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?

  • university placement for all successful students
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • full university status 

What's special about this programme?

  • 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

Teaching methods

The Business and Management module includes links with local businesses with an international focus, through lectures and site visits. The teaching structure comprises a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. This changes in Semester 2, with fewer formal classroom hours and more individual tutorials, to encourage independent study.

In Semester 2 you will research and write a 5,000-word extended essay. You will be supported by one of your teachers as a supervisor, which will prepare you for the dissertation you will write on your chosen postgraduate 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.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes

You will develop all your English skills so you are ready for postgraduate study. The ability to write essays at this level is the most important focus and you will have guidance in all aspects of academic writing including critical reading, synthesis of sources, text-level organisation and academic written style. All classes are delivered using pair and group work and learning is achieved with the use of problem-solving enquiry tasks. Learner independence is a priority, and focused support helps develop this.

Study and Research Skills

You will develop essential postgraduate skills such as working effectively in groups, presenting ideas in a logical manner, managing your time, taking lecture notes, conducting research and preparing and writing a research dissertation in your area of interest. Through this research project you will develop your confidence, knowledge and skills in: researching and defining a research question; selecting source texts; selecting, organising and presenting information and structuring an argument; checking drafts and proofreading; and how to avoid plagiarism.

Business and Management

You will develop an understanding and appreciation of the international business environment, the implications of change in the business environment for businesses and managers, and the need to make appropriate strategic decisions. The focus is on developing an understanding of the business context in which leaders and managers need to operate, and examining aspects of a business that need leadership and management so as to ensure business success.


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


You will focus on the distinction between microeconomics and macroeconomics and the underlying basic economic problem of scarcity. You will learn about the market system, the laws of supply and demand and how this determines the prices and the quantities that are traded through the concept of elasticity. By looking at the wider economic environment, you will learn about major schools of thought on macroeconomics issues and the relationship between economic growth and factors such as national income, inflation, unemployment, and economic management through monetary and fiscal policies.

Social and Cultural Studies

You will explore in-depth a number of aspects of social and cultural studies, and critically examine the nature of academic knowledge and research in these areas. The module will also explore interrelationships across these aspects, as well as the wider subjects of culture and the ‘social’. You will be introduced to the key concepts and research traditions of the subject and examine a range of issues, drawing on topics such as western culture and thought, ideology and social theory, identity, the media, and globalisation and culture.

Financial Analysis

This module focuses on the use of published company accounts. The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of what the data in a company’s accounts means, how to interpret that data, and how to use it either to judge the financial performance of a firm, or compare the performance of one firm with another. You will also learn how to assess two different proposed projects or investments and decide which you would recommend as the best project or investment, and why.

International Relations

You will explore a number of aspects of international relations and critically examine the nature of academic knowledge in this area. You will be introduced to the key concepts and theoretical traditions of international relations and will examine in-depth a range of issues, drawing on topics such as the historical context (from the beginning of the 20th century), theories of world politics, international institutions such as the United Nations, and international issues such as terrorism.


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.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree (as approved by INTO Newcastle University) Diploma (3-5 years) with good grades (as approved by INTO Newcastle University)   For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us

English requirements:

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 The Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for this course. 

Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.


17 years and above All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.

When can I start?


Start date Term dates Fees

September 2017 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018


January 2018 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018


Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee - an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • text books - an additional charge in the region of £210 per academic course (3 terms)


Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

What's the difference between the 3 and 4 term course?

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.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will it take me?

Leading to the following master's degrees at Newcastle University:

Newcastle University Business School

MSc International Marketing

MSc International Business Management

MSc Global Human Resource Management

MSc E-Business

MSc E-Business (Information Systems)

MSc E-Business (E-Marketing)

MSc International Financial Analysis

MSc Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment

School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

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 Education

MA Cross-Cultural Communication and Media Studies

MA Cross-Cultural Communication and Applied Linguistics

MA Education: International Perspectives (Leadership and Management)

MA Education: International Perspectives (Teaching and Learning) 

MA Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) 

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

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 Relations

MA Politics (Research)

MA Regional Development and Spatial Planning

MA Sociology

MA World Politics and Popular Culture

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences*

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.

School of Arts and Cultures

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

School of Law

LLM International Legal Studies

LLM International Business Law


School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Non-design programmes

MA Architecture, Planning and Landscape (non-design route)

MSc Planning for Sustainability and Climate Change (RTPI Accredited)

MSc Town Planning (RTPI Accredited)

MA Regional Development and Spatial Planning

MSc International Spatial Planning (RTPI accredited)

MRes Urban Energy, Technology and Policy

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