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Management (MSc)

Course Description

Our MSc Management is ranked top 6th in the UK by the Financial Times Masters in Management rankings 2015. It is designed to provide you with the tools, techniques and knowledge to succeed in business. The programme consists of a set of core and elective modules, culminating in a practice- based business project or a research-based dissertation.

Our focused MSc in Management is designed to prepare you for becoming a successful manager. You will cover at an advanced level, the fundamental subjects needed to manage a business within a complex changing environment.

Core and elective modules

-Business Economics and Accounting
-Organisational Behaviour
-Strategic Marketing Management
-Operations and Supply Chain Management
-Research Methods and Dissertation
You’ll then choose three elective modules. The list of modules may vary from year to year, but has typically included
-Change Management
-Project Management
-New Venture Creation
-Innovation and Technology Management
-Buyer Behaviour and Marketing Communications
-Consulting and Employee Relations.

Business Project or Dissertation

During term 3 you will complete a final project under the supervision of a faculty member, either in the UK or abroad through an international partner institution. Designed to develop your business insight and research skills, and help you to present your analysis and ideas in a rigorous, systematic and professional manner, it takes one of two forms:
-Business project (sourced by you or the School), you will apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired in terms 1 and 2 to address a real organisational problem.
-Research project, you will apply advanced techniques to analyse a topic of your choice, relevant to your course.

Adding to your experience

International Experience
Our strong international connections and activities aim at providing you with an inside perspective of global business. During the International Study Tour elective, we take a group of students to a European destination, typically Geneva for a week. This self-funded competitive activity has given our students the opportunity not only to visit a series of prestigious global businesses but also to analyse them using a structured learning approach. As such this activity provides an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the challenges of global business, make new contacts, to stand out in the competitive jobs market, while having fun. Our expanding global network of University and business partners also gives you the opportunity to undertake part or all of your dissertation or business abroad.

Guest Speakers
As part of your programme, you will be invited to presentations by leading international academics and practitioners within your chosen area of interest. Past speakers have included representatives of major global multinationals and leading scholars combining critical and progressive thinking with practical insights.

Dragons’ Den and Blueprint
You can become your own boss on our programme. The School’s heritage as a centre of expertise in entrepreneurship is reflected in two competitions seeking ideas for new businesses. Students on the Masters programme compete to win the School’s Dragon’s Den-style competition to pitch for investment, as well as the University’s Blueprint competition.

Other admission requirements

In order to manage the volume of international applications received by the University to allow the University to ensure each application is properly reviewed, considered and processed, applications from candidates must be received as follows:
-Applications from individuals resident in Mainland China must be received by 31 January.
-Applications from any other individuals who would be required to hold a visa in order to study in the UK, must be received by 30 June.
-Applications from those individuals who fall outside of either category specified above, must be received by 31 August.
Should you miss the deadlines specified above, then it may be possible for the University to add your application to a waiting list, which may be consulted in the event that following review and processing of all applications received prior to the deadlines, vacant places remain available on the programme.

The University is under no obligation to make any offer of a place on the programme to any applicant, nor is the University obligated to fill all spaces available on the programme. Consideration of any application received by the University after expiry of the deadlines specified herein, shall be made at the sole discretion of the University.

Visit the Management (MSc) page on the Durham University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Graham Allinson

2200.png After studying Information Management and Business Studies at undergraduate level, I chose to further my studies on the MSc Management course at Durham. This allowed me to build an in-depth knowledge across a broad range of subjects in the first term, and then narrow my focus to particular areas of interest during the second term via optional modules. In my final term, I completed a business project rather than a dissertation, in which I developed a digital communications strategy for CEM, a leading international education assessments provider. This was of huge benefit to me personally, allowing me to put the skills and knowledge I had acquired throughout the course into practise, and ultimately to present my recommendations to their board of directors. Being able to talk about this experience in interviews played a huge part in securing my job.

One of the great experiences on the course was the cultural diversity within the cohort, with students from across the globe. This allowed me both to improve my communications skills with multinationals and to expand my network, which will undoubtedly be of great benefit in my future career. Another aspect that impressed me was the number of guest lectures I was invited to attend, including one by the esteemed Martin Wolf (chief economics commentator of the Financial Times).

The degree, and the skills I developed as part of the degree, enabled me to excel in interviews. This ultimately landed me a job at Capgemini, one of the world’s leading consultancy and technology services firms. I will be working on developing digital services and software applications for some of the largest and most successful companies in the world. As I have taken a short sabbatical before starting the job, I am using the time to harness some of the skills I learned on the course by launching my own mobile app development firm.

Durham was a great experience, both academically and socially, that has provided an excellent platform from which to launch my career.


Entry Requirements

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree. There is high demand for places on these programmes. To maximise your chances of being offered one of these places, we recommend that you submit your application to the University as early as possible. See course description for further admission details.

Last Updated

23 November 2016

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