Online MBA

Durham University Business School

Program Description
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Online MBA

Durham University Business School

Online MBA

Our Online MBA offers you the flexibility to choose how and where you want to study.

You will study either completely online or through a combination of online modules and block-taught residential modules.

You will have access to all modules through our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment.

Our MBA programmes are designed with the dynamic, international nature of modern business in mind. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in an optional international study week. And throughout the programme you will have the chance to engage with real business issues – whether that’s within your own organisation or with a regional, national or international company.

Alternatively, you may choose to attend residential block taught modules and electives at our annual Summer School held in Durham.

Online MBA: in detail

The Online MBA has two entry points: in October and April. It begins with a comprehensive Induction programme, designed to equip you with the essential study skills you need for MBA success. You can participate online or attend in person in Durham – this combines an induction programme with block delivery of your first core module.

Course structure

  • Seven core modules
  • Five Elective modules
  • Business project (dissertation)
  • Optional international study week

Seven core modules

These are the foundation of your programme – establishing the management knowledge, understanding and research skills every leader needs.

  • Managing in the Global Environment
  • Managing in the Competitive Environment
  • Improving Management Decision-making
  • Managing Finance
  • Managing People
  • Strategic Management
  • Methods of Inquiry

Elective modules

Elective modules are selected from a range, which in previous years has included:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Small Business Management; and
  • Sustainability, Ethics and Change.

Dissertation or business project

The programme culminates in a 15,000-word dissertation on a business topic chosen by you. This is an independent project, allowing you to develop your skills in analysis, interpretation and the presentation of information, observation and ideas.

International study opportunities

The Online MBA is shaped by today’s connected business world. Through our optional international study week we take this unique global dimension further, allowing you to immerse yourself in another country’s business and culture. While the bulk of costs are included as part of the course, you will be asked to pay for travel to and from the destination, accommodation, some meals and incidental expenses.

The ‘flipped’ classroom

We understand how precious your classroom time can be so, to help you get the most from every minute, we use a Flipped Classroom technique. Put simply, this involves priming you with online lectures and introducing key tools and concepts before the class. This means classroom time can be focused on more in-depth learning, group activities, simulations and case study analyses. Rather than just learning the theories, we apply them to real-world business situations, with the support of an experienced faculty member.

Online delivery

We use digital technology to extend our teaching to a growing global community of students, across borders and time zones. All core modules and a substantial number of electives are available via our online learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO), and are delivered by leading Durham faculty members.

Your virtual classroom

Durham University Online (DUO) will be your virtual campus and the hub of your Online MBA experience. Online modules are delivered over a three-month period, with recorded and live lectures, as well as online group activities and access to online journal resources and databases.

Subjects required, level and grades

  • A minimum of three (preferably five) years' relevant work experience since graduation of a managerial nature.
  • An Upper Second Class Bachelor Degree or international equivalent.

This course includes online activities, so you will also need a computer with internet access. Almost all activities will be possible from a modern desktop or laptop computer (purchased since 2010).

All resources will be accessible from a moderate broadband connection (0.5Mbps) but a greater bandwidth (up to 8Mbps) will provide a better experience for some resources and events.

You will need:

  • A web browser (Resources are tested on the latest available versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome)
  • The ability to open and edit Microsoft Office documents (e.g. Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or access to Googledocs)
  • Flash player
  • JAVA
  • Ability to open .pdf documents (e.g. Adobe Reader)
  • A headset or headphones and microphone

To participate fully in some online events students should have a webcam and to access some tools and resources you may need the ability to install software.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 18, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Apr. 2017
3 years
Part time
6,333 GBP
Start date Apr. 2017
United Kingdom Durham, England
Application deadline Request Info
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Duration 3 years
Price 6,333 GBP
per year.