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Q&A on studying a masters in management programme

We spoke to the Programme Director at Durham University Business School about studying a master’s in management. Find out more about course modules, graduate prospects and the benefits of studying this postgraduate course in the UK.


Q: What one aspect of the course do you personally look forward to each year, and why?

I teach the core first term module, Organisational Behaviour, which is the study of how people think and act at work (leadership, trust, teamwork, motivation). It’s a big class – all the students on all the masters in management (MiM) programmes, in one room – but when they are all working on a case, or discussing with the people around them a debate point I’ve raised, or applying ‘OB’ theory to a DVD clip of a scene from The Wire, the energy levels in the room are a sight to behold.


My other favourite moment comes after the programme has ended, when – as I have requested – our graduating students send me an email on their first day of work, with their employer’s logo and their job title in the signature.


Q: What are the benefits of studying this course at this particular university?

We want our students to understand the total system of organisations and markets, as well as their specialism within that – for finance students to understand the people and ethical implications of their decisions; for HRM students to put the commercial case for investment in staff training; for entrepreneurship students to know how to market their ideas in other countries. Armed with that deeper knowledge, they can produce better analyses of business challenges, and generate better solutions for long-term success.


Q: Can you give a few examples of the roles and positions which graduates have gone onto?

Our students are sought after and targeted by the leading consultancy firms, such as Accenture, Ernst & Young and KPMG. We also have students working for leading banks (including Credit Suisse, Santander, ABN Amro, and the Bank of China), as well as General Electric, LG and China Daily. But several of our students are taking an idea they developed on the course and setting up their own. We have a Dragon’s Den-style competition on the programme that can help launch their business. 



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Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.

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