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1 Advanced International Business Management MA/MSc (Dual Award) Programme Handbook

2 Newcastle University Business School: Postgraduate Handbook Summary of programme commitments The University s Student Charter is available on the Internet at pre-arrival/regulations/charter.php. It is also provided to all students as part of The Student Guide. In the Student Charter, the University undertakes to provide you with access to high standards of teaching, support, advice and guidance. The Student Charter requires that students are provided with a programme handbook which details any professional requirements, contact hours, mode of course delivery, assessment criteria, examination arrangements and regulations, academic guidance and support, and appeals and complaints procedures. The purpose of this summary is to help you locate further details about this key information in your handbook. Your handbook also contains a range of other valuable information, so you should read it thoroughly and retain a copy for future reference. 1 Your attention is also drawn to the Student Charter Supplementary Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Further information on this can be found at Key Information This section signposts you to some of the key information about your Master s degree programme in your Programme Handbook and Postgraduate Study Guide. Average number of contact hours for this stage/programme: Mode of delivery: Normal notice period for changes to the timetable, including rescheduled classes: Normal notice period for changes to the curriculum or assessment: Normal deadline for feedback on submitted work (coursework): Normal deadline for feedback on examinations: Professional accreditation: Assessment methods and criteria: Academic guidance and support: Page 6, Programme Handbook Page 4, Programme Handbook Page 6, Postgraduate Study Guide Page 14, Postgraduate Study Guide Page 9, Programme Handbook Page 9, Programme Handbook Not applicable Page 9 10, Programme Handbook Page 23, Postgraduate Study Guide Page 3, Programme Handbook Page 25, Postgraduate Study Guide

3 Contents Page Your contacts 3 Your programme 4 Your assessment 9 Use of programme handbook The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with an overview of your Master s degree programme. This handbook should be read in conjunction with the Newcastle University Business School Postgraduate Study Guide. Together, these documents will provide you with a guide to the facilities offered to you both by the School and the wider University and are designed to complement other information provided by the University. This handbook provides an accurate picture of the programme at the time of writing, but this may be subject to minor change during the course of the academic year. You will be informed of any changes through the appropriate channels. 2 MORE: ncl.ac.uk/nubs

4 Newcastle University Business School: Postgraduate Handbook Your contacts The programme director for the Advanced International Business Management (Dual Award) MA/MSc at Newcastle University is Dr Stefanie Reissner. The programme director has overall responsibility for the management of the programme. The programme secretary is responsible for general administrative issues relating to the programme. Useful contacts Degree programme director: Dr Stefanie Reissner Business Barrack Road The degree programme director (DPD) oversees your Master s programme and can help you with questions about the programme as a whole. 3 Programme secretary: Helen Ritchie Contact via Student Enquiries, The Hub (room 5.07), Business Barrack Road The programme secretary is your main point of contact for administrative queries relating to your programme, such as information about procedures or deadlines. Director of pre-experience postgraduate programmes: Dr Anna Tilba Room 4.09, Business Barrack Road Dr Tilba oversees all pre-experience postgraduate programmes in the Business School and has responsibility for matters relating to exam boards, such as assessment irregularities. Senior tutor: Dr Stefanie Reissner Business Barrack Road You will be allocated a 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. Business School careers adviser: Ailsa McLeod Careers Service, King s Gate Our careers adviser can help you with information and guidance on careers and employment, both during and after your studies. 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 at Staff profiles are also available via this link illustrating the research and teaching interests of academic members of staff.

5 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. The Dual Award in Advanced International Business Management is a 17-month, fulltime, intensive modular programme, which aims to provide you with the opportunity to engage with the issues experienced by internationally orientated organisations. Within this context, attention is paid to the comparative analyses of countries, institutions, cultures and the strategic decision-making of companies operating within this environment. More specifically, the programme aims to provide you with: an ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of international business management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively an understanding of how to improve the quality of management, leadership and business practice within international organisations an opportunity to engage in the advanced study of organisations, their management and the cultural context(s) in which they operate an ability to critically evaluate these issues within the context of the activities of businesses, government and non-governmental organisations 4 The degree has been designed for individuals who aspire to a career in international business management and will practically prepare you for a range of positions in international, multinational or transnational companies. The programme will also provide you with the expertise appropriate to a management career in the not-for-profit sector. On a practical level, you will develop an understanding of, and applied skills in: multi-stakeholder perspectives in respect of the strategic management challenges brought about by increased globalisation including: the implications of international organisation (merger/acquisitions and alliances); relationships between headquarters and subsidiaries; and international aspects of corporate governance the implications of leadership and top management team composition for managing within, and across, national borders critical analysis in the context of the activities of business, government and nongovernmental organisations MORE: ncl.ac.uk/nubs

