Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree. Check the full list of equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Management is designed to equip you with the latest tools, techniques and knowledge, as well as the skills and confidence that are essential to becoming a successful manager in the changing and often complex world of business.

The course is taught over one year full-time and consists of core and optional modules which are delivered in a supportive learning environment by subject specialists who will challenge you to achieve your best.

Core modules include topics such as business strategy, economics, accounting, organisational behaviour, supply chain management, and marketing. You also choose a number of further modules from a wide range of options so whether your interests lie in ethical leadership or heritage management, employee relations or decision making you will find something to meet your needs. Finally, you can choose between a research-based dissertation or a practical business project on a subject of particular interest to you.

We are in an elite group of UK institutions accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs and the European Quality Improvement System, which reflects our reputation for the high academic quality of teaching in the Business School.

As well as learning in the formal teaching framework, you will also be able to take part in business related events such as the Durham Speaker Series, providing the opportunity to network with senior business leaders, staff and alumni and the Blueprint competition which will encourage you to create ideas for new businesses and to pitch for investment.

Course structure

Core modules:

Strategy aims to explain business success or lack of success by looking at a firm’s resources and capabilities in relation to the commercial opportunities that arise. This module considers both the relationship between a firm’s strategy and the external environment and with its own internal set-up.

Business Economics and Accounting develops skills in the application of economic analysis in business decision-making and planning and will provide you with an understanding of the key economic aspects of the business environment and the impact of changes in that environment at a national and international level. You will also develop an understanding of accounting information, its forms, purpose and the needs of its users.

Organisational Behaviour focuses on key issues concerning the behaviour of individuals in organisations and will include subjects such as personal and mental ability, management of attitudes and work motivation, leading others and corporate social responsibility.

Operations and Supply Chain Management explains the complexities of managing operations and supply chains with an emphasis on critically evaluating the principal processes which add value, primarily in manufacturing but also in service sectors.

Strategic Marketing Management offers a full introduction to strategic management, marketing planning and professional marketing practice and will give you the skills needed to develop a professional strategic marketing plan.

Research Methods and Dissertation (General Management or International route) provides the necessary training to undertake advanced-level research. You will investigate a relevant topic, and, using material from core and optional modules, complete a dissertation. This can be undertaken here at Durham or abroad at a partner university. This module will introduce you to a variety of research methods in the social sciences, including both quantitative and qualitative methods and enable you to review research studies, their theoretical principles, methods and findings.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Arts, Heritage and Tourism Marketing
  • Strategy Simulation and System Thinking
  • Buyer Behaviour and Marketing Innovation
  • Consulting
  • Work and Society
  • Decision Making and Business Option Modelling
  • Thinking Entrepreneurially
  • East Asian Business and Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Employee Reward Strategy
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Global Business
  • Global Marketing
  • Global Sport Business
  • Global Supply Chain Leadership
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • International Study Tour
  • The Science of Leadership
  • New Venture Creation
  • Competitive Strategies and Organisational Fitness
  • Project Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Retail Marketing Management
  • Designing and Marketing Services
  • Social Marketing
  • Society and Sustainability
  • Moral and Corporate Trust: Trust and Business Ethics
  • A language module such as those offered by the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study

Information for international students

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
£14,500 per year
International students
£31,500 per year

For further information see the course listing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Durham Business School