This is a programme geared towards preparing you for higher research into the interaction of the classical world with the Near East - partly through direct research training, and partly through modules taught by experts in their field in small-group seminars.
The relationship between the classical world and neighbouring civilisations is among the most important and most rapidly expanding areas of classical scholarship, and we have particular strength in this field: we offer tuition in Akkadian, and can draw on the resources of the Oriental Museum in Durham and the expertise pooled in the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. The programme lasts for one year full-time (two years part-time).
You will take modules to a total of 180 or 190 credits. The structure of the course is as follows:
MA modules are 30 credits; you may substitute two undergraduate (20 credit) modules for one MA module. You may also take up to 40 credits of modules offered by other Departments (subject to approval).
Not all modules will be offered every year, and new modules (both elective and core) are added regularly.
Optional modules are offered according to the current research interests of members of staff. In recent years, optional modules available in the Department have included:
The MA in Greece, Rome and the Near East is principally conceived as a research training programme which aims to build on the skills in independent learning acquired in the course of the student’s first degree and enable them to undertake fully independent research at a higher level. Contact time with tutors for taught modules is typically a total of 5 hours per week (rising to 7 for someone beginning Latin or ancient Greek at this level), with an emphasis on small group teaching, and a structure that maximises the value of this time, and best encourages and focuses the student’s own independent study and preparation. On average, around 2 hours a week of other relevant academic contact (research seminars, dissertation supervision) is also available.
At the heart of the course is a module focused on the range of research methods and resources available to someone working in the field of Classics. This is run as a weekly class, with a mixture of lectures and student-led discussions. Three or four further elective modules deal with particular specialised subjects. You must choose one module involving work with a relevant foreign language (ancient or modern; beginners modules in each language and specialised text seminars for those who have already studied Greek and Latin are offered every year), and one dealing directly with research on interaction between the ancient Mediterranean and the ancient Near East. All the modules offered will form part of the current research activity of the tutor taking the module. Numbers for each module are typically very small (often no more than five or six in a class). Typically, classes are two hours long and held fortnightly, and discussion is based on student presentations. (Modules for those beginning ancient Latin or Greek are typically more heavily subscribed, but their classes also meet more often: 3 hours per week.) All students write a 15,000-word dissertation, for which they receive an additional five hours of supervisory contact with an expert in their field of interest.
All staff teaching on the MA are available for consultation by students, and advertise office hours when their presence can be guaranteed. The MA Director acts as academic adviser to MA students, and is available as an additional point of contact, especially for matters concerning academic progress. MA students are strongly encouraged to attend the Department’s two research seminar series. Although not a formal (assessed) part of the MA, we aim to instil the message that engagement with these seminars across a range of subjects is part of the students’ development as researchers and ought to be viewed as essential to their programme. In addition, MA students are welcomed to attend and present at the ‘Junior Work-in-Progress’ seminar series organised by the PhD students in the Department. Finally, the student-run Classics Society regularly organises guest speakers – often very high-profile scholars from outside Durham.
Executive MBA is a program for senior and upper-level executives with achievement record, leadership potential, and intellectual curiosity. Take your time to explore how ALBA can fuel your career, broaden your perspective, and help you grow as a leader of organizational renewal.
Our unique program is offered in modular, weekend format over 20 months and supported by a dedicated staff aimed to facilitate senior and upper-level executives with heavy management workload. To experience real-time transformation, you will learn from the senior faculty of ALBA with pedigree in executive education in Greece and abroad. To build your global outlook and cutting edge skills, you will also learn from top business educators from the premier business schools in Europe and the US. Learning together with participants from diverse functional and industry backgrounds, you will tap into different strengths and perspectives and enjoy a strong network of peers.
We recruit candidates who demonstrate drive for intellectual growth, leadership potential, team spirit, and communication and interpersonal skills. We seek candidates with experience of at least 10 years of which 3 to 5 years of solid management experience (i.e., managing people and/or projects). More important than your tenure, is your professional achievements and performance when assessing your application.
