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The Durham MBA Ranked in Global Top 50 by the Financial Times

Durham University Business School’s full-time MBA has been ranked in the top 50 globally for the first time by the Financial Times. The newspaper’s annual Global MBA Ranking saw the programme climb 30 places, from 75th in 2017, to 43rd in 2019. The programme was also positioned 6th in the UK and 13th in Europe.

The ranking, published today, lists the best MBA programmes offered by business schools around the world each year based upon factors including; programme costs and return on investment, salaries, and class make-up.

Professor Susan Hart, Dean of Durham University Business School, said:

“It’s rewarding to see the high quality of the Durham MBA reflected in a top 50 global ranking. At Durham University Business School, we pride ourselves in a first-class education based on research-led content. But we do so much more. Our classes and projects are infused with speakers and contributors from industry, assignments feature live and topical cases, our simulations involve executives within our business connections and our college system ensures students are part of the wider community of learners at Durham University.”

In the section of the ranking which analyses the value for money that students see, the Durham MBA was placed 1st in Europe and 2nd globally. Alumni from the programme secured an average salary of $120,556 three years after graduating, and see an average salary increase of 110% - which is the second-highest of all UK business schools.

Professor Susan Hart added:

“We are also conscious of the investment made by students who decide to embark on an MBA and we seek to add value with differentiating activities, so that our graduates stand out in their job markets and impress prospective employers. I’m pleased to say that these initiatives have resulted in the Durham MBA being rated 2nd globally for value for money.”

The ranking also introduced a new section this year, focused on the corporate social responsibility (CSR), and measured on the proportion of teaching hours dedicated to CSR, ethics, social and environmental issues. In this particular element of the ranking, the Durham MBA was rated 1st in the UK, 3rd in Europe and 5th globally.

Dr Julie Hodges, Associate Dean for MBA Programmes, said:

“This fantastic achievement demonstrates how the Durham MBA continues to grow and improve, in line with students’ expectations. Durham University Business School strives to continually improve its MBA programmes – we seek to challenge our students by providing a stimulating, sometimes difficult and transformative learning environment, because this is what builds the capabilities MBA graduates need to lead in a world of accelerating change and complexity. The significant increase in the School’s position in the rankings this year demonstrates not only the ‘value for money’ of studying for an MBA at Durham, but also the School’s strong focus on the key themes of internationalisation and social responsibility and ethics, which run throughout the programme.

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