European Dual MBA

Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School

Program Description

European Dual MBA

Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School

European Dual MBA

Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University in association with IDRAC, Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Lyon have created a new Dual European MBA award. The Dual European MBA programme is designed for those students who wish to work towards an MBA that incorporates academic study in two European locations: the United Kingdom and France.

The overall aim of the programme is to enable you to develop your managerial and leadership capabilities to help your organisation in becoming more efficient and effective within an increasingly competitive and dynamic economy.

The Dual European MBA lasts twelve months, covering three academic semesters. The first two semesters comprise the taught component of the programme with the final semester covering the dissertation/project element of the programme, which completes the MBA. Depending on which route you decide to take, the first semester will either be spent at IDRAC, Lyon or Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.

The second semester and dissertation period will then be spent at the other institution. You will spend approximately 3-4 months in the first location and the remainder of the year in the other. Thus providing a flexible and tailored education that is appropriate to your career choice. Further details of each route can be found on pages 4 and 5.

There are two possible routes that students can follow:

Option 1: Semester 1 – Newcastle Business School, Semester 2 and dissertation period – IDRAC, Lyon

Option 2: Semester 1 – IDRAC, Lyon, Semester 2 and dissertation period – Newcastle Business School


Dual European MBA is driven by the principles of reflective practice and experiential learning. It is designed to engender deep learning that uses innovative delivery methods, combining an academic and professional approach and one that is rooted in critical thinking. To achieve this, the Dual European MBA award is structured to encourage thinking that is based upon reasoning and evidence rather than inference and assumption. You will be encouraged to embrace the twin approach of learning-for-life and lifelong learning. You will be intelligent, articulate, confident, and motivated to share your experiences with others and commit to a challenging educational experience that will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and what you have to offer as a future manager.

You will engage with the principles and theories of business, management, leadership and organisations to develop frameworks for reviewing, reflecting, analysing and critiquing existing individual and organisational practices. The outcome of this process will be a critical appreciation, in building strategic capabilities and to understand contemporary business and management issues in a context of change. It will develop participants as leaders and managers to add value to the organisation. The programme, in terms of its underlying postgraduate goals embodies the principles of reflective practice, critical thinking and reflexivity.

The MBA comprises a number of core modules and two options delivered over two semesters, leading to a significant piece of research work, taken either in the form of an academic dissertation or a work-based action research project. The core component of the programme covers the functional areas of business, the essential principles of managerial practice, leadership development, strategic management, research skills and an examination of contemporary issues in business management. Options allow you to explore a specialist complimentary business area. These themed options include marketing, finance, human resource management, tourism, hospitality and operations management. Alternatively you can do a group consultancy project. The final third of the programme consists of a supervised individual research study in the form of a dissertation which will take a European based context or subject. Oncompletion of the dual European MBA, graduates will be awarded the MBA from both Northumbria University and IDRAC.

Residential, International Study Mission and Business Game

There are various shared activities such as the Developing Self Residential, which will take place in Semester one in the North East of England (involving Newcastle Business School full-time and part-time students as well as both streams of students on the Dual European MBA). The event aims provide an opportunity to get to know other students, but the primary focus of the residential is to provide you with opportunities for learning about yourself and identifying a set of personal objectives and learning areas for your future development. Students on the dual European MBA, from both possible routes will meet up in Newcastle for an induction session before meeting with the rest of Newcastle Business School MBA students.

The International Study Mission - a well established component of The Newcastle Business School MBA, is based in two European locations and will provide the opportunity to visit a range of multinational organisations.

The Business Game is a business simulation exercise based on taking the role of a senior management team running a car manufacturing business in competition with other teams. The simulation takes place over a period of weeks allowing a number of key decision points that affect the business outcome. As well as bringing together a wide range of subjects the simulation requires that you work effectively as a member of a team- a crucial skill in management.

Assessment and Coursework

The majority of assessment on the programme is by assignment in which you are expected to apply relevant knowledge to an organisational context. All assignments are designed to test your understanding of theoretical and applied perspectives and your ability to use this appropriately to critically analyse individual and/or organisational practices. Criteria will be provided so that you understand what is expected of you and how you will be assessed on your performance. You are required to demonstrate self-reflection and reflective practice where appropriate. You will be provided with feedback on your assignments and as part of reflective practice, this feedback can be utilised in the preparation of your subsequent assessments. Expectations of you are high and a rigorous programme of study and weekly reading and preparation means you will be expected to put in a significant amount of additional study outside of the timetabled study hours, typically 8 to 15 hours per week.


You may apply via Newcastle Business School or IDRAC. Normally entry is by possession of a first degree or professional qualification, plus normally three years relevant work experience in a managerial or supervisory position. As the MBA will be taught in English at both institutions, students whose first language is not English, are expected to have an appropriate level of English language attainment i.e. IELTS 6.5 for entry to Northumbria University and for IDRAC.

Students wishing to start at Newcastle Business School apply to Northumbria University in the first instance. Likewise, students wishing to start at IDRAC in Lyon will apply initially to IDRAC. To commence on the dual award, both partner institutions will agree an individual’s application.

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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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