Northumbria University

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused professional university with academic excellence sitting firmly at its core. The university is recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of their students and graduates. According to the latest Higher Education Business and Communities Interaction (HEBCIS) survey 2020/21, turnover for Northumbria graduate start-ups exceeded £95.3 million – placing the University in the Top 5 nationally as well as first regionally1.

Northumbria University is currently Top 25 in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment2 and ranked in the Top 25 in the UK for research power, according to the results of the latest Research Excellence Framework3.

Northumbria University offers mainly assignment-based Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programmes with well-paced schedule for busy adults.

Newcastle Business School

Northumbria University’s Business Degrees are developed by research-engaged academics and highly experienced business practitioners.

Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University is amongst the elite 1% of institutions worldwide offering Business Degrees with Dual Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and is the first institution in Europe to gain double accreditation.

The AACSB accreditation is an internationally recognised, specialised accreditation for Business schools. It assesses standards across the whole school, from taught programmes to research and internal operations. It is also a sign of quality that employers recognise, and graduates from AACSB-accredited schools are known to be career-ready.

1 Based on data from: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/07-06-2022/he-business-community-interaction-2021
2 Based on data from: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/graduates
3 https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/ref-2021-golden-triangle-looks-set-lose-funding-share
4 https://www.aacsb.edu/accredited/n/northumbria-university

 

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  • Why Our Programmes?
  • University Accreditations, Recognition and Memberships
  • Direct Honours Bachelor’s Degree Programmes with Dual Specialisations
    • Completion within 16 months4
    • Choose from a wide range of disciplines including Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Communication and Media, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Counselling, Humanities and Social Sciences and Law
    • Direct entry for recognised Diploma Holders5
    • Mostly assignment-based assessment with exception of Accounting Degree

    Master’s Degree Programmes

    • Completion within 15 months4
    • 100% assignment-based programmes to cater to working adults
    • High passing rates of more than 95%6

University Accreditations, Recognition and Memberships

  • Ranked 41st for Best UK Universities (The Guardian University Guide 2022)
  • Ranked 401st – 500th in the World University Rankings (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022)
  • Awarded 5 Stars in Overall Rating, Teaching, Internationalization, Employability, Facilities, Inclusiveness and Social Responsibility (QS Stars 2022)
  • Member of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Northumbria University Degrees are accredited by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE), an affiliation to the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China

 

Discipline Accreditations, Recognition and Memberships

Accounting and Finance

Business and Management

  • Ranked 50th for Business and Management Studies in the UK (The Complete University Guide – Business and Management Studies Subject League Table 2023)
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Marketing Management (Top-up)
  • EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS) for 21 Undergraduate programmes, more than any Business school in the UK. EPAS is part of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) accreditation programme – the leading international management development network.
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Management (Top-up)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Financial Management (Top-up)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Human Resource Management (Top-up)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with International Management (Top-up)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Marketing Management (Top-up)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Tourism Management (Top-up)
  • Member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Counselling

Psychology

Mass Communication

Testimonials
Neo John Ji
Neo John Ji
Managing Director, Kodi Engineering Services Pte Ltd
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
"I was driven to pursue an MBA as I felt stagnant in terms of my level of knowledge and desired a breakthrough in terms of my professional network. The in-depth and stringent MBA programme broadened my knowledge in managing the business with a prac..." Read More

Neo John Ji

Managing Director, Kodi Engineering Services Pte Ltd

Neo John Ji

Managing Director, Kodi Engineering Services Pte Ltd

Industry: Northumbria University Graduate (2021)
Programme taken: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

I was driven to pursue an MBA as I felt stagnant in terms of my level of knowledge and desired a breakthrough in terms of my professional network. The in-depth and stringent MBA programme broadened my knowledge in managing the business with a practical approach, allowing us to apply knowledge learned through the assignments.

Networking is the best part about taking up an MBA. In my cohort, there was a surgeon from a public hospital and there were many students in senior positions in large companies from various fields. This helped me to grow my connections.

My advice to those who are thinking of taking up an MBA is: Don’t think, just do. Taking up an MBA is not just a career-propelling act, but has taught me to prioritise the things I do daily while advancing my knowledge and challenging what I thought I knew, having managed a business for a decade. Furthermore, have an open mind and practice good time management while learning, re-learning and challenging yourself to greater heights.

With a growing percentage of the population holding at least a Bachelor’s Degree, it is imperative to have an MBA to stand out among your peers. From middle management executives to busy business owners like myself, taking the time and effort to achieve an MBA qualification will bring you a new skill set and mindset. Because Kaplan offers a manageable timetable for the programme, it is not difficult, speaking as a married man with three kids, similar to many peers in my class.

