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Business Administration

The programme offers true flexibility in part-time delivery, enabling applicants to blend the type of MBA experience that best suits their own individual needs. Applicants may choose to study entirely by distance learning, for instance, combining traditional textbooks and Durham-authored learning materials with online lectures, podcasts and a virtual learning environment. Alternatively, they may decide to take part in the block-taught MBA Residencies, interacting with faculty and peers in classrooms. Applicants may even elect to combine the 2 study modes to build a truly unique individual study experience.

Entry requirements

MBA: 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 6.5 or above in IELTS with no element below 6.0, or 92 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 JAVA 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) Note: Only files of type .doc, .docx, .gif, .jpg, .pdf, .png, .rtf are permitted to be uploaded. The maximum file size is 5MB. Download a reference form. For more information, or help with your application, contact study@durham.ac.uk

Course modules

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 Marketing 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: Entrepreneurship New Venture Creation Management Consultancy Project Management Business Analytics Technology Innovation International Business in Context Pathways Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation, Consultancy: Management Consultancy and Project Management, or Technology: Business Analytics and Technology Innovation

Assessment methods

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. The Global MBA and Global MBA Finance are designed flexibly to the needs of students who are based around the world, meaning students have the ability to blend the delivery of their modules and choose between distance learning and taught residential sessions.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MBA Part-time October 2019 23,000 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MBA Part-time October 2019 21,000 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MBA Part-time October 2019 23,000 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MBA Part-time October 2019 21,000 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MBA Part-time October 2019 21,000 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MBA Part-time October 2019 21,000 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MBA Part-time October 2019 21,000 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Business School DH1 3LB North East

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