Newcastle University Business School

E-Business MSc

E-Business MSc

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Your Programme

This section aims to provide you with some key information on your degree programme. Generic information relating to postgraduate degrees can be found on the Business School Postgraduate Blackboard Community and in the Postgraduate Study Guide.

About the programme

E-Business MSc, E-Business (E-Marketing) MSc and E-Business (Information Systems) MSc are closely related and share 60 credits of taught modules. All three programmes are one-year, full- time, intensive modular programmes. The programmes consist of two parts: a taught component that runs during the first and second semesters; and a research project that runs during the third semester, for which a dissertation is submitted. The programmes consist of mandatory modules for all the streams, and specialised modules depending on the stream. The programmes aim to provide comprehensive training in interdisciplinary aspects of e-business. The taught components of the courses account for 120 credits, while the dissertation for the remaining 60 credits. 

The programmes will adopt a unique approach to teaching and learning. These courses will emphasise group/team working; student-centred learning; skills/competence development; practical orientation; and problem solving. During the year, students will be assigned in groups of mixed disciplinary and cultural backgrounds so they can help each other develop relevant knowledge and skills in the area they lack expertise; and the process itself will also be a valuable experience for students to succeed in the global, knowledge-based economy. 

The programmes also have a strong focus on employability and professional development. The learning experience goes beyond e-business by taking into account the person. This is done through the Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management: A Critical Exploration module. This module is specifically designed to develop you as an entrepreneur and intrapreneur (entrepreneur in an existing company). The entrepreneurial content and teaching methods facilitate your personal transformation by encouraging a methodical self-reflection and action to change. You will develop the skills required to manage entrepreneurially and the knowledge to shape your entrepreneurial mind set. In addition, your learning experience is complemented by the University’s award-winning Careers Service, which offers a range of activities such as one-to-one careers advice and planning, assessment centres, mock interviews, coaching on professional skills including networking, public speaking and teamwork, as well as direct support to start up your own company. 

Induction week

There will be an induction week for your Master’s programme at the start of Semester 1, including sessions with your programme director, your designated personal tutor, group activities and social events. This week is also your opportunity to familiarise yourself with the University, the facilities available such as the Robinson Library, and check details such as your timetable. A full schedule for the week will be included in your welcome pack on the first day of induction week and will also be published in the ‘Student Life’ section of the Business School website.


The assessment will depend on the individual module. You can expect to be assessed by a variety of means including:

  • examinations
  • assignments both individual and group
  • presentations
  • dissertation

The mix of assessment methods is to allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the knowledge outcomes of the programme and also your assimilation of the skills developed during your Master’s programme.

The assessment methods used in individual modules are included in the module outlines. The assessments for the taught modules are summarised in the table below.

Details of assessment deadlines will be provided on the Postgraduate Blackboard Community within the first two weeks of term to allow you to plan your workload. You should familiarise yourself with the assignment submission procedures available on the Postgraduate Blackboard Community. 

Most assignment deadlines are set at 10.00 on a Monday morning. This timing was decided upon following feedback from students in previous years as it allows you to make full use of the weekend for working on your assessment but doesn’t overlap with classes on a Monday. Please note that work submitted after the specified deadline, even by just a few minutes, will be treated as a late submission in line with University policy. Please see further details in the Postgraduate Study Guide on late submission of assessed work.

Occasionally, a module leader may change an assignment deadline (almost always to a later date). You will be notified of this in advance by e-mail by either the module leader or the relevant programme secretary. For all assignment deadlines, you should receive your marks and feedback within 20 working days. There may be certain exceptions to this turnaround time, but you will be notified of this at the time the deadline is set. For Semester 1 exams, generic feedback will be provided for the module early in Semester 2 to help you prepare for Semester 2 exams. For any students required to resit any exam, as a minimum generic feedback will be provided at least four weeks before the resit exam. Individual feedback for any exam can be provided on request after exam boards have met.

Your contacts

Degree Programme Director

The degree programme director (DPD) oversees your Masters programme and can help you with questions about the programme as a whole.

Dr Arturo Vega
Lecturer in Innovation and Policy - Director of the MSc in E-business programmes


Programme Secretary

The programme secretary is your main point of contact for administrative queries relating to your programme, such as information about procedures or deadlines.

Contact via Student Enquiries, The Hub (room 5.07), Business School @ Barrack Road or on 0191 208 1587.

Aaron Winder
Postgraduate Clerical Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1586

Director of pre-experience postgraduate programmes

Dr Maioli oversees all pre-experience postgraduate programmes in the Business School

Dr Sara Maioli
Lecturer in Economics, Director of Postgraduate Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1665

Senior Tutor

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who is there to help you with matters of a more personal nature. In addition, you can contact the senior tutor who has overall responsibility for pastoral matters and is chair of the staff–student committee for your programme.

Dr Graeme Heron
Lecturer in Operations Management

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1739

Business School careers adviser

Our careers adviser can help you with information and guidance on careers and employment, both during and after your studies.

Ailsa McCleod


Details on the teaching team will be provided in the first lecture for each module. 

A complete list of Business School academic and professional support staff, along with contact details, can be found online. Staff profiles are also available via this link illustrating the research and teaching interests of academic members of staff.