Lee Ang Seng
Lee Ang Seng
Managing Director, Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
"What drove me to pursue my MBA was the desire to gain new knowledge and learnings that are relevant to what I do in my current job. The modules covered were very relevant and were the most beneficial part of the programme to me, and they helped..." Read More

Lee Ang Seng

Managing Director, Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd

Lee Ang Seng

Managing Director, Beca Carter Hollings & Ferner (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd

Industry: Northumbria University Graduate (2021)
Programme taken: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

What drove me to pursue my MBA was the desire to gain new knowledge and learnings that are relevant to what I do in my current job.

The modules covered were very relevant and were the most beneficial part of the programme to me, and they helped me gain the knowledge necessary to lead my business. The programme allowed me to apply what I had learned in real work situations, such as in managing people, financial management and strategy planning.

For example, in the Strategic Marketing module, the various theories and models related to branding helped me to review and apply my internal and external brand positioning in my business. In the module, Managing in the Digital Economy, I learned to relate strategic issues such as technology adoption, digital marketing platforms and more, and consider how these could be broadly applied across business lines.

Furthermore, there was the opportunity to learn through group discussions and research work. As part of my assignment in the Leader Identity and Leadership module, I had the opportunity to interview a leader to understand his challenges and analyse his leadership style. Through this, I could reflect on my own leadership style.

My advice to those thinking of pursuing an MBA is to be mentally prepared that the end goal is not just the certificate, but the opportunity to expand one’s learnings and business knowledge through classes, study groups and research. Networking is certainly the best part about taking up an MBA programme. I had a regular study group where we met up regularly to catch up about work, apart from discussing assignments.

In my opinion, those who aspire to grow into a leadership role should take up this MBA programme.

Francesca Lauretta Aw
Francesca Lauretta Aw
Investigator, Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Pte Ltd
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Management (Top-up)
"Attaining a Degree has always been a personal goal of mine and achieving it has proven my capabilities. It has served as a ticket to job interviews and opportunities for career advancement. As my Diploma was in Legal Studies, it meant that I had n..." Read More

Francesca Lauretta Aw

Investigator, Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Pte Ltd

Francesca Lauretta Aw

Investigator, Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Pte Ltd

Industry: Northumbria University First Class Honours Graduate (2021)
Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Management (Top-up)

Attaining a Degree has always been a personal goal of mine and achieving it has proven my capabilities. It has served as a ticket to job interviews and opportunities for career advancement. As my Diploma was in Legal Studies, it meant that I had no business-related background. Knowing that attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management would add value to my portfolio, I chose a University with modules with real-world practicality.

Northumbria University was my choice as it is well-established and recognised worldwide, holds the Dual AACSB Accreditation and offers a Direct Honours Business Degree.

Through this journey, I learnt the important life skill of time management, as I had to manage my full-time job while attending classes at night and on the weekends.

I stand by the belief that the decisions I make today will determine the direction of my life tomorrow. Even though the journey was not smooth sailing, the support given by the University was immense and I am proud to have completed my programme with First Class Honours.

Joyce Neo
Joyce Neo
Programmes Executive, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Guidance and Counselling (Top-up)
"I had worked full-time at the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities Senior Activity Centre for three years and recently started working as a Programmes Executive at YWCA. Here, I aim to equip young women and mothers from marginalised backgrounds with work..." Read More

Joyce Neo

Programmes Executive, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)

Joyce Neo

Programmes Executive, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)

Industry: Northumbria University Student (2021)
Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Guidance and Counselling (Top-up)

I had worked full-time at the Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities Senior Activity Centre for three years and recently started working as a Programmes Executive at YWCA. Here, I aim to equip young women and mothers from marginalised backgrounds with work skills to improve their lives through employability.

I find it meaningful to work with the elderly and devise interventions to help with their gradual memory impairment and physical limitations. I am also passionate about reaching out to people in difficult situations and making a difference in their lives.

These reasons motivated me to pursue my education with Kaplan, first with a Foundation Diploma, followed by the Diploma in Psychology. This then gave me exemptions to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree with Northumbria University, where I chose to study the Bachelor of Arts in Guidance and Counselling.

The Degree is well-suited to my goal of becoming an asset to organisations that strive to improve the welfare of those in need. Northumbria University is well-recognised for its outstanding teaching, so I feel confident about achieving my Degree here. The lecturers, who are experts in their respective professional fields, also share their experiences and knowledge with us.

The programme may serve as a stepping-stone for those who aspire to expand their career opportunities in the sector and work with people from diverse backgrounds. All the modules covered have been comprehensive and applicable to my job scope.

After I have completed the programme, I plan to further my education with a Master’s Degree in order to be empowered to care for and understand how to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

Harivin S/O Ramasamy
Harivin S/O Ramasamy
Vehicle Inspector, Vicom Ltd
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)
"I decided on Northumbria University because I liked the University’s approach to my programme, even within each module; and I chose my major because it perfectly complemented my career aspirations. The programme has helped enhance my job perfor..." Read More

Harivin S/O Ramasamy

Vehicle Inspector, Vicom Ltd

Harivin S/O Ramasamy

Vehicle Inspector, Vicom Ltd

Industry: Northumbria University Graduate (2021)
Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)

I decided on Northumbria University because I liked the University’s approach to my programme, even within each module; and I chose my major because it perfectly complemented my career aspirations.

