Bus and Humanities Grad Dip

Business and Humanities Graduate Diploma

Full time: 9 months
Start dates: September or January


Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diploma will prepare you for a range of Master’s courses at Newcastle.

This course will focus on developing your academic abilities and postgraduate research skills. You will also improve your English language skills. On successful completion of the course you can progress onto a selected postgraduate course at Newcastle.

On this course you'll have the opportunity to learn about local businesses that have an international focus. The business and management module links with these businesses through lectures and site visits.

This course is suitable if you:

  • need to upgrade your undergraduate degree ready for postgraduate study in the UK
  • want to increase your subject knowledge
  • need to improve your English language study skills within the context of your chosen subject

If you pass this course you'll receive an International Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (FHEQ Level 6). You'll be able to progress to internationally-focused postgraduate degrees in business, finance, journalism and more.

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This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University. We're in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students. For more information see our International Preparation Courses website.

Choosing this course means that you'll get:

  • quality-assured university course
  • full Newcastle University status
  • conditional offer on a designated postgraduate degree at Newcastle
  • a campus-based course with access to university facilities
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a very supportive study environment

The teaching style on this course varies to encourage you to develop independent study skills. In semester one there are a variety of teaching methods including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials

In semester two you'll be more independent with fewer formal classroom hours and more individual tutorials.

You will also research and write a 5,000 word extended essay. This will help prepare you for your dissertation on your chosen postgraduate course. Don't worry if you haven't written a dissertation before. One of your teachers will be your supervisor and support you throughout your project.

You'll be in class for an average of 21 hours a week. We have a maximum of 18 students per class for English language teaching.



This course has both formal and informal assessments. They'll help you build on your successes and meet the entry requirements needed for postgraduate study at Newcastle. Academic module assessments include:

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

The research component assesses your final written research project.

You will develop your academic English skills, including academic writing and critical reading. We will make sure you are ready for postgraduate study. The skills assessments include:

  • written assignments
  • oral presentations
  • listening tests
  • reading exams
  • written examinations


You're guaranteed a place on one of our designated postgraduate degrees at Newcastle if you:

  • successfully complete the Business and Humanities Graduate Diploma
  • meet the entry requirements for your selected degree course

To progress onto your chosen postgraduate degree at Newcastle, you need to pass this course with:

  • a minimum of 65 (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes
  • no less than 60 in some or all IELTS subskills, depending on your chosen postgraduate degree
  • an average mark of 60% overall in your academic modules

For progression into the School of Law, you will need:

  • a minimum of 65 (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes
  • a minimum of IELTS 6.0 in writing
  • an average mark of 65% overall in your academic modules
  • no less than 60% in any module

Your progression options:


Our purpose built INTO Newcastle centre will provide you with everything you need to study with us. Find out more about our facilities on our International Preparation Course website.


Related Degrees

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Modules for 2019/20 entry

Subject modules (50 credits):

Optional modules (30 credits):

The modules you study depends on your intended postgraduate course.

Language module (40 credits):

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from autumn 2018.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The above tuition fees do not include the following:

Enrolment fee

An extra charge of £150 per academic course, charged on confirmation.

Text books

The cost of your text books varies depending on how many terms you study:

  • 3 terms will cost approximately £230 per academic course

Airport pick-up

Studying overseas is a big step and we can arrange to pick you up from the airport. We'll meet you at Newcastle International Airport and take you to your accommodation. This is an optional service at a cost of £35.

If you're under 18 you must use our airport pick-up service, or agree alternative arrangements with us in advance. We've got an under 18 policy that you might find useful.


Accommodation is not included in the fees. View your INTO Newcastle accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. You can contact INTO Newcastle for bank transfer details.

Entry Requirements

To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.

How to Apply

You can apply online through the INTO Newcastle application form.

You will need to create a free account to apply for your chosen course. You can apply for accommodation at the same time as the course.


If you want to find out more, you can contact us in a variety of ways.

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