N2K607 Management MA Postgraduate Taught 2018
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.
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.
English Language requirements
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How to apply
Fees and Funding
£9,950 (when programme is completed in 30 months).
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.
Scholarships and funding
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
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Overseas Visit Schedule
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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.
Connecting with business
Over the years we've built strong links with many leading global organisations. Companies such as KPMG, Deloitte and RBS give our students access to 'live' issues and practical challenges. At the same time, business partners gain a fresh perspective from us and benefit from our research and insights.
Bringing great minds together across the globe
We are a truly international business school with over 100 nationalities in our student and faculty bodies. Diverse perspectives and experiences feed into our learning, providing a unique insight into cultural nuances around the world. What's more, through our partnerships with other international universities, we're able to tap into a huge pool of global knowledge.
Creativity and critical thinking are two of the most valuable -and often overlooked - business skills. That's why we focus our teaching on developing agile, independent minds. Equipped with these vital skills, our graduates can tackle whatever business brings, however unpredictable. Employers tell us this is what sets Durham graduates apart.
Looking to the future
We may be inspired by our past, but we are firmly focused on the future. We're currently investing in new world-class facilities to match our reputation including the expansion of the Mill Hill Lane site and the development of improved teaching, office and events spaces.