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1 year full-time


Durham City

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Business School Programmes

Course details

Our MSc in Management is designed to equip you with the latest tools, techniques and knowledge, as well as the skills and confidence that are essential to becoming a successful manager in the changing and often complex world of business.

The course is taught over one year full-time and consists of core and optional modules which are delivered in a supportive learning environment by subject specialists who will challenge you to achieve your best.

Core modules include topics such as business strategy, economics, accounting, organisational behaviour, supply chain management, and marketing. You also choose a number of further modules from a wide range of options so whether your interests lie in ethical leadership or heritage management, employee relations or decision making you will find something to meet your needs. Finally, you can choose between a research-based dissertation or a practical business project on a subject of particular interest to you.

We are in an elite group of UK institutions accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs and the European Quality Improvement System, which reflects our reputation for the high academic quality of teaching in the Business School.

As well as learning in the formal teaching framework, you will also be able to take part in business related events such as the Durham Speaker Series, providing the opportunity to network with senior business leaders, staff and alumni and the Blueprint competition which will encourage you to create ideas for new businesses and to pitch for investment.

World class Business Education

  • 5th (UK) - Financial Times: Masters in Management 2023
  • 8th (UK) 38th (Europe) =51st (Global) - QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management 2024

Course structure

Core modules:

Strategy aims to explain business success or lack of success by looking at a firm’s resources and capabilities in relation to the commercial opportunities that arise. This module considers both the relationship between a firm’s strategy and the external environment and with its own internal set-up.

Business Economics and Accounting develops skills in the application of economic analysis in business decision-making and planning and will provide you with an understanding of the key economic aspects of the business environment and the impact of changes in that environment at a national and international level. You will also develop an understanding of accounting information, its forms, purpose and the needs of its users.

Organisational Behaviour focuses on key issues concerning the behaviour of individuals in organisations and will include subjects such as personal and mental ability, management of attitudes and work motivation, leading others and corporate social responsibility.

Operations and Supply Chain Management explains the complexities of managing operations and supply chains with an emphasis on critically evaluating the principal processes which add value, primarily in manufacturing but also in service sectors.

Strategic Marketing Management offers a full introduction to strategic management, marketing planning and professional marketing practice and will give you the skills needed to develop a professional strategic marketing plan.

Research Methods and Dissertation (General Management or International route) provides the necessary training to undertake advanced-level research. You will investigate a relevant topic, and, using material from core and optional modules, complete a dissertation. This can be undertaken here at Durham or abroad at a partner university. This module will introduce you to a variety of research methods in the social sciences, including both quantitative and qualitative methods and enable you to review research studies, their theoretical principles, methods and findings.

In recent years, optional modules have included:

  • Arts, Heritage and Tourism Marketing
  • Strategy Simulation and System Thinking
  • Buyer Behaviour and Marketing Innovation
  • Consulting
  • Work and Society
  • Decision Making and Business Option Modelling
  • Thinking Entrepreneurially
  • East Asian Business and Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Reward Strategy
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Global Business
  • Global Marketing
  • Global Sport Business
  • Global Supply Chain Leadership
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • International Study Tour
  • The Science of Leadership
  • New Venture Creation
  • Competitive Strategies and Organisational Fitness
  • Project Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Retail Marketing Management
  • Designing and Marketing Services
  • Social Marketing
  • Society and Sustainability
  • Moral and Corporate Trust: Trust and Business Ethics
  • A language module such as those offered by the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study

Careers and employability

The academic rigour of the course coupled with the highest standards of teaching and our triple business school accreditation means that, on completion, graduates are well-placed to launch successful and rewarding careers in the exciting and sometimes challenging business world. As a result, many of our graduates are employed by prestigious employers across the globe including international banks, publishers, media agencies, financial organisations and in government.

The strong international element to the course has contributed hugely to our alumni network, numbering around 36,000 across 140 countries, and you will be able to take advantage of networking opportunities as you look to take your next step in your professional business career.


The course is primarily delivered through lectures and seminars, with occasional guest presentations by leading international academics and practitioners.

Lectures are designed to provide the key content of a particular topic and seminars will give you the opportunity to join smaller groups to discuss and debate issues raised in lectures or resulting from your independent study.

Among the core modules, you will be required to complete a dissertation or a business project. The dissertation will allow you to carry out independent research and develop your skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. It can be undertaken here at Durham or can be internationally focused.

The business project usually involves an external organisation and gives you the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the course to solve a real-life problem.


Assessment for this course is thorough and ongoing. You will be assessed by assignments, exams and a major dissertation or business project. You will be expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in preparation for these assignments and the other forms of assessment including exams.

