The Durham Business School MBA: What You Need To Know
Durham B-School is 180 years old and has been educating managers for over 50 years. The quaint town of Durham has a medieval cathedral, but it is a decidedly modern place which also has a highly regarded online MBA. In common with the most forward-looking schools, successful aspects of the online course — such as industry insight Q&A sessions — are being dovetailed into the full-time course. Also, those on the technology stream share some on-campus courses with online students, widening their network.
Durham’s B-School had small classes by design, to personalize the MBA experience. Skills workshops can be focused on individuals’ needs, and each student is assigned both a mentor, who is usually a Durham graduate, and an academic adviser. Each of the three pathways has an equal number of students, just 15, guaranteeing lots of one-on-one time.
Durham’s MBA has a small cohort, with the most recent consisting of just 46 students, 90% of whom are international and who represented 19 different countries. The average age of the most recent class was 32, because the school is focused on selecting candidates with enough work experience to be able to add to the cohort’s richness — three years is the bare minimum, and they usually look for five. Scholarships for female students have helped boost the number of women on the course. In 2019- 2020, 41% of Durham students landed jobs in the UK after graduation.
Alongside core courses, Durham University Business School’s full-time MBA offers students the option to choose from one of three “pathways”: Consultancy, Technology, or Entrepreneurship. Each of these is split into two smaller courses, a division the school says creates a far more structured program than the scattergun approach of schools that offer dozens of electives.
Professor Amir Michael Associate Dean of MBA and DBA Programs
The Durham MBA is a leading program that is challenging, inspiring and stimulating. You will be encouraged to confront new ideas, explore cutting-edge management theories and apply your learning to the world of practice.
Patrick Newman, U.S., MBA 2019
I have friends who have been to Durham Business School and they enjoyed it, so that encouraged me to come here. Also, in the U.S. an MBA would take twice the time and cost twice the price. One of the great things about this course is the international exposure, which I don’t think you’d get on an MBA back home. Of the 47 on the course, three are from the UK and three more from the Western hemisphere. Half are from China; also, two-thirds are women. The benefit of the small class is that you certainly get one-on-one recognition from the professors. I think that back in the U.S. the Durham name might not be recognized as easily as some other institution, but that doesn’t bother me. I am doing my MBA to increase my own knowledge, not to trade off the name of the university.