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Our part-time Masters in Management is a post-experience programme. With the flexible option of online or taught modules, the programme combines academic rigour with real-world business relevance to provide a qualification that is recognised and truly valued by employers.

Over forty years’ experience working with private and public sector clients has taught us that, for true professional development, you have to do more than just learn. You have to apply your learning in the workplace. Durham University Business School combines the rich heritage of Durham University with a progressive, dynamic approach to executive education. This enables us to deliver immediate high-impact results for individuals and organisations.

Each module has been developed by leading members of the Durham faculty, so you will benefit from the most advanced management knowledge. During the course, you will be taught by our world-class researchers, using a combination of physical and virtual classrooms. To make sure you have all the support you need to gain immediate benefits, you will also be assigned a Personal Tutor.

In detail

As a blended-learning, modular programme, you will be taught through a combination of classroom and state-of-the-art virtual courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to carry out practical activities, including workshops, discussions, events and consultancy initiatives, designed to help you develop your personal skills and plan your future career strategy.

Your study programme will last for 30 months. You should normally attend two five-day Residential Workshops during the first two years (alternative online options may also be available), study six further modules online and complete a six-month individual project of 15,000 words.

The programme starts with a comprehensive induction, designed to refresh your study skills and to guide you through the requirements of the programme. As well as getting to know more about the Business School and meeting the MA team and fellow participants, you will learn about academic writing, referencing and how to access and use online study materials.

Classroom and virtual learning sessions are led by senior members of the Durham faculty. Experts in their field, they will share the very latest in business and management knowledge. What’s more, throughout your studies you will be given access to our careers support services, professional development activities and a Personal Tutor for each module.

  • Seven core modules
  • One elective
  • Dissertation or business project

In year one you’ll study online or attend a five-day residential workshop in Durham:

  • Induction
  • Business Economics & Accounting

You’ll study three online modules:

  • Strategy
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour

In year two, you’ll study online or attend one further three-day residential workshop:

  • Leadership or Human Resource Management
  • Professional Development Activities

You’ll study three further online modules:

  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Research methods
  • One elective module selected from a range of specialist options available

Please note: the order in which modules are studied is dependent upon when you enrol and therefore may vary with the above.

The programme culminates with a six-month 15,000 word dissertation/business project on an approved topic and is overseen by a dedicated dissertation supervisor. This is normally undertaken in your own organisation and is an opportunity to analyse a practical, relevant management issue in some depth, demonstrating a critical understanding of the relevant theory and its applications.

Course Learning and Teaching

This blended-learning, modular programme is taught through a combination of classroom and virtual courses. Virtual learning is divided up into study weeks with specially produced resources within each week. Lectures provide key contents of a particular topic. . Resources vary according to the learning outcomes but normally include: video content, directed reading, reflection through activities, opportunities for self-assessment and peer-to-peer learning within a tutor-facilitated discussion board. The programme has some block taught modules which are taught at Mill Hill Lane over three or four days, learning outcomes are met through a combination of taught input, group work, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading and specifically self-study material. Students can also attend the Durham Speaker Series, providing the opportunity to network with senior business leaders, staff and alumni when visiting the School.

Students study 6 core modules including the dissertation, and select 3 elective modules which enables them to undertake more in-depth study of particular topics. The 15,000 word dissertation allows students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. They are supported in writing their dissertation through the study of research methods, and individual consultations via Skype or telephone with an allocated supervisor who monitors their progress and provides advice.

Academic Support:

Throughout the year, students may have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities which include professional development activities, careers support and speaker events. 

Learning Resource:

Outside of contact hours, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study in preparation for teaching sessions, assignments and other forms of assessment including exams, and general background reading to broaden their subject knowledge. The Programme Director is able to provide students with general advice on academic matters. Module Tutors are also available to provide additional support on a one-to-one basis via Skype, telephone and email.

Students also have access to the facilities available at Mill Hill Lane including dedicated postgraduate working spaces, an onsite library and IT helpdesk when they visit the School.


Visit the Management (Part-Time) - MA page on the Durham University website for more details!

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