The programme has helped enhance my job performance. I now take steps towards self-improvement in my problem areas and continuously learn by setting personal benchmarks and reviewing them regularly. Learning leads to a better quality of life, boosts confidence and aids in personal development.

I would recommend my University to others as my overall experience was fantastic! I made a great group of friends as my class was big, and we always had laughs with the tutors.

Thanks to my tutors’ help and the content delivered, I exceeded my own expectations by achieving excellent grades. The lessons are completely related to the job you want to do, and the programme has made me rethink what career I want to pursue because it has opened the door to so many higher-paying jobs!

Terence Ong Wei Zhong
Terence Ong Wei Zhong
Civil Servant, Logistics Industry
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)
"I decided to study with Northumbria University at Kaplan in Singapore as it is among the top 1% of elite institutions worldwide*. I was also attracted to the largely assignment-based learning, which allowed me to better plan my time around my work..." Read More

Terence Ong Wei Zhong

Civil Servant, Logistics Industry

Terence Ong Wei Zhong

Civil Servant, Logistics Industry

Industry: Northumbria University First Class Honours Graduate (2020)
Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)

I decided to study with Northumbria University at Kaplan in Singapore as it is among the top 1% of elite institutions worldwide*. I was also attracted to the largely assignment-based learning, which allowed me to better plan my time around my work schedule to complete and submit assignments. As for my choice of major, I chose it as it is related to my current job and I wanted to enhance my knowledge in the field.

The programme has helped to strengthen my job performance. With its assignment-based curriculum, it gave us a more practical education, allowing students to apply the knowledge learned in classes through the assignments given, which were similar to projects assigned at work. In addition, all the research done based on real companies or situations gave me much exposure to current market sentiments and trends, to learn and improve on some “outdated” practices.

Given the good reputation of Kaplan and its collaboration with reputable universities, taught by very knowledgeable lecturers, I would recommend Kaplan.

*Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Kueck Joo Sen
Kueck Joo Sen
Senior Manager, Service Industry
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)
"My first choice was Northumbria University as it is one of the largest universities in the UK, and its programme structure was suitable for me as a working professional. The subjects offered in the Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Manageme..." Read More

Kueck Joo Sen

Senior Manager, Service Industry

Kueck Joo Sen

Senior Manager, Service Industry

Industry: Northumbria University First Class Honours Graduate (2021)
Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)

My first choice was Northumbria University as it is one of the largest universities in the UK, and its programme structure was suitable for me as a working professional. The subjects offered in the Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management Degree programme were diverse in scope and relevant to my current job in the Service industry.

While pursing my Degree, I had just started a completely new job after working for more than twenty years in the military. However, I succeeded in balancing the challenges of my new job and coping with lectures and assignments at the same time, which eventually led to me graduating with First Class Honours.

I would recommend my University to others as it is a widely recognised University with a good track record and the curriculum offered is relevant to today’s industry context. The lecturers are specialists in their own fields and are always willing to share their wisdom.

Glen Ho
Glen Ho
Continuous Improvement Lead, Pratt & Whitney
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)
"Northumbria University was my top choice because of the Degree programme’s industry relevance – learning the essentials of business strategy and management, as well as understanding how supply chain processes can be optimised, adds value to my cur..." Read More

Glen Ho

Continuous Improvement Lead, Pratt & Whitney

Glen Ho

Continuous Improvement Lead, Pratt & Whitney

Industry: Northumbria University Graduate (2021)
Programme taken: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)

Northumbria University was my top choice because of the Degree programme’s industry relevance – learning the essentials of business strategy and management, as well as understanding how supply chain processes can be optimised, adds value to my current role as a continuous improvement lead.

As a leader, I can deliver better results for my organisation through the Japanese concept of kaizen, or continuous improvement, and the application of lean management. The effectiveness of my training programme has also improved with my new wealth of knowledge.

Another reason for my choice is due to its location – the University is in central Singapore, which made it optimal for my part-time study efforts. The overall travel time was not excessive.

Programmes Offered

Accounting, Banking & Finance

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business with Financial Management (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time

Business & Management

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business with International Management (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Management (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Human Resource Management (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Marketing Management (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time

Communication & Media

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Mass Communication with Advertising (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Mass Communication with Business (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Mass Communication with Public Relations (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time

Education & Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Childhood and Early Years Studies (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Guidance and Counselling (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology (Forensic Psychology) (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business with Tourism Management (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time Full-time
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) International Hospitality and Tourism Management (Top-up)
Level: Bachelor's Degree Study Mode: Part-time