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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. 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. 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. We may be inspired by our past, but we are firmly focused on the future. We’re currently investing in new worldclass facilities to match our reputation including the expansion of the Mill Hill Lane site and the development of improved teaching, office and events spaces.
The Durham MBA will transform your career by enhancing your key business and leadership capabilities, enabling you to excel in a fast-moving global business environment. Combining theory and practical business experience, the Durham MBA will advance your knowledge and capabilities within a personalised career pathway closely aligned to your own professional aspirations. The Durham MBA is continually enhanced to ensure you perform at the cutting-edge of your profession. Both challenging and inspirational, the programme will take you on your journey to achieve your career goals.
- A Masters degree in a discipline related to business and management or finance from a recognised university or other institution of higher education; or equivalent qualifications or experience.
- A minimum of two years’ business and management experience at an appropriate level.
- If English is not your first language you will need IELTS 7.0 (no element below 6.0) or Pearson Test of English Overall Score 70+ (No element below 62). Please note that these can be no more than 2 years old at the month the programme starts, eg. for a programme commencing in October 2018 the IELTS or PTE test must have been taken in or after October 2016. TOEFL IBT is no longer accepted as an English Qualification for visa purposes.
- You will be required to submit a research proposal of between 2,000-3,000 words as part of the selection process. Guidance on preparing a research proposal.
- An interview will be conducted with each applicant prior to an offer being recommended. Students’ analytical and intellectual capabilities will be assessed, and their critical analytical skills along with their motivations to commit to academic studies.
Making an application
It is important that your general research interests match those of at least one member of our academic staff. For information on the range of expertise and experience of our academic faculty and details of their research interests view our Research Centres or Our People.
Successful application is based on your ability to meet the entry requirements, your research proposal and the School’s capacity to provide relevant supervision for your research.
Our admissions process follows three stages:
Please ensure that:
- you meet our entry requirements (above)
- you can meet the financial requirements of the programme
- you have your research proposal ready.
Applications should be made using the on-line application form. You will be asked for the following information:
- academic qualifications and career to date
- an outline of your research interests
- the names and addresses of two referees, one of which must be academic
- any specific support needs you may have (see Disability Support)
- your chosen College. Find out more about the College system and the Durham colleges.
The following documents should also be submitted online as part of your application. Without these documents your application cannot be processed:
- Research proposal of between 2,000–2000 words. Please submit your proposal within the section of the online application entitled research proposal. However, if your research proposal contains tables or graphics, please upload your document via the section Supporting Documents under Scholarships/Other. Advice on writing a research proposal.
- Copies of certificates of degrees awarded (up to 3 may be uploaded)
- Copies of transcripts of modules studied (up to 3 may be uploaded)
- Evidence of proficiency in English (where this is not your first language)
- Two references, one of which must be academic. (Reference letters must be emailed directly to us by your referees using the downloadable reference form.)
- Your Curriculum Vitae.
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 problems attaching your supporting documents to your online application, you may email them to us.
We will process your application on the basis of all the information provided and will normally let you know our decision within four to six weeks. In certain circumstances we may need to request further information.
A successful application will be sent to Durham University’s Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (SRAO) with a recommendation for approval. (We will contact you direct if we are unable to recommend your application for approval.)
The SRAO is responsible for approving all postgraduate applications. You should be aware that approval by the SRAO is not a formality and that in some cases where we recommended approval, the SRAO will be unable to support this. Until you receive an offer from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office, you have not received a formal offer of a place.