6 Newcastle University Business School: Postgraduate Handbook 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 Current Students section of the Business School website at Semester 1 Newcastle University Business School 60 credits of taught modules are studied during Semester 1 at Newcastle University Business School as detailed in the table below. An overview of module content is available online at and further details of the module structure will be given during the first lecture. 5 Module code Title Credits NBS8045 The International Business Environment 10 NBS8061 Managing Across Cultures 10 NBS8078 Strategy for Managers 10 NBS8326 Managing Organisations and People 10 NBS8268 Quantitive Methods for Business Research 10 NBS8515 Marketing Research for Dual Award 10 Semester 2 University of Groningen 70 credits of taught modules are studied during Semester 2 in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen. The table below shows a summary of the modules studied and further information will be provided by the University of Groningen. All modules are core. Module code* Title Credits GRON121 International Business Strategy 10 GRON127 Comparative Environmental Analysis 10 GRON103 International Entrepreneurship 10 GRON104 Comparative Corporate Governance 10 GRON105 Emerging Markets 10 GRON126 Research Seminar for IB&M MSc 10 GRON128 CSR and Global Value Chain 10 *GRON code numbers are provisional codes allocated by Newcastle University, University of Groningen refers to modules by descriptive title only.

7 Semester 3 Dissertation You will be allocated a supervisor from each University (regardless of which institution you choose), and you will also be supported by workshops run jointly by both Universities during this period. Further details of the dissertation are given on page 7. The following page gives an overview of the structure of the programme. Full descriptions of each module, including the aims and outcomes, syllabus, skills developed (including Graduate Skills Framework), teaching methods and assessment methods, can be found in the Module Catalogue at Each module will comprise a mix of teaching and learning methods, including independent study. The Module Catalogue gives the indicative number of hours for each module of scheduled learning and teaching (such as lectures/seminars) and guided independent study (such as assessment preparation/directed reading and research). As an overall indication, each 10 credits comprises 100 hours of study, including lectures the majority of this time will be independent learning, which you will carry out yourself outside of scheduled classes. The exact number and type of contact hours for each module will vary but you can expect to have at least 18 contact hours per 10 credits of modules taken. 6 Reading lists for each module can be accessed at rlo.ncl.ac.uk. Further information about the module structure and recommended reading will be provided by the module leader at the start of teaching. MORE: ncl.ac.uk/nubs

8 Newcastle University Business School: Postgraduate Handbook Term dates Newcastle University Business School Week commencing 22 September 2014 Registration and Induction 29 September 12 December 2014 Semester 1 Teaching and Assessments 15 December January 2015 Study Break 5 January 9 January 2015 Semester 1 Teaching and Assessments Semester 1 Assessment and Examination January Period University of Groningen January 2015 Induction Week 2 February 20 March 2015 Semester 2 Teaching and Assessments 30 March 2015 Selection of University for Dissertation 23 March 10 April 2015 Semester 2 Assessment and Examination Period 13 April 29 May 2015 Semester 2 Teaching and Assessments 8 June 10 July 2015 Semester 2 Assessment and Examination Period Dissertation 8 December 2015 Dissertation Submission January 2016 Viva for all students, either based in Newcastle or Groningen January/February 2016 Final Exam Board January/February 2016 Graduation ceremony Groningen June/July 2016 Graduation ceremony Newcastle 1 Please note that these dates may be subject to change. Please consult with the degree programme director, Dr Stefanie Reissner, 2 Both institutions work together to ensure there is no overlap between Semester 1 and 2. Further details of exact assessment dates will be provided by the programme team. Dissertation The dissertation is worth 50 credits and is the opportunity for you to integrate and apply your learning to real-world situations and problems. The dissertation is a major piece of work (15,000 words), which will enable you to apply the knowledge and skills developed during the taught element of the Advanced International Business Management programme to your chosen topic. You will be expected to demonstrate evaluative and analytical ability, gain an in-depth knowledge of the topic and understand the relevance of the context in which the investigation is set.