Entry requirements

Application Deadline:

October 2024 start

Please note: The application process will open 1st October for entry the following academic year. Our application deadline dates for this programme are:

  • Applications from individuals resident in Mainland China must be received by 23.59hrs, 31 March 2024.

There is a high demand for places on these programmes. To maximise your chances of being offered one of these places, we recommend that you submit your application to the University as early as possible.

We aim to have a diverse student body and recognise that we can only offer places to a finite number of applicants. To help achieve our aim, we look to ensure we offer places to applicants from all nationalities and close applications when we receive the allocated numbers.

The University is under no obligation to make any offer of a place on the programme to any applicant, nor is the University obligated to fill all spaces available on the programme.

Masters in Management programmes are intended for graduates in any subject or discipline; no previous study in business or management is necessary. For example, in the past we have had graduates from a diverse range of degrees such as Music, Anthropology, Medicine and Geography. Business and Management undergraduate students may find some content overlaps with their first degree.

This programme is intended for graduates in any subject or discipline; no previous study in management is necessary. Please note, however, management undergraduate students or students who have completed a professional management qualification may find some content on this programme overlaps with their prior learning.

What do I need first?

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree. Check the full list of equivalent qualifications.

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

NB Chinese Applicants: Applications will be accepted from students who have graduated from a prestigious university in China. Entry requirements may vary depending upon the reputation of the university you have graduated from and the academic programme you have applied for. As a guide, applicants are expected to have achieved an overall average of 85%.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete an online application form.

Please note you can only apply for one Masters Management programme.

>>Fill out the online application form

To support your online application form, you will need to provide the following documents.

  • Official transcript of marks
  • Copy of degree certificate (if available)
  • Copy of English test results (if available).

You can either upload your supporting documents with your online application or email or fax them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office using the contact details below.

Note:Only files of type .doc, .docx, .gif, .jpg, .pdf, .png, .rtf are permitted to be uploaded.The maximum file size is 5MB.

Application fee

Once we receive your online application form, you’ll get an automatic email within 48 hours asking you to pay the £60 application fee* which is required to progress your application.

You’ll need to follow the link in the email to the webpage where you can confirm your details and make the payment using a debit or credit card. This is a secure website operated by Secpay, which will send you an automatic receipt of payment.

Once we receive confirmation that your application fee has been paid, we’ll be able to progress your application. If you do not pay the application fee your application will be automatically withdrawn.

*Please note you will only be able to make a payment for one programme in each suite i.e. one MSc Finance programme, one MSc Management programme, one MSc Economics programme.

College membership

All students of Durham University will become a member of one of our Colleges. Here is more information about what college membership means to our students. Once you have accepted your postgraduate offer, the Accommodation and Allocations Office will contact you with further information regarding how to express college preferences. You can also apply for college accommodation if you wish to.

Admissions process

Here are the steps in the admissions process:

  1. We will let you know when we’ve received your application.
  2. Once we’ve received all of your supporting documents, we will email you to let you know our decision.
  3. If the decision is to make you an offer of a place on the programme we will let you know by email. Please note we do not issue hard copy offer letters as these are not required to obtain a student visa.
  4. You should confirm acceptance of your offer as soon as possible. In order to secure your place, you are required to pay a deposit within six weeks of the date of your original offer (check your offer documents for details of payment methods).
  5. International students requiring a student visa will receive a CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Studies) via email once all offer conditions are met, acceptance and deposit have been received and you are within five months of the start date of your programme.

Please note: You must let us know your own personal email address when applying. Please do not use a university-linked email which may stop working once you complete your bachelor degree.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £14,500 per year
EU students £31,500 per year
Island students £14,500 per year
International students £31,500 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.


We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

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Career opportunities

Business School

Our postgraduate programmes with a focus on employability fully equip you with the skills and industry insight to embark on a successful and rewarding business career.

The knowledge and understanding you develop reflect the Department’s values of sustainability, wellbeing and equality of opportunity across the globe.

You gain a combination of analytical and practical skills that employers value, such as independent thinking and problem-solving, and are able to enhance your people skills that are essential in business and much sought after by employers.

Department information

Business School

The School is one of the UK’s longest established business schools and one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

We consistently rank highly in independent league tables for both the quality and reputation of our Department, with teaching delivered by a world-class academic community that includes experienced business professionals and researchers who work across a wide variety of business disciplines.

We recruit students from around the world onto our postgraduate programmes. Our students take part in live business projects, internships and placements as part of their studies, enabling them to apply their knowledge to practical challenges in the most forward thinking companies. We have an active alumni network of more than 36,000 graduates in over 140 countries.

Research Excellence Framework

Read more about our results in the recent REF 2021.


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