How to apply

Please read these notes before you begin your application. You might find it helpful to print this document to refer to later.
1 Submitting your application

Applications should be made using the on-line application form, which is currently completed in 2 stages. Supporting Documents (CV, references etc) can be attached to the Part 2 application. Stage 1 Stage 1 of the application form gathers the information required by Durham University to create an applicant record and concentrates mainly on personal details and academic qualifications. When you first log-on to the form, you will be asked to create an account, which will involve choosing a Logon ID (user name) and a PIN (password). If you wish to do so, you will be able to save the form and return to complete it later. Once this stage is submitted, you will be given a unique web ID number which should be quoted on all future correspondence, including the second stage of the application form. You will then move to stage 2 of the application form via the link provided. Stage 2 The second stage of the application form has been created specially for the MBA Programme and is where you will be able to tell us about your managerial experience and professional knowledge. In order to maintain confidentiality, you will be asked again to choose a PIN (password), which can be the same as the one used for Stage 1. As with the first stage of the application form, you will have the option to save the form and return to complete it later. An important feature of the second stage of the application form is that you will be able to upload electronic copies of the following documents, which are required as part of your application:  CV or work resume which must include full details of previous employment (dates, name of employer, nature of your responsibilities, salary per annum in £ sterling), details of any periods of unemployment, and/or details of any voluntary work undertaken;  A scanned copy of your academic and professional qualifications certificates (including transcripts if available);  Two references. Admission to the MBA Programme requires two references, preferably one academic and one professional although two professional references would be acceptable. Reference forms can be downloaded from our website ( (these can be faxed or posted directly to us by the referee if they prefer).  A recent passport photograph of yourself;  A scanned copy of your English Language Certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, etc), if appropriate;  GMAT Test Score Report, if the test has been taken.


If you are not able to upload electronic versions of any of the above, please email them to stating the MBA Programme that you are applying for and your web ID number. When all documents have been received, we will email you to acknowledge receipt of your application.



Once both parts of your application and the necessary supporting documents have been received, we will inform you of our decision (normally within 1 – 2 weeks of receipt of the documentation, unless we need to contact you for further information). If the decision is to offer you a place on the Durham MBA programme, this will be conditional upon a successful interview, depending upon your mode of study. We will contact you by email to inform you of our decision and, if necessary, to arrange your interview.



All applicants who are offered a place on the Full Time or Executive (part time) MBA are required to undertake an interview and this can take place either face-to-face or via the telephone if you are unable to come to the Business School for the interview. The interview helps us to find out more about your career, background and motivation for study. It gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you have the ability to participate and contribute to the MBA Programme. If successful in interview, you will be sent a formal offer letter and a copy of this by email. In order to secure your place on the programme you will need to formally accept your place and pay the required deposit within 6 weeks of the original offer date. Dean’s Scholarships


We offer a number of Dean’s Scholarships (normally worth between 10% and 40% of tuition fees), open to self-funding, highly motivated candidates. Further information about the scholarships available to MBA applicants can be found at If you meet all the criteria and wish to be considered for a Dean’s Scholarship, please tick the ‘yes’ box on the second stage of the MBA application form. Scholarship applications that meet the necessary criteria will be passed to the scholarship panel that meets at regular intervals. Scholarship applicants will be contacted during the week after the panel has convened to be informed of the outcome. Please note that you will have to formally accept the scholarship by the deadline specified in your letter or else this may be revoked.


College Membership and Accommodation

Those applicants who wish to study on the Full Time MBA programme will need to apply for college membership and arrange accommodation. Most MBA students apply for membership of Ustinov College, the college to which most postgraduate students belong. If you have a preference for a different college, you can make this known on the first stage of the MBA application form. Information on the colleges at Durham University can be found at After applying for college membership, you will be sent information about the different types of accommodation available. As demand for accommodation exceeds availability, please ensure you apply and this, and pay the deposit required as soon as possible.



Joining Instructions

If you have an offer for the Full Time or Executive programme, a Joining Instructions pack, giving details of the programme, times/dates etc, will be issued several weeks prior to the start of programme. You will need to sign and return the Document A of these in order to join the programme. If you have an offer for the Distance Learning Programme, you will be sent an enrolment pack with your offer letter, containing all the information you need to be able to start your programme.



Details for registration will be contained in the joining instructions and enrolment packs. Timings are as follows: Full time Executive (part time) Distance Learning September January Any time you choose – NB your first exam opportunity will de Determined by your enrolment date


Contact Details

If you have any queries relating to the admissions process or to the Durham MBA Programme itself, please contact us; we’ll be happy to help.

MBA Admissions Office Durham Business School Durham University Mill Hill Lane Durham DH1 3LB United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 5533 Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 5136 Email:


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