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3 years full-time


Durham City

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Typical offers

Typical offers
A Level AAB
International Baccalaureate 36

Course details

For the graduates of today and tomorrow, being competitive and employable depends on demonstrating innovation, flexibility and commitment to continued learning. We are looking for students who are inquisitive and wish to learn more by investigating and researching..

Year 1

The first level of study provides an overarching foundation for the programme, and the successful completion is equivalent to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications level 4 educational attainment scale. Students will acquire and be able to demonstrate a factual and conceptual knowledge base for Business and Management Studies, including appropriate awareness of intellectual frameworks, demonstrate a range of professional skills, undertake independent study, and appreciate ethical considerations.

The six modules are comprised of core and compulsory subjects, knowledge, and key skills as aligned with the Benchmark Standards. These modules provide insights into all recommended philosophical themes for HEI Business and Management degree paths, covering organizational configurations, environment, markets, consumers, and policies. These modules include Changing World of Business, Principles of Marketing, People, Management, and Organisations, Strategy in Practice, Financial Information for Managers, and Introduction to Leadership. Each module utilizes a series of lectures and small group interactions with learning activities focused on applying theory to understand complex and modern business practices. These modules also include an early emphasis on key transversal themes found throughout the remainder of the programme, including the nature and role of management, corporate social responsibility, the impact of technology, and globalisation. As baseline modules for the programme, students are also trained in critical skills to enable successful attainment. These include group/collaborative work, critical thinking, databases, time management, personal responsibility, digital skills, and effective written/oral communication.

Year 2

The second level of study extends the baseline skills obtained in the first level. The successful completion is equivalent to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications level 5 educational attainment scale. The design of the second-level curriculum emphasizes applied and practical knowledge to develop business and managerial effectiveness. It provides four additional core and compulsory modules, albeit more challenging and cumulative than those undertaken in the first level. Furthering themes of the people management knowledge gained from the People, Management, and Organisation and Introduction to Leadership modules, the Human Resources Management module delves more into the theoretical perspectives that underpin effective motivational techniques used in industry. Students must also undertake Research Methods and Statistics to develop a critical awareness of methodological practices when undertaking applied and theoretical research projects. This module also enables more critical engagement with the theoretical and empirical works covered in the remainder of the modules. Additionally, students must take the Information Systems module to learn more about data interpretation and sharing within modern organizations.

The second level also allows students to shape their degree paths according to their desired area of specialism. Students will select three optional modules on offer, which include: Integrated Marketing Communications, Consumer Psychology Brand, Strategies, Identity, Culture and Society, Operations Management, Innovation Management, Applied Brand Strategy, Entrepreneurship, as well as a module in a foreign language through our Centre for Foreign Languages.

Year 3

The third level of study solidifies an advanced understanding and critical appreciation for specialist areas of interest. Dependent on the student's overarching performance and module selections throughout the programme structure, the successful completion is equivalent to the Framework for Higher Education Qualification's level 5 or 6 educational attainment scale.

The design of the third-level curriculum emphasizes critical analysis and synthesis of specialism subject matter. Students are provided with a broad portfolio of modules to select within areas of Leadership, Innovation and Enterprise, Operations, and Marketing. All modules at level 3 are designed to enable students to engage with advanced conceptual and empirical debates within the research. Students are encouraged to select modules that will align with their future career ambitions and interests. Some examples of modules available include select from Retail and Services Marketing, Global Marketing, New Venture Creation, How to Read Business, Work, Organizations, and Society, Corporate Social Responsibility. And Social Marketing. Central to the final year is the double weighted module on research topic/project (either the Dissertation, Innovation Accelerator, or Advanced Topics in Critical Organisational Topics.) Those modules allow the opportunity to study an in-depth subject while at the same time challenging students to practice many of the key skills developed throughout the programme.

*For further information about the programme structure (including access to each module's scope and learning objectives), please refer to this link:


You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.


Students on this course learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing. All of these are supported by a state of the art virtual learning environment, Learn Ultra.

Seminars and workshops are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow greater one-on-one interaction with teaching staff. Workshops also allow hands-on experience of solving business problems. This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as students move from their first to their final year.

Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the course) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a capstone dissertation—supported by one-on-one supervision—that makes up a third of final year credits.

In this way the degree gives the student the opportunity to transform from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the programme and continue at key times throughout each year of the course.

Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research.

Entry requirements

A strong proficiency in Mathematics is required. If Mathematics is not taken as an A Level subject, a Grade 7 (or Grade A) in Mathematics at GCSE is required.

We particularly welcome the introduction of the Core Mathematics Qualification and we will accept a Core Maths Qualification (Grade B minimum) in lieu of our GCSE Mathematics requirement.

A level offer - AAB.

We consider all A Level subjects, with the exception of General Studies, therefore General Studies would not be included in any offer.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended DiplomaDDD.

IB score - 36 to include 665 in higher-level subjects. If Mathematics is not taken at a higher level, then it is required at standard level 5.

In the context of widening participation, we will consider contextual offers, including guaranteed contextual offers for participation in a supported progression programme.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We consider all A level subjects, with the exception of General Studies – therefore General Studies would not be included in any offer.
  • We consider each application holistically, on an individual basis and against the other applications we receive. Whilst academic achievement is important, it is not the only factor that we consider when assessing applications and applicants who have achieved, or are predicted to achieve, close to our typical offer, but who have not met it exactly, will be welcome to apply if they have a strong application in other key elements, for example if they can demonstrate merit and potential through their personal statement or their reference.
  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications, please email us for more information.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to offer IELTS of 6.5 (no component under 6.0); or the University approved equivalent. We also require proof of English Language proficiency for students from the European Union.
  • We are willing to consider applications for deferred entry from those who have well- structured plans for work or travel, for example. We may, however, need to restrict the number of deferred entry offers we make because we have to be careful not to fill too many of next year’s places in advance. However, if you do apply for a deferred place and are unsuccessful, you are welcome to reapply the following year.
  • You are welcome to apply if you are taking resits; we do not make higher offers to students who declare resits.
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.

Alternative qualifications

International students who do not meet direct entry requirements for this degree might have the option to complete an International Foundation Year.

English language requirements

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Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,250 per year
EU students £26,250 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £26,250 per year

The tuition fees shown for home students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.


We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

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Career opportunities

Management and Marketing

Of those students who graduated in 2019:

  • 96% are in paid employment or further study 6 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 81% are in high skilled employment
  • With an average salary of £29,000.

(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes)

Department information

Management and Marketing

Our degrees are designed to help you understand essential and advanced concepts of business, marketing and management. We are a research-led business school and one of the longest established in the UK.

For more information visit our Business School website.


  • 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2023


For a current list of staff, please see the Business School pages.


Durham is an international triple accredited business school. Founded in 1965, we are one of the UK's longest established business schools and are proud to be integral to Durham University.


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