MA Management (part-time)
At a glance
|30 months part-time|
|Mode of study|
Our part-time Masters in Management is a post-experience programme. With the flexible option of online or taught modules, the programme combines academic rigour with real-world business relevance to provide a qualification that is recognised and truly valued by employers. More
Our part-time Masters in Management is a post-experience programme. With the flexible option of online or taught modules, the programme combines academic rigour with real-world business relevance to provide a qualification that is recognised and truly valued by employers.
Over forty years’ experience working with private and public sector clients has taught us that, for true professional development, you have to do more than just learn. You have to apply your learning in the workplace. Durham University Business School combines the rich heritage of Durham University with a progressive, dynamic approach to executive education. This enables us to deliver immediate high-impact results for individuals and organisations.
Each module has been developed by leading members of the Durham faculty, so you will benefit from the most advanced management knowledge. During the course, you will be taught by our world-class researchers, using a combination of physical and virtual classrooms. To make sure you have all the support you need to gain immediate benefits, you will also be assigned a Personal Tutor.
As a blended-learning, modular programme, you will be taught through a combination of classroom and state-of-the-art virtual courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out practical activities, including workshops, discussions, events and consultancy initiatives, designed to help you develop your personal skills and plan your future career strategy.
Your study programme will last for 30 months. You should normally attend two five-day Residential Workshops during the first two years (alternative online options may also be available), study six further modules online and complete a six-month individual project of 15,000 words.
The programme starts with a comprehensive induction, designed to refresh your study skills and to guide you through the requirements of the programme. As well as getting to know more about the Business School and meeting the MA team and fellow participants, you will learn about academic writing, referencing and how to access and use online study materials.
Classroom and virtual learning sessions are led by senior members of the Durham faculty. Experts in their field, they will share the very latest in business and management knowledge. What’s more, throughout your studies you will be given access to our careers support services, professional development activities and a Personal Tutor for each module.
- Seven core modules
- One elective
- Dissertation or business project
In year one you’ll study online or attend a five-day residential workshop in Durham:
- Business Economics & Accounting
You’ll study three online modules:
- Strategic Marketing Management
- Organisational Behaviour
In year two, you’ll study online or attend one further three-day residential workshop:
- Leadership or Human Resource Management
- Professional Development Activities
You’ll study three further online modules:
- Operations & Supply Chain Management
- Research methods
- One elective module selected from a range of specialist options available
Please note: the order in which modules are studied is dependent upon when you enrol and therefore may vary with the above.
The programme culminates with a six-month 15,000 word dissertation/business project on an approved topic and is overseen by a dedicated dissertation supervisor. This is normally undertaken in your own organisation and is an opportunity to analyse a practical, relevant management issue in some depth, demonstrating a critical understanding of the relevant theory and its applications.
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.
Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.
Learning and Teaching
Course Learning and Teaching
This blended-learning, modular programme is taught through a combination of classroom and virtual courses. Virtual learning is divided up into study weeks with specially produced resources within each week. Lectures provide key contents of a particular topic. . Resources vary according to the learning outcomes but normally include: video content, directed reading, reflection through activities, opportunities for self-assessment and peer-to-peer learning within a tutor-facilitated discussion board. The programme has some block taught modules which are taught at Mill Hill Lane over three or four days, learning outcomes are met through a combination of taught input, group work, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading and specifically self-study material. Students can also attend the Durham Speaker Series, providing the opportunity to network with senior business leaders, staff and alumni when visiting the School.
Students study 6 core modules including the dissertation, and select 3 elective modules which enables them to undertake more in-depth study of particular topics. The 15,000 word dissertation allows 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 individual consultations via Skype or telephone with an allocated supervisor who monitors their progress and provides advice.
Throughout the year, students may have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities which include professional development activities, careers support and speaker events.
Outside of contact hours, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study in preparation for teaching sessions, assignments and other forms of assessment including exams, and general background reading to broaden their subject knowledge. The Programme Director is able to provide students with general advice on academic matters. Module Tutors are also available to provide additional support on a one-to-one basis via Skype, telephone and email.
Students also have access to the facilities available at Mill Hill Lane including dedicated postgraduate working spaces, an onsite library and IT helpdesk when they visit the School.
