Durham University Business School

(Durham University)


  • Location: Durham, England
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Program Cost: £37,500
  • Average GMAT score: 675


  • #12 Financial Times 2023 MBA Ranking
  • #8 UK Financial Times MBA Ranking 2023
  • #23 Europe Financial Times MBA Ranking 2023


Durham University Business School recently officially became Durham University’s fourth faculty. This historic change and significant milestone on their development journey provides a key pillar for the school to become one of Europe’s Top 20 business schools. At Durham University Business School, they believe that to succeed in business, one needs to get closer to the realities of business. So that’s what they do. They connect students and alumni with global companies and they link businesses with innovative thinking.


  • Round 1: November 15th, 2023
  • Round 2: February 21th, 2024
  • Round 3: April 17th, 2024
  • Round 4: December 6th, 2024



When applying to Durham University Business School, candidates are typically required to submit copies of transcripts detailing the modules they have studied. Up to three transcripts can be uploaded, allowing prospective students to showcase their educational qualifications and expertise in relevant subjects.

Durham University Business School values this information as it helps assess the applicant’s suitability for their programs, ensuring that incoming students have a strong foundation in their chosen field of study.

Foreign Language Requirement

For applicants whose first language is not English, providing evidence of proficiency in the English language is a crucial requirement when applying to Durham University Business School. 

Proficiency can be demonstrated through standardized tests such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). 


When submitting an application to Durham University Business School, it undergoes a meticulous evaluation process. If the application is deemed successful, it is forwarded to Durham University’s Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (SRAO) with a formal recommendation for approval. This recommendation reflects the applicant’s suitability for the program and is a testament to their academic qualifications, relevant experience, and overall potential as a student.

However, in cases where the application does not meet the necessary criteria, the university will directly communicate with the applicant, providing feedback or requesting additional information. This transparent and communicative approach ensures that applicants are kept informed about the status of their application, maintaining a clear line of communication throughout the admissions process.


The resume can be a standard business resume or CV. 

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of £60 is required.


Student life at Durham University Business School is vibrant and diverse, offering a rich array of academic, social, and extracurricular opportunities. As part of one of the most prestigious business schools in the UK, students benefit from a stimulating learning environment. The school often organizes guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, providing valuable insights from industry experts and fostering intellectual curiosity among students.

Beyond academics, students have access to various clubs, societies, and student organizations. These groups cater to a wide range of interests, allowing students to engage in activities such as entrepreneurship competitions, business case challenges, and networking events. These experiences not only enhance their skills but also provide valuable networking opportunities with peers, alumni, and professionals.

Durham University itself is renowned for its collegiate system, creating a close-knit community within the larger university environment. This fosters a sense of belonging and camaraderie among students. The picturesque surroundings of Durham, including the historic Durham Cathedral and the River Wear, provide a scenic backdrop for leisure activities and relaxation.

Additionally, the university promotes inclusivity and cultural diversity, encouraging students from different backgrounds to celebrate their uniqueness and learn from one another. Overall, student life at Durham University Business School is characterized by academic excellence, community spirit, and a supportive environment that prepares students not just for successful careers but also for a fulfilling and enriching life beyond graduation.


Students study 7 core modules and select 5 elective modules, which enables them to undertake more in-depth study of particular topics. This is followed by a 15,000-word dissertation or Business Project to allow students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression using an appropriate theoretical framework.

Mandatory Classes

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics for Global Business
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Technology
  • Strategic Management
  • The Boardroom Exercise


Peter Allen

Peter’s interests lie in strategic management which he currently teaches across the MBA, MA and undergraduate programmes of the School. Peter joined the Business School in 1991 and his past experience includes corporate planning within the steel industry and international management consultancy. He is currently the academic director for Durham’s MBA programmes in the Caribbean and Germany. In addition to being an MBA program director, Peter is the module leader for MA and undergraduate courses in Strategy, International Strategic Management and Strategy and International Business.

Joanna Berry

As well as Associate Professor (Entrepreneurship) at Durham University Business School, Joanna is Director (Business, Enterprise and Innovation) of Durham University’s Durham Energy Institute (“DEI”). She is the Winner of the Durham University Enhancing Learning and Teaching: Digital and Online Learning Award 2019-20. Her current research and teaching interests encompass Problem Based Learning, innovation, entrepreneurship, big data, aging and health, and the digital/creative industries. She has a particular emphasis on supporting the ‘women in STEM’ agenda in a variety of ways. She works closely with the External Relations team and undertakes a wide variety of public and media activities on behalf of the school.

Nick Ellis

Nick’s research focuses primarily on the discursive construction of managerial and professional identities in inter-organizational relationships and B2B marketing contexts. His publications embrace marketing and organization studies, with world-leading and internationally excellent papers in journals with high impact factors, e.g. Organization Studies, Human Relations, British Journal of Management, Industrial Marketing Management, and Marketing Theory. Nick’s teaching has been consistently rated positively by students and peers; and recognized in global rankings. 



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