We welcome applications from:
Strategic perspective: The ALBA Executive MBA Program has a modular structure that evolves around five Strategy themes: Big Picture Challenges, Business Fundamentals, Development of Personal and Organization Capabilities and, finally, Renewing the Business.
Unparalleled depth in Leadership and Innovation: While leadership courses are mushrooming, the unique feature of our EMBA is a program-long combination of coaching, 360-degree assessments and team activities, aimed to help you foster your own authentic leadership approach. At the same time, our EMBA features an unusually holistic innovation view which spans technology-based, marketing-driven, process-based, and business model innovation.
Efficient and convenient: Our modular format runs in 36 weekends, twice a month over 20 months (with long breaks). Modules feature a variety of teaching methods including interactive, case-based discussions, cutting-edge academic knowledge, and in-class exercises. Actionable learning takes off with take-home assignments (and not exams) to help you embed the new knowledge in your business.
ALBA’s seal of quality: With our undisputed track record in executive education, you will experience ALBA’s senior faculty’s stellar class performance and top-notch expertise. Having won the respect of academia abroad, we are also able to attract top business thinkers from leading schools such as Wharton, Harvard, LBS, INSEAD, IMD, SDA Bocconi, Duke, Darden etc., with a goal to spark your intellect and ignite your curiosity.
Harness a network of accomplished peers: Our professors are not the only source of learning. You learn from the experience of peers who have work experience of at least 10 years of which 3 to 5 years of solid management experience (i.e., managing people and/or projects) and share a passion to grow and potential to succeed.
Tap our thought leadership.
The pursuit of world-class research defines ALBA's institutional blueprint. The current faculty team has produced several books and book chapters, thousands of academic conference presentations, and hundreds of journal articles, which help us generate new ideas and tools for use in the classroom. But it is not just quantity, however. We take pride that 34% of our research output appears in the World Elite and Top journals according to the Association of Business Schools (ABS), a record no other academic institution in Greece and, in fact, very few in Europe can match.
Harness our entrepreneurial pedigree.
ALBA is the #1 business school in Europe in terms of entrepreneurship based on the awards received in the prestigious EBPYC (European Business Plan of the Year Competition).
Experience real time value.
Revitalize your intellect in the weekend and return empowered in the office on Monday. With their executive education expertise in Greece and abroad, our senior faculty create a challenging learning environment in the classroom. In fact, at ALBA we take pride that we do not focus on teaching but on learning: provoking debates, collaborating in teams, and generating solutions to real problems. Our visiting faculty from top US and EU business schools will ignite your curiosity and demystify the latest management thinking and tools.
Enjoy Flexibility and premium service.
You run a tight schedule and we run a rigorous program. To meet both ends, our program is delivered in weekends twice a month with long breaks around Christmas and summer holidays. Moreover, a dedicated staff member will help you navigate the program logistics. We also offer free textbook delivery to your home or office, catered meals and snacks every class day, and mentoring by our senior faculty.
Look back and exclaim: “Those were the best days of my life!”
… our alumni say for over 20 years and as a matter of fact they‘ve got to be right!
Since its founding, ALBA strives to foster a stimulating academic environment sustained by teamwork, intellectual curiosity and close ties among faculty, students, staff and alumni relations. In this intimate environment, we create a tightly -knit community of engaged, enthusiastic and energetic students who seek to transform their lives and their organizations. It is exactly this Business Unusual spirit that has inspired more than 3000 alumni who look back at their time at ALBA with incessant affection and unwaning dedication.
Human Resource Management is currently one of the fastest-growing management fields. Organizations are increasingly recognizing the strategic role of human capital for achieving significant business results, sustainable growth and innovation. Our vision is to develop managers with a sharp insight on people issues who will act as agents of transformation and as strategic investors in their organizations’ human capital. HR professionals can make a critical contribution to the process of business value creation. If you share this vision and aspire to play such a role in your organization, our program can help you reach your goals.