Subject requirements, level and grade
- At least one year's work experience since graduation
- A good first degree (2.1 or above or international equivalent)
This course includes online activities, you will need a computer with reliable internet access. Our recommended operating systems are Microsoft Windows 7+ or Apple Mac MacOSx 10.9+.
We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection but a greater bandwidth (up to 8Mbps) will provide a better experience for some resources and events. If relying on an employer’s internet connection, be aware that firewall restrictions and policies may exist that prevent access to all or part of the course.
You will need:
- Recommended web browser Windows: Internet Explorer 11+, Chrome 39+, Firefox 34+ MAC OSX: Safari 8+, Chrome 39+, Firefox 34+
- The ability to open and edit Microsoft Office documents (e.g. Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or access to Googledocs)
- Flash player
- Ability to open .pdf documents (e.g. Adobe Reader)
- A headset or headphones and microphone
To participate fully in some online events students should have a webcam and to access some tools and resources you may need the ability to install software.
Applications should be made using the on-line application form. As part of the online application process, you will be able to upload your supporting documents. These should include:
- CV or work resume
- two references (at least one must be a professional reference) (download the form Word format)
- official transcript of marks
- certified copy of degree certificate
- copy of English test results (where appropriate)
Only files of type .doc, .docx, .gif, .jpg, .pdf, .png, .rtf are permitted to be uploaded.
The maximum file size is 5MB.
If you have any further questions regarding your applications, please contact us:-
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Durham University Business School
Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB, UK
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5533
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 5136
Alternatively, for programme-related matters, please contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.
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What our students think
Director, TrustPac Management Pte Ltd
I studied the programme online and attended optional residential weeks held in Durham. My job involves extensive travelling globally, so this fit in well with my work commitments. All students on the programme are expected to carry out independent studies and research, as well as attend compulsory webinar sessions and interactive forum discussions ensure constant engagement with the tutors and peers.
Before my studies at Durham, I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1994. Following this I was fortunate to head up and run a start-up company involving International Marketing. Subsequently, I took over ownership of the organisation in 2004. The firm was then restructured, and I continued the leadership in managing and organising the company's business development activities.
Over the years, the business operating environment has changed, and I needed to refresh my organisation and management skills to lead the firm to the next level. My initial search for the right business school was met with some frustrations until I came across Durham University Business School. One of the greatest attractions about Durham and the programme was that the knowledge gained could be applied immediately to the work context.
The University has a strong reputation for research and academic staff across the Business School are highly regarded in their research fields with vast experiences in industrial practices. My experiences working with academic and professional staff far exceeded my expectations. The academic tutors and administrative support teams have a genuine interest in our personal and professional development, and ensure we excel in our academic performance too. My learning journey, although challenging, was worthwhile.
Part-Time MA Management 2015
I was looking for a course that would give me practical options in my career in terms of management and career progression. As a lawyer, I had found that this is not something that necessarily forms part of the standard training programmes. Having researched the available courses and providers, I chose Durham’s part-time MA in Management based on the excellent reputation of DUBS for quality education and the practical content of the modules, many of which were relevant to the more corporate/finance experience that I had.
The DUBS technology and materials were very well presented and enabled students to play a full part in the course, ensuring that distance learning was not an isolating experience. A greater challenge was being able to devote adequate time to the course while working full-time - this in itself develops time management and organisation skills. The study schedules and materials that are provided as part of the course all assist in making the programme very structured and allow students to move smoothly towards completing the programme.
The MA Management programme has developed my knowledge of a wide range of aspects of organisational management. The most enjoyable modules for me were those relating to strategy and finance as these are the areas that had most practical overlap with my work. I have been able to apply many of the concepts in my career, and recently moved into a more commercial-focussed role. I would wholeheartedly recommend studying on one of the DUBS programmes.
Tristan Villien de Gabiole
Full-time MSc Finance and Investment 2011-12
The modules were particularly interesting... I don’t think I’ve ever improved my knowledge as fast. Thanks to my degree, I was offered a job in a private Wealth Management company. I would truly recommend Durham University.
Full-time MSc Finance 2011-12
The combination of classic financial theory with up-to-date research in modern fields, like behavioural finance, contributes to the development of a critical study approach which is extremely important for a professional.
The course is very challenging and requires hard work, but the rewards in terms of personal and professional growth are invaluable.
Executive MA Marketing
Blended learning is a fantastic way to study. I travel a lot, so need the flexibility to study wherever and whenever suits me.