sent a confirmation pack from us, including; The relevant course information to help you with your visa application, course and accommodation confirmation, your updated statement and an invoice which will show any remaining fees still to pay before the start date of your course.
Step 4: Apply for your visa
If you are unsure of which visa type you need you can have a look at our Useful Information page or visit the UK Border Agency website.
Please keep us updated on your visa application process. If for any reason your visa application is delayed or rejected, please contact us as soon as possible.
Please note that INTO employees cannot give you advice on your visa, you will need to speak to your local embassy or the British Council.
Step 5: After you've received your visa
Once you've received your visa and arranged your flight to the UK, please contact us to make sure you have paid the full outstanding balance of your course, at least 4 weeks before you arrive.
You will then receive your final statement along with your pre-departure guide, listing all information you need about your chosen INTO Centre, the partner University and what to do when you arrive in the UK.
Visit our before you arrive page for more information.
If at any time you get stuck or have any problems that will delay your arrival, please contact us.
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Find out more about the degrees you can progress to from this course and the grades you will need.
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