Newcastle University Business School


Student Profile - Adegboyega

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Choosing Newcastle

There were three main reasons I chose to study at Newcastle University:

  1. The prestige and high ranking amongst other UK universities.
  2. Its membership of the prestigious Russell Group of universities indicating its research excellence.
  3. Accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) for my programme.

I was attracted to the breadth and depth of the programme modules which I felt would enable me to acquire essential knowledge and therefore the opportunity to pursue a career in a variety of sectors including:

  • operations, distribution and supply chain management
  • consultancy
  • logistics and transport management
  • engineering, purchasing or quality management
  • manufacturing management
  • management accounting

My course

During the course I gained a deeper understanding of the major areas of knowledge and philosophical approaches that underpin the concept of operations and supply chain. I appreciated the range of teaching methods that included lectures, seminars, group work projects, presentations and industrial visits.

I enhanced my research skills through writing my dissertation and preparing a high quality research proposal, both of which have given me the confidence to purse a doctoral degree. 

Key benefits of the programme 

  • learning how to compare international business environments in different countries and institutions and the markets in which they operate
  • learning how to advance the effectiveness and competitiveness of firms at different sectors and life cycle levels
  • learning how to use quality tools and techniques such as six sigma, lean and TQM (total quality management) to solve organisational issues
  • understanding how an integrated approach to operations and supply chain management impacts on business performance, customer satisfaction and profit margins

Studying at postgraduate level

Postgraduate study enabled me to develop a deeper and broader knowledge of my subject. A much higher level of reading and studying was essential in order to keep up and successfully complete the programme. The dissertation allowed me to independently research a specific topic in depth. As a result, I attained a high level of proficiency and the confidence to pursue a doctoral degree.

Career aspirations

I intend to work as an industrialist with particular interests in the food and beverage, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain, service, agriculture, consulting and oil and gas industries.

Through the programme and my own research, I have been exposed to new ideas which gave me a different view about management, changed my perceptions, and will enable me to be more innovative in my future career.

Student experience

The friendliness in Newcastle is great - people are very welcoming here. The night life is exceptional - it really gave me the opportunity to relax away from academic work and get to know people from other universities and societies. The cost of living is also cheaper here than in London where I used to be a student.

Advice for new students

  1. Attend all lectures to stay up-to-date with your curriculum and topics. The lectures, examples given by the lecturers and your lecture notes will really enhance your understanding of the topics when you revise for examinations.
  2. Hand in your assignments on time. You run the risk of losing marks if you hand in work late without a valid reason. Learn to stay on top of your deadlines by managing your time well and planning for the weeks and months ahead. Developing this discipline in straight away will definitely help with your coordination and performance later on and builds your reputation as a proactive and responsible student.
  3. Come with a positive spirit and competitive mind. This attitude will help you to really engage with, and learn from, your peers right from the beginning. It also helps you to develop a more serious mindset and pass your exams.


My visit to the new BBC Newcastle broadcasting studio as part of the Current Issues in International Business and Management module. This module focused on world news and the issues affecting international businesses and organisations. The BBC visit gave us a practical understanding of the news and broadcasting process.

I learned how the news is broadcast and the secrets behind news production. It was the first time I’d ever experienced a professional broadcasting studio, which enhanced my knowledge of media broadcasting and show business. I was even given the opportunity to make an unofficial sports broadcasting. It was brilliant to actually be able to experience how newscasters operate and function on live TV.

My postgraduate experience in three words

Competitive, knowledge and power.