Newcastle University Business School

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Age: MBA programme is 29 years old.

History: Management education in Newcastle dates back to the Twenties when commerce was taught to engineers, and management emerged as a discrete subject in the Forties. Newcastle University Business School was established in August 2002, but the AMBA-accredited MBA programme has been running since 1982.

Address: A new multi-million pound city centre site currently under development and located near the university campus and close to St James' Park, home of Newcastle United.

Ambience: The school is an integral part of this large civic university, which has a campus in the centre of Newcastle. The building combines classic architecture with state-of-the-art equipment. A new business school building is due to be completed in 2011.

Vital statistics: A small business school with 60 full-time and executive MBA students. The emphasis is on management issues such as globalisation, managing innovation, e-business and e-government. With ESC Grenoble, its long-term partner, it runs a DBA programme. The school also has more than 200 students studying a wide range of business-related subjects.

Added value: More than 100 faculty staff.

Easy to get into? You'll need a minimum of three years' work experience and a first degree or equivalent. Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS (score of 6.5) or equivalent.

Glittering alumni: Dr Tony Saia, managing director, Clark Chapman; Tim Shelton, chief inspector, Northumbria Police; Ken Boyle, human resource director, Rolls-Royce.

International connections: Strong research and teaching links with other business schools in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand. Visiting professors and academics from these institutions deliver some modules.

Gurus: Professors Ian Clarke, strategic marketing including decision making, sense making and discursive practices in senior management teams; Feng Li, strategic and organisational innovation including e-business; Steve Procter, teamwork; Cam Donaldson, health economics.

Student profile: The average age on the full-time MBA programme is 29; on the executive, it's 35. The male-to-female ratio is 70:30.

Cost: Full-time MBA cost is £18,800 and part-time it's £8,998. For the academic year 2010/11 the cost of the executive MBA is £17,500. This fee covers the whole of the two years of the executive programme and also includes travel and accommodation for the international management consultancy trip.

Who's the boss? Ian Clarke is director of the school and chair in strategic management and marketing. He is also vice-president of the British Academy of Management.

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