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N1K017 Master of Business Administration MBA Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code N1K017
Degree MBA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5533

Course Content


The MBA experience at Durham Business School is about your learning and developing in a professional and friendly academic atmosphere.  Purpose-built for postgraduate education, we are dedicated to facilitating the best learning experience possible, influenced by the most recent developments in the field, and delivered by experienced teachers, researchers and consultants.  Our expertise, attention to quality, the attentiveness of staff and the rich diversity of students combine to offer you the best possible learning environment.  We don't pretend that the Durham MBA is anything other than challenging and demanding, as we believe that this is what you and employers alike expect.

Your MBA will have a hallmark of quality not only from Durham Business School, but also from a university with an impressive history and track record.

The MBA is designed for the real business world and brings together analytical skills with the all-important soft skills to make it relevant to today's environment. We ensure you get the opportunity to put these skills into practice through our exciting Boardroom Activity and via the Business Project.

The School's Continual Professional Development programme ensures you will learn key skills from leadership, effective communication and change management, to cross cultural awareness.

Course Structure

The programme consists of:

  • 7 core modules
  • 5 electives
  • business project or academic dissertation

Core Modules

  • Strategic Management
  • Managing in the Competitive Environment
  • Managing in the Global Environment
  • Managing Finance
  • Managing People
  • Modelling and Analysis for Management
  • Methods of Inquiry

Optional Modules

Please note that the elective modules on offer can change from year to year and not all modules will be available every year.

  • Business Transformation through Information Systems
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Reporting and Control
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Globalizing Strategic Management
  • Improving Management Decision Making
  • International Economics
  • International Enterprise Project
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Issues in Public Management
  • Leadership
  • Management Consultancy
  • Managing Marketing Communications
  • Project Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Innovation

Teaching and assessment details

Examinations, plus Dissertation or Business Project.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

  • A minimum of three (preferably five) years' relevant work experience since graduation of a managerial nature. Applicants may also be asked to offer a satisfactory score in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or equivalent.
  • A good degree or equivalent professional qualification*

English Language Requirements

  • 7.0 or above in IELTS with no element below 6.0, or
  • 100 or above in TOEFL IBT with no element below 25

English Language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 or above, with no element below 6.0, or 100 or above in TOEFL IBT with no element below 25.

Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.


  • F D Ellis MBA Scholarship
  • DBS Scholarships
  • The Durham MBA / Independent Newspaper Scholarships

Early-Bird Discount

Durham Business School is offering an early-bird discount of £1,000 on offers made before 30 April, and where the deposit is paid within 6 weeks of the offer date. For further information, please contact our Admissions Office on 0191 334 5533.

Programme fees 2012-13







Deposit £500
Balance £19,000
Total £19,500

Deposit £1,000
Balance £22,250
Total £23,250

Fees include: Continual Professional Development programme, Career Management programme, International Exchange Experience, language classes, £500 textbook allowance, and £50 study materials allowance.

Financing your studies

Some scholarships are available. Find out here which ones may be open to you.

Other possible sources of finance are:

UK Applicants

  • Career Development Loans
    Helps individuals pay for vocational education or training by offering a deferred repayment bank loan. Available for full-time, part-time or distance learning programmes. Further details available here or by telephoning 0800 585 505.
  • Learning and Skills Council (LSC) (Part-Time students only)
    European funding is sometimes available for candidates currently employed in Small to Medium Enterprises or for the unemployed. Funding varies each year so contact your local LSC for further details.
  • Bank Study Loan
    Some high street banks offer professional trainee/study loans where repayment is not requested until after you have completed your course. For more information, contact the banks direct.

Overseas Applicants

  • China
    Overseas study loans may be available through the Pudong Development Bank. Please check direct with the bank for further information.
  • British Council
    Can provide details of scholarships available in your own country. Please click here for further information.
  • Ministry of Education / Education Department
    Your local Ministry of Education may be able to provide details of funding available in your country.
  • Caribbean MBA
    For applicants to the Durham Caribbean MBA, loan schemes are available from the Barbados National Bank.
  • US - Federal Stafford bank loans
    Business Education Loan - available to US citizens and international students, who have a US citizen or permanent resident, co-signer. Federal Stafford Loan - you must be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the US. Further information is available here.

Other sources of information are:

Please note: Durham University cannot recommend that you take a loan nor recommend a lender. The options provided above are listed for your information only and do not constitute a recommendation by the University. All queries should be directed to the loan provider. Remember that these are personal loans between you and the loan provider (the bank or other organisation), and you are responsible for repayments. 

Career Opportunities

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

For information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and
details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please click here.

Open days and visits

Campus tours

Are you interested in studying at Durham University? Then why not come along to one of our Campus Tours? They run regularly at Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton on Wednesday afternoons. For further information, please click here.

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits

Department Information

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)


Durham University Business School is one of a small elite group of academic institutions worldwide who are accredited by all three major quality assurance bodies - AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This achievement is a testament to the quality of all our programmes, and gives you the extra assurance that they, and the School, have been rigorously tested and proven to be of high quality.

DUBS was ranked 17th in Europe in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking, January 2011, and our programmes are also consistently ranked among the best in the world by the Economist.

The School's diversity and international standing is reflected in our student intake, with over 100 nationalities across taught and research programmes. Academic staff are also from all over the world, making us 12th in the world for international faculty (Financial Times, January 2011).


Teaching Staff

Interested in who will teach you? For information on the Academics who are teaching on Durham Business School programmes, please click here.

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