The job market is ever-changing. Roles, which have not been around long – such as Data Scientist, Cyber Security Officer and Business Analyst, now regularly feature on job sites. Technology is a key driving force behind this.

To best prepare graduates for a good start in their career, universities must respond to these rapid changes. They do so by keeping their curriculum under constant review so that graduates can enter the job market with the most up-to-date knowledge and skillset desired by employers.

Postgraduate Business Programmes Revamped

As part of our commitment to offering students the most relevant education, all Northumbria University London Campus postgraduate “Business with” masters programmes, as well as MSc Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management and MSc Digital Marketing, have been reviewed. Changes will apply to students joining the 2020/21 Academic Year.

So what’s new?

Language Skills Development

The main changes include new or updated modules, each focusing on different knowledge areas and skillsets.

Academic Language Skills for Post-Graduate Business Students specifically focuses on business language skills. The main aim of this module is to prepare students to become independent learners and identify skills which they will need on their chosen undergraduate programme.


In today’s workplace, soft skills play a very important role. To ensure effective collaboration, it is crucial employees have great listening, adaptability and teamwork skills. In a world that progressively relies more on automation, soft skills will be even more sought after.

To equip students with these in-demand skills, a new module, Leadership and Management Development has been introduced. The focus of this unit is to engage students in personal and professional development to evolve their team working, management and leadership skills, alongside their capabilities and attributes, to enhance their employability. Students will receive guidance on effective CV writing and will learn how to utilise their LinkedIn profile in the postgraduate job search.


Finally, the Research Methods and Analytics for Business Practice module has been added to provide students with essential knowledge and analytical skills needed to complete a high-quality Masters’ Dissertation or Consultancy Project and beyond. Students will learn a comprehensive range of research methods and business analytics techniques. They will also gain some understanding of research philosophy and ethics and will be able to write a research proposal to bring these ideas together.

Students will be introduced to analytics software such as SPSS. SPSS statistics analysis is a powerful tool designed to help businesses and researchers solve problems.

These modular enhancements mean that students are developing the future-proof skills required to compete in a competitive graduate job market. As businesses operate more globally and become more culturally diverse, soft skills acquired during this programme will also help postgraduates in securing their new role.

If you would like to learn more about the changes to our Business programmes, please visit one of our course pages.

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