Master of Business Administration (MBA)


The Durham MBA is designed to help you transform into a world-class business leader. By choosing to study an MBA at Durham you will have the opportunity to develop your strategic, analytical and critical thinking by applying theoretical concepts to global business situations, as well as enhance your capabilities for leading and managing people.

Personalise your pathway

Our all-new MBA programme includes a combination of core modules and specialist pathways, giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and capabilities and specialise in specific areas that are most suited to your own professional needs.

Entrepreneurship Pathway

The Entrepreneurship pathway is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and capability of management and corporate entrepreneurship, including the ability to create your own new business venture. You will also have the opportunity to attend master classes run by industry experts, as well as receive one to one mentoring from experts in the industry.

Consultancy Pathway

This pathway will enable you to build your consultancy capability by critically examining the complexities of managing projects in a business context including planning, monitoring, quality control and closure. You will explore the intricacies of leadership, culture, change and motivation of project teams. Including the project management frameworks of PRINCE2®, PMBOK® and AGILE®. You will also have the opportunity to work within a company where you can put your knowledge and theory into practice.

Technology Pathway

As the role of technology continues to increase in importance to the world of business, this pathway will enhance your in-depth knowledge of business-analytics techniques and give you a critical insight into technology innovation. On this pathway you will increase your range of skills to interpret results and the relevance of them for your company. You will also develop the ability to choose appropriate techniques to apply to challenges and fully understand the role of technology as a game changer in terms of creating new products or markets.

Programme Structure

You will study the following core modules

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics for Global Business
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Technology
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainability, Ethics and Change
  • Boardroom Experience
  • Strategic Business Project
  • International Business in Contect.

Pathway-specific modules:

  • Management Consultancy
  • Project Management


  • Entrepreneurial Management and Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • New Venture Creation


  • Technology Innovation
  • Business Analytics.

Boardroom Experience

Each pathway also benefits from the Boardroom activity, which is one of the most challenging but rewarding aspects of our MBA. The module is a real-life simulation of a boardroom and will give you the opportunity to apply the concepts and theories learnt during the core modules to a real board-level management team in an international organisation. This will allow you to enhance your analytical, critical thinking and strategic management skills and will also give you the opportunity to network with a number of different business professionals to develop key business relationships.

Strategic Business Project

Throughout your study, you will source, research and then produce a detailed report on a business project you have undertaken at an organisation of your choice. This consultancy exercise will give you the opportunity to analyse and evaluate tangible business issues and apply the knowledge you have acquired in the classroom.

International Business in Context

As part of your MBA programme you will visit an international business overseas. In addition to attending language classes throughout the year, you will visit leading international companies where you will test and examine academic business approaches in global companies and gain an appreciation of the complex nature of the different dimensions of business. This will help you to appreciate the challenges of global business and also give you the opportunity to apply your new language skills into practice.

Subject requirements, level and grade

What do I need to apply?

  • At least three years’ continuous post-graduation work experience in positions demonstrating a high degree of responsibility.
  • 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 Full-time MBA programme. In such cases, we may ask you to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating capability in areas such as your management experience, including critical thinking skills and communication skills. Alternatively you may be required to provide a well-balanced GMAT score of a minimum of 600 (Durham GMAT code: BBB-W0-80).
  • IELTS 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.


If you are successful at the initial review stage, we will invite you to attend an interview. This gives you the opportunity to discuss your choice, and visit the School and Durham City. We hold several MBA open events throughout the year where we arrange interviews.

Full Time Fees

EU Student £28,000.00 per year
Home Student £28,000.00 per year
International non-EU Student £28,000.00 per year

Personal Career Advancement

Your personal career advancement is an integral part of your full-time MBA journey. Designed by identifying what global MBA recruiters demand and in consultation with MBA alumni, you will build, explore, discover and create your profile to elevate your global career.

Our Careers team provide a dedicated personal consultancy service to all MBA students and graduates. Whether you’re looking to advance your career within your current function or sector, or switching career path, they will support you throughout your programme and beyond.

Coaching tailored to you

One-to-one appointments with an MBA Career Consultant are designed to help you with specific issues, from finding a route into your career to applying for your dream role. Our professional team can also connect you with other organisations or individuals to help kick-start your career.

Career workshops

These workshops are held throughout the year and are designed to enhance your personal skills. Core sessions include career and skills strategies, interview skills, developing a CV and covering letter, and networking.

Sector specific presentations

These sessions are delivered by specialists from within the industry. Subjects range from careers in finance, consultancy to renewable energy.

Leadership Capabilities

Your key leadership capabilities will be honed and enhanced through your tailored MBA experience, to provide you with the practical knowledge and training you need to succeed.

At the heart of your module, learning capability sessions will be led by our Careers team and business specialists to ensure you relate theory to practical experience.

Focusing on the demands of global MBA recruiters, and feedback from MBA alumni, the programme has been developed in partnership with programme directors and leading training partners.

Key activities include:

Residential induction

To kick-start your Personal Career Advancement, you’ll be invited to attend a residential induction. This provides a great opportunity for you to meet and get to know other students and staff. Your induction will also enhance your self-awareness and develop, demonstrate and receive feedback on essential interpersonal skills.

Boardroom activity

One of the most challenging but rewarding aspects is the Boardroom Exercise, this real-life simulation provides you with the opportunity to apply the concepts and frameworks explored during core modules to a live boardroom situation.

Tailored to your specific pathway, your boardroom experience is designed to replicate the tensions of a real leadership challenge. It provides an intense and invaluable learning experience, enabling you to enhance your management and negotiation skills, whilst offering an opportunity to network with experienced business executives and develop key business connections for the future.

Charity consultancy project

Working on this group project gives you an excellent opportunity to practice your leadership, team effectiveness and consultancy skills while helping deliver real results for some local charitable causes.

Global Business Experience

Context is everything. In today’s climate you need to have the ability to operate within an international business environment. Your global business experience will be gained working in countries which may include China, Spain or Germany.

This will enable you to engage in a new and unfamiliar setting and immerse yourself in local culture. You will develop a critical awareness of current issues and attend weekly language classes. Languages may include Mandarin Chinese, German or Spanish.

Strategic Business Project

Testing your abilities in a live business situation is an exciting and popular part of the full-time MBA. At the beginning of your studies you will work closely with the Careers team to source a company for your business project.

Working with the company, you will analyse and evaluate tangible business issues, challenge and explore concepts and apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the classroom. This is a perfect opportunity for you to gain experience relevant to your career aspirations, enhance your professional network and pitch yourself as a future employee.

Events and interactive workshops

Throughout the year, you will be able to take advantage of a wide range of workshops and events, to further develop your skills and widen your networks. Some examples of previous workshops include ‘Protecting your leadership’, ‘Effective Networker’ and ‘Delivering Impactful Presentations.’

Online resources

Durham students and alumni have access to a comprehensive selection of career development resources and tools, which include global job boards and international recruiter databases, an e-learning platform, newsrooms, video library and an annual career webinar series.

Alumni career support

You can continue to make the most of our specialist career development advice after you graduate – from coaching with our MBA Career Consultants to workshops in locations in key global markets. You’ll also be able to attend online webinars and access the online career resources.

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