9 The dissertation also allows you to challenge and contribute to management knowledge, understand the complexity of the world of organisations and business and appreciate the practical applicability of management theory. The dissertation will be completed by December There will be an oral defence (viva) scheduled in January 2016 to test your ability to defend your work and establish whether you have a satisfactory knowledge of the wider field surrounding the research topic. Degree programme regulations The Degree Programme Regulations detail the modules to be studied on your Master s degree and any progression requirements, such as the need to pass the taught modules of the degree before proceeding to dissertation. It is important that you read these and make sure you know the requirements of your Master s degree. Degree Programme Regulations are available online at Programme specification A detailed description of the programme structure, programme aims and learning outcomes can be found in the Programme Specification online at This includes information on the knowledge and understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and transferable/key skills which you are expected to develop and demonstrate during your studies. University regulations It is important that you familiarise yourself with the University Regulations, in particular the Postgraduate (Taught) Progress Regulations and Examination Conventions which detail the regulations for study and award of a Master s degree. This includes conditions for reassessment in failed modules and criteria for eligibility of a Master s award. You are expected to read these and make yourself aware of their implications. 8 Postgraduate research Students who are successful in their Master s programme may wish to consider applying for a PhD with Newcastle University Business School. Newcastle University Alumni may also qualify for a discount on PhD fees. Further details of the research areas covered within the School and details of research programmes are available online at Visas Students who require a visa to study in Newcastle are responsible for procuring this prior to arrival or prior to returning to Newcastle for their dissertation. Please visit for details and contact Newcastle University s Visa Team for guidance on this process. The Newcastle University Visa Team are available to help you apply for your Dutch visa. MORE: ncl.ac.uk/nubs

10 Newcastle University Business School: Postgraduate Handbook Your assessment 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 and the 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 opposite. 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. All assignments for Business School postgraduate modules must be submitted by on the specified deadline date. 9 Most assignment deadlines are set at 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 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. Opposite is an overview of the assessment methods for the taught modules taken at Newcastle University Business School. Further details of the assessment structure will be provided during the taught sessions for each module.

11 Module Individual assignment(s) The International Business Environment 100% Group assessment Managing Across Cultures 80% 20% Strategy for Managers 100% Managing Organisations and People 100% Quantitative Methods for Business 90% 10% Research Marketing Research for Dual Award 100% Examination Award of dual degree Upon successful completion of all elements of the programme, you will be awarded an Advanced International Business Management MA from Newcastle University and an International Business and Management MSc from the University of Groningen. Grading scale For all modules receiving dual recognition and the joint dissertation the grading scale opposite is used: How Groningen resits translate The regulations regarding resit assessments differ between institutions. You will be able to resit/resubmit assessments for the modules taken in Groningen as outlined in their regulations. However, the following rules will apply for the recognition of these marks towards the Newcastle award: Newcastle Groningen end grades without decimals 1. If you resit/resubmit an assessment (or part thereof) after failing your first attempt, the grade for the resit/ resubmission will be capped at 50 in line with the regulations at Newcastle. Groningen module grades with decimals 95% % % 8 (Distinction) % 7(Merit) % 6 (Pass) % 5 (Fail) % % % % In line with the Newcastle regulations, if you have passed an assessment in Groningen but choose to resit/resubmit, the grade from the first attempt will appear on the Newcastle transcript and will be used to calculate the overall average for the Newcastle award. 10 Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC) If you have any extenuating circumstances that affect your ability to study at any stage of the programme, the PEC process at Newcastle will apply. For details, please visit Further information is also given in the Postgraduate Study Guide. MORE: ncl.ac.uk/nubs

12 Newcastle University Business School: Postgraduate Handbook For more information Newcastle University Business School 5 Barrack Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SE UK Telephone: Disclaimer The matters covered by this brochure and other information that we provide for students, are naturally subject to change from time to time, both before and after a candidate s admission. The University may have to make such changes without notice. Further details of the University s policies, procedures and regulations can be found at Newcastle University, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne trading as Newcastle University. ncl.ac.uk/nubs

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