Durham University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Business Administration (Taught)

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Course summary

The Durham MBA will transform your career by enhancing your key business and leadership capabilities, enabling you to excel in a fast-moving global business environment. Combining theory and practical business experience, the Durham MBA will advance your knowledge and capabilities within a personalised career pathway closely aligned to your own professional aspirations. The Durham MBA is continually enhanced to ensure you perform at the cutting-edge of your profession. Both challenging and inspirational, the programme will take you on your journey to achieve your career goals. Personalise your pathway Our MBA programme includes a combination of core modules and specialist pathways, giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and capabilities and specialise in specific areas most suited to your own professional needs. Entrepreneurship Pathway The Entrepreneurship pathway is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and capability of management and corporate entrepreneurship, including the ability to create your own new business venture. You will also have the opportunity to attend master classes run by industry experts, as well as receive one to one mentoring from experts in the industry. Consultancy Pathway This pathway will enable you to build your consultancy capability by critically examining the complexities of managing projects in a business context including planning, monitoring, quality control and closure. You will explore the intricacies of leadership, culture, change and motivation of project teams. You will also have the opportunity to work within a company where you can put your knowledge and theory into practice. Technology Pathway As the role of technology continues to increase in importance to the world of business, this pathway will enhance your in-depth knowledge of business-analytics techniques and give you a critical insight into technology innovation. On this pathway you will increase your range of skills to interpret results and the relevance of them for your company. You will also develop the ability to choose appropriate techniques to apply to challenges and fully understand the role of technology as a game changer in terms of creating new products or markets.

Course details

Modules

You will study the following core modules: Accounting and Finance Economics for Global Business Leading and Managing People Marketing Operations and Technology Strategic Management The Boardroom Exercise Sustainability Strategic Business Project International Business in Context Careers Advancement Leadership Skills module.

Assessment method

The full-time MBA Programme is delivered through a mixture of sessions including lectures, case studies, individual and group presentations. Some sessions are delivered by guest speakers who are practitioners in the field. Students study 7 core modules, and select 5 elective modules which enables them to undertake more in-depth study of particular topics. This is followed by a 15,000 word dissertation or Business Project to allow students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. They are supported in writing their dissertation through the study of research methods, and attending individual meetings with an allocated supervisor, who monitors their progress and provides advice. Where students choose to complete a Business Project rather than a Dissertation, this can be self-sourced or arranged by Durham Business School. The Business Project allows an opportunity to put new skills into practice in the real world, working on a live project with a regional, national or international company. Students will typically attend 20 hours per week of core teaching in Term 1. In Terms 2 and 3 students would, on average (and dependent on elective choices), attend 12.5 hours per week of core and elective teaching. In addition, students have the following opportunities: (1) A Boardroom Simulation Activity in Term 2, integrating academic learning from core modules into a live boardroom situation (compulsory) (2) An International Study Week at an overseas location in Term 2, giving students the opportunity to learn about the business, economy and culture of another country, gain an ‘insider perspective’ on international businesses and network with key business staff. (3) A Charity Consultancy Project in Term 3 Our MBA “Leading Edge Programme” incorporates skills development, career management and the Durham Speaker Series and runs throughout the academic year. Students have the opportunity of unrestricted individual meetings with a Career Consultant throughout the year and during induction they attend a three-day Personal and Team Development residential activity and additional workshops over three days. In Term 1, students can attend 19 hours of various workshops; 29 hours in Term 2 and 21 hours in Term 3 to enhance their interpersonal skills and career management. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the London City tour, the monthly Durham Speaker Series events and the Annual Durham Convention. Outside of timetabled contact hours, students are expected to undertake their own independent study in preparation for teaching sessions, assignments and other forms of assessment including exams, and general background reading to broaden their subject knowledge. All members of teaching staff are also available to provide additional support on a one-to-one basis via weekly consultation hours.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • EQUIS
  • Association of MBAs
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Entry requirements

At least three years’ continuous post-graduation work experience in positions demonstrating a high degree of responsibility. Upper Second Class Bachelor Degree, or international equivalent Lack of formal qualifications is not necessarily a barrier to admission; managerial experience is also a key consideration for entry to our Full-time MBA programme. In such cases, we may ask you to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating capability in areas such as your management experience, including critical thinking skills and communication skills. Alternatively you may be required to provide a well-balanced GMAT score of a minimum of 600 (Durham GMAT code: BBB-W0-80). IELTS of 7.0 or above in IELTS with no element below 6.0, or 102 or above in TOEFL IBT with no element below 23.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £35000 Year 1
EU £35000 Year 1
International £35000 Year 1
England £35000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £35000 Year 1
Scotland £35000 Year 1
Wales £35000 Year 1
Channel Islands £35000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships available for 2022 entry will be determined in September 2021. Over 60 scholarships are available, each year. Some scholarships are awarded to more than one person. For further information see the course listing.

Business Administration at Durham University - UCAS