N1T717 Business Administration (Online) MBA Postgraduate Taught 2020
Flexibility is at the heart of the Durham Online MBA programme as you can personalise your programme to meet your career goals. You can study fully online, complete some of your learning at Durham, and undertake relevant optional modules.
The global spread of students, alumni and faculty will give you the ability to network virtually with people from across the world, and from a wide range of business sectors.
Online MBA in detail
Structured around a two-year study calendar, you can choose to undertake the programme 100% online or take a blended approach where you combine your online learning with residential modules. Whichever way you choose, our comprehensive induction will equip you with an essential toolkit of study skills to help you prepare for your MBA.
DUO is our virtual learning environment and will be at the heart of your Online MBA experience. Through this, you’ll have 24/7 access to your learning materials including videos, industry insights and articles and will participate in a range of online activities that will help to immerse you in the subjects that you choose to study.
Connecting with other students is a key part of your learning experience and you will also benefit from joining live webinar sessions and taking part in tutor-facilitated group discussions via our online forum.
You will be expected to devote around 15 hours per week to study. Online modules are delivered over a 12 week period, including assessments.
Optional residential modules are offered in Durham at points throughout the year, bringing together students from around the world to provide support and inspiration to drive you forward. A study plan is provided for each cohort, and a programme team is available to help with module choices.
You will complete:
- Five core modules
- Two optional modules
- Strategic Case Analysis
Five core modules
These are the foundation of your programme – establishing the management knowledge, understanding and research skills every leader needs.
- Accounting, Finance and Economics
- Leading and Managing People
- Operations and Technology
- Strategic Management
Two optional modules
Depending on your career aspirations, you can either choose to study two optional modules that you find particularly interesting and most relevant to your future career.
Or alternatively, you can choose to study two modules within a structured pathway focusing on the area of entrepreneurship, consultancy or technology.
Modules on offer are dependent on demand, but in previous years have included:
- New Venture Creation
- Management Consultancy
- Project Management
- Business Analytics
- Technology Innovation
- International Business in Context
- Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation,
- Consultancy: Management Consultancy and Project Management, or
- Technology: Business Analytics and Technology Innovation
Strategic Case Analysis
The Strategic Case Analysis replaces the traditional university dissertation. It is an in-depth study of key organisational issues, which is more in keeping with the needs of business and management today. It is an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired through core and optional modules to a project that is of relevance to you, for example in your own organisation, a supplier, a competitor or another organisation in the private, public or voluntary sector.
The Durham Online MBA Residential brings together students from across the globe to provide support and inspiration to drive you forward in your studies. These optional sessions give you the opportunity to attend modules at our world-class business school facilities in Durham, where you will have access to the very latest IT and library services. The Residential also includes speaker events, a variety of social events, and a truly unique opportunity to enjoy the Durham experience.
Course Learning and Teaching
The programme is structured around six core modules, plus a compulsory research methods module, with a further five elective module choices. This is followed by a 15,000-word dissertation to allow students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework.
Residential modules involve four days of intensive lecture-based study, led by the module leader and supported by a course textbook and access to lecture materials on the virtual learning environment. Distance learning modules are delivered using specially written and recorded resources produced under the supervision of the module leader; students also benefit from access to a tutor throughout each module. The role of the tutor is to provide support at a distance (generally by email, but also by telephone or group discussion boards if appropriate) by providing feedback on formative assignments and being available for consultation and advice. Tutor support and feedback to the students is monitored by the module leader(s) responsible for overseeing module content, structure and delivery.
Students choosing either taught or distance learning routes also benefit from a virtual classroom experience in the form of live webinar sessions led by either the module leader or tutor for the module. This provides an opportunity for smaller groups of students to discuss and debate issues based on knowledge gained through lectures and independent study outside the programme’s formal contact hours.
In either route, lectures and learning resources provide key information on a particular topic, and identify main areas for discussion and debate within current managerial thinking. Students are further supported in writing their dissertation through the study of research methods, and through contact with an allocated supervisor. The role of the supervisor is to provide guidance in the formulation of the research methods and advice in its analysis and presentation as well as helping to inform the academic research process.
Students can also attend an annual Summer School held at Durham which offers a range of workshops based on modules in the programme in addition to career advice, guest speakers and networking opportunities. They also have the opportunity to attend an International Study Week at an overseas location, which offers the opportunity to learn about the business, economy and culture of another country, gain an ‘insider perspective’ on international businesses and network with key business staff.
Outside of timetabled contact hours, students are expected to undertake their own independent study in preparation for seminars, assignments and other forms of assessment including exams, and general background reading to broaden their subject knowledge. All members of teaching staff are also available to provide additional support on a one-to-one basis via weekly consultation hours.
Students are welcomed and encouraged to visit the Business School at any time, both to resolve academic problems and to visit the Programme Office and use the School’s facilities.
Subject requirements, level and grade
- A minimum of three (preferably five) years' relevant work experience since graduation of a managerial nature.
- An Upper Second Class Bachelor Degree or international equivalent.
Lack of formal qualifications is not necessarily a barrier to admission; managerial experience is also a key consideration for entry to our Online MBA programme. In such cases, we may ask you to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating capability in areas such as management experience, including critical thinking skills and communication skills.
Additionally, candidates whose first language is not English will normally be required to demonstrate evidence of proficiency in English language as follows: a recent English language test score of 7.0 or above in IELTS with no element below 6.0, or 102 or above in TOEFL IBT with no element below 23.
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.
How do I apply?
You will need to complete the online application form.
As well as your online application, please submit the following:
- Your CV or resume including: full details of previous employment, dates of employment, main duties and responsibilities, salary per annum (in £ sterling) and any periods of unemployment including dates and an explanation
- Two employer references
- Copy of your degree certificate (where appropriate)
- Copy of your 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.
English Language requirements
Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
How to apply
Fees and Funding
|EU Student||£12,000.00 per year|
|Home Student||£12,000.00 per year|
|Island Student||£12,000.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£12,000.00 per year|
Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/finance/tuition
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