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World Top 40 for The Durham MBA

(25 January 2021)

The Durham MBA (Full-time) has been recognised as one of the top programmes in the world by The Economist Which MBA? Ranking 2021.

Our programme has been ranked 37th in the world. The School, for the first time in its history, has entered the world top 40 in this ranking, climbing 21 places from 58th in 2019. The School’s MBA is also ranked 2nd in the UK and 11th in Europe.

Professor Julie Hodges, Associate Dean of MBA and DBA Programmes, said:

“These rankings demonstrate the high quality and relevance of the Durham MBA in today’s global marketplace. It continues to develop as a world class programme which combines academic excellence with professional development and provides a challenging and leading-edge experience. Our students benefit from engaging with international businesses through the strong connections that the School has, enabling them to enhance their capabilities and expertise which are required for leading and managing in a complex and continuously changing environment.”

The Economist ranking assesses MBA programmes on a variety of factors, including quality of faculty, available facilities, quality of careers services and post-study salaries. Our programme was placed 6th in the world, 3rd in Europe and 1st in the UK on the section of the ranking showing the diversity of recruiters of the programme’s graduates, which demonstrates how the Durham MBA can open new career opportunities.

Professor Susan Hart, Executive Dean, said: 
 “These strong results from The Economist confirm the School’s position as one of the top global business school MBA providers. The ranking also demonstrates the School’s dedication to providing progressive, challenging and transformative approaches to business education and research.”

The Durham MBA transforms careers, enhancing key business and leadership capabilities. Our programme offers three pathways of Entrepreneurship, Consultancy and Technology, meaning students can tailor their studies to be specific to their career ambitions, and can choose the length of their programme to be either 12 or 15 months.

Durham is one of the UK’s longest-established business schools and carries the internationally recognised triple-accreditation of AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, placing it in the top 1% of business school across the globe.

More information

View the full ranking results on The Economist.

Find out more about the Durham MBA (Full-time).

Explore the Durham MBA (Online) programme.

Read about the Durham-EBS Executive MBA.

Students and alumni of our MBA programmes share their experiences in IMPACT magazine and you can also listen to The Lemonade Principle podcast for more insights.