The MSc in Strategic HRM Is Designed for:
Investment in Human Capital pays off:
Key features of the program
Upon the completion of the Programme students will be able to:
The premier academic qualification for those interested in a international career in finance in Greece and abroad. The MSc in Finance prepares aspiring and seasoned finance professionals for a successful career in the areas of banking, corporate finance, investment management, risk management and treasury management. The MSc in Finance is the only CFA Affiliated Program in Greece and has been included in the Financial Times’ 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Special Report on “Financial Training”, along with the most renowned MSc in Finance programs in Europe, North America and Asia.”
Key features of the program
The MSc in Finance Is Designed for:
International Recognition: Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and EPAS (European Foundation for Management Development)
The core segment of the program establishes a solid foundation for finance and the capital markets and provides participants with the necessary financial quantitative skills.
The program is tailored to match participants’ professional needs and aspirations through specialization courses in Investments or Corporate Treasury Management.
Elective courses offer the opportunity for further specialization.
The program culminates with the Security Analysis course, which puts into practice the ideas, concepts and techniques taught throughout the program, for the purpose of analyzing and valuating a company.
The program has an optimal combination of academic fervor and relevant professional knowledge:
Scientific rigor: a broad and deep understanding of finance in global context and a firm grasp of the latest financial theories and techniques.
Applied knowledge: emphasis on the practical applications of finance theories in solving actual problems.
CFA University Affiliation Program:
ALBA has been welcomed in the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. Our MSc in Finance has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.
Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that ALBA’s curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. Through participation in this program, ALBA is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.
After completing the program participants should be able to:
More than 90% of the World’s trade is transported by ships. Shipping is one of the most important sectors in the global economy. Moreover, Greece is a country with a long standing tradition in shipping and the home of more than 700 shipping companies: the Greeks control the biggest fleet in the world in terms of both value and size. As a result there is a need for shipping graduates with advanced management skills and knowledge.
The MSc in Shipping Management program is designed to transform young graduates and early career professionals into seasoned professionals equipped with the skills, knowledge and expertise required for a successful career in the demanding and highly competitive world of shipping. A specialized program, providing students with a holistic and in depth knowledge of the most important issues in modern commercial shipping.
Key features of the program
The MSc in Shipping Management is Designed for:
A specialized shipping program: The MSc in Shipping Management provides a thorough and deep understanding of all the major theories and practices that can be encountered in a modern shipping company.
Academic rigor with practical know-how: The program balances academic rigor with practical experience in order to serve the needs of tomorrow’s ship managers in the most effective ways.
Internship opportunities: For eligible students with leading companies in the shipping industry.
Ideal location: Offered in Greece, a country with a long-standing tradition in shipping.
International Recognition: Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association (HSA).
Links to the Industry: Strongly supported by the Greek shipping community: significant networking opportunities and participation in activities such as educational field trips abroad/cruise trips, visits to shipping companies, ports and commercial vessels. ALBA is a not-for-profit educational association of 89 Greek corporations including leading shipping companies like, Arcadia, Navios, Paragon, Star Bulk, Thenamaris and Top Ships . Moreover ALBA shipping programs are supported by WISTA Hellas, The Hellenic Seabroker Association, The International Propeller Club (Piraeus), the Master's and Mates Union of the Greek Merchant Marine and the Green Award, offering several partial scholarships and financial aid.
Through the MSc in Shipping Management program, you will:
This 10/12 month program seeks to address the needs of the rapidly evolving, highly competitive and capital-intensive shipping industry by bringing the gap between academic theory and business practice. Those needs have led to increase demand from ship-owning and transportation companies, ship broking firms, shipping divisions of investment funds, among others of personnel with shipping specific, practical financial management skills and knowledge.
The MSc in International Shipping and Finance Program is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), the chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association (HSA).
Graduates from the Program are eligible for three exam exemptions from the ICS Professional Qualification.
After completion of the programme you will be well equipped with the knowledge for a successful career in the shipping/ transportation industries, as well as in the wider finance sector. On average more than 90% of our graduates are in work or further education 6 months after graduation. Indicative career paths for our graduates are ship-owning and transportation companies, ship-broking/chartering firms, shipping divisions of investment banks, shipping analysis/consulting firms, ship-finance arrangers, port operators, and shipping-related investment funds, among others. The wide curriculum of the programme will also enable you to consider careers in the global investment banking and securities markets.