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NN12 Business and Management MBus Undergraduate 2012


UCAS code NN12
Degree MBus
Professional accreditation Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; European Quality Improvement Service (EQUIS)
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 4 years
Location Queen's Campus
Typical offers A Level
International Baccalaureate (IB)
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 0232

Course Content


For the graduates of today and tomorrow, being competitive and employable will depend on demonstrating innovation, flexibility and commitment to continued learning.

To meet these demands Durham Business School has created a new suite of business and marketing programmes designed to help students explore the world from new perspectives, to challenge accepted wisdom and to make a difference. These lead to what we believe to be the first ever integrated Masters degrees in Business and Management and Marketing.

We are looking for students who have shown and continue to show willingness and ability to learn, who are inquisitive and wish to learn more by investigating and researching, who show capacity for self-management and who are effective both on their own and in company with others. We believe that students who graduate from our new Business and Marketing courses will provide a strong foundation for the next generation of strategic managers.

The Masters in Business and Management, BA Business and Management, Masters in Marketing and BA Marketing share a common first year. This introduces the study of key business topics: People, Management and Organisation, Marketing, Decision-Making, Changing World of Business and Finance & Accountancy. Students start to develop business, investigation and project skills in a further module devoted to a range of business related activities such as developing a business plan for a new start-up. The modules work together to build your knowledge and develop key skills and techniques.

Year two sees the Business and Marketing degrees separate and build towards their specialist areas, though half of the modules remain common. Investigative and key business skills are developed further and integrated across the entire second year as well as forming a basis for the third year. The importance of international aspects of business is highlighted. The Business and Management degrees focus on the management of operations and information systems and offer optional modules in areas such as marketing, entrepreneurship and business law. 

Central to year three is the dissertation double module. Contemporary Issues in Management, a module based on inputs from specialist researchers and invited business speakers, and three further specialist modules complete the year on both programmes. The dissertation and the electives allow you considerable opportunities to focus your studies on areas of special interest and to engage more closely with the School's research groups through seminars and guest speaker programmes.

Students who have successfully completed years one, two and three can exit at this stage with a BA (Hons) in Business and Management.

The Masters year is based around working on a major research project connected with one of the School's research groups. Each year the research groups put forward projects related to business organisations and are closely linked to staff interests and research. Masters students will bid for these projects and work as part of the research group under the supervision of specialised tutors. A highlight of the Masters year is the research conference where students present their work to business partners. The best work will also be published in Durham Business School's web-based journal.

Teaching and assessment details

Our approach to learning and teaching is to develop our students as people and positive contributors to business and the wider society through their ability and commitment to investigate, to learn and to engage with others in applying learning to create improvement.

An important aspect of all our degree programmes is that you are encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and for developing essential business and communication skills. We expect that from day one of joining our degrees you will become engaged in learning, investigation and research.

A wide variety of learning and teaching methods is used, including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, practicals, case studies and supervised research towards your dissertation. Some of your learning will consist of guided independent work and some will involve team working. You will learn how to use a variety of resources including electronic databases and electronic sources of texts and journals. Supervised study will enable you to develop and acquire a wide variety of key skills, such as acquiring information from diverse sources, analysing data using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and drawing valid, well-argued conclusions.

You will have the opportunity to gain a wealth of highly valuable generic and transferable key skills, including analytical and critical methods of thinking and problem solving, IT and quantitative techniques. You will also learn how to make presentations, write reports, manage your time and work both independently and as part of a team. In addition, you will acquire specialised skills, techniques and knowledge from your specific studies.

You will be encouraged throughout your degree to make contact with business and other organisations through study projects, internships and work placement.

Your degree programme will be assessed by a combination of assignments, project work, unseen written examinations and a dissertation.

Study Abroad

In an increasingly globalised world, a period of international study is a major benefit and can help you to stand out in a crowded job market. You have the option of spending your third year studying abroad at one of our international partner universities. This is an opportunity to develop foreign language skills, experience another country and learn about its culture. You will then return to Durham to complete the final year of your degree.

We currently have partner agreements with institutions in countries across the world including Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and USA.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University's general entry requirements and the programme specific entry requirements above, please note:

We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. 

We do not include General Studies as part of our offer.

We accept two AS-levels in place of one A-level. Grade B in Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent is required.

If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multi-disciplinary programmes to prepare you for a range of specified degree programmes. 

We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23); Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A

Requirements and Admissions

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Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the very best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments and opportunities to explore college options they will provide a full experience of Durham University for any prospective undergraduates.

Pre-application open days at Queen's Campus, Stockton will take place on:

  • Friday 15 June 2012
  • Friday 22 June 2012
  • Friday 14 September 2012

Further details and information on how to book.

Campus tours

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Department Information

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

The best start to a career in business begins with learning from the best in the business.

Taught at Queen's Campus, Durham University Business School's degrees in Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Business Finance and Marketing, are designed to help you understand essential and advanced concepts of business, finance, economics, accounting, marketing and management. An internationally renowned research-led business school and one of the longest established in the UK, our degrees offer learning that is stimulating and challenging, providing ideal preparation for graduate employment or further study. Results in the 2010 National Student Survey (NSS) show 88% of Business students were satisfied with the quality of their course, whilst 84% had secured employment or further study within six months of graduating. The School is one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies - AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS; in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) 95% of the School's research was judged to be of international quality and above.

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The Information Resources Centre at Queen's Campus offers superb library and IT services, including a large open access computer area. The library's excellent collection of books, journals and original source materials in business and finance is complemented by access to online electronic information resources.

You will also use duo (Durham University Online), Durham's virtual learning environment, an integrated online solution to manage and improve your learning. duo offers structured learning content (web pages, lecture notes, interactive applications, audio and video clips) along with communication and assessment tools.


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