Durham University Business School

Durham University Business School

Investopedia / Yurle Villegas

What Is Durham University Business School?

Durham University Business School is the business school of Durham University. Founded in 1965 and located in Durham, in the United Kingdom (UK), the school offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Durham University Business School has rapidly grown to become a well-respected b-school on the international stage. It holds the distinction of having been accredited by all three of the major business-school accreditation bodies: the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the Association of Masters of Business Administration (AMBA). Globally, less than 1% of business schools have received accreditation from all three organizations.

Key Takeaways

  • Durham University Business School is a business school located at Durham University.
  • In 2019, its Online / Blended MBA program was rated as the 7th-best program in the world by the Financial Times.
  • Home to a highly diverse student body, Durham University Business School students can benefit from various international exchange opportunities, as well as local job and internship placements.

How Durham University Business School Works

In 2002, Durham University merged its economics and finance departments with its Foundation for Small and Medium Enterprise Development. Together, these three institutions now operate together, as Durham University Business School. Today, the school is home to around 3,000 students spread across their undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Durham University Business School’s programs include undergraduate majors in core business school subjects such as accounting, finance, and economics. This program, which takes between 3 and 4 years to complete, is known for its diverse student body and large network of international exchange opportunities. In their third year, Durham University Business School undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in a one-year internship placement program with participating businesses.

At the graduate level, Durham University Business School offers a range of MBA and postgraduate programs. In addition to the full-time MBA program, which can be completed in either 12 or 15 months, the school also offers a variety of MBA programs designed for students who wish to study on a part-time basis while continuing to work in their careers. This includes the Online / Blended MBA program, which takes 2 years to complete; and the Executive MBA program, which takes 18 months.

Real World Example of Durham University Business School

In 2019, the Durham University Business School’s Online / Blended MBA program was rated as the 7th-best online program in the world by the Financial Times. 

With annual tuition of roughly $40,000, Durham University Business School MBA grads saw an average starting salary of nearly $125,000 in 2019. In recent years, these grads have found employment principally in the financial services, management consulting, and manufacturing sectors.

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