Management development

The Management Development Centre (MDC) at Durham Business School has helped many companies to get the best out of their business. By developing close relationships with our clients and focusing on organisational requirements, the MDC is able to develop a programme that matches your needs


MDC designs ‘personalised’ programmes using the organisation’s own information to create materials for staff to study and work with, to better understand their organisation and its opportunities. Participants do practical work-based projects, acting as ‘internal consultants’, and so organisations gain immediately from their learning and participants gain from acquiring a qualification as well as new skills and knowledge.

A variety of organisations are benefiting from MDC’s innovative approach including the NHS and Nissan, who are working with MDC on a coaching programme to support their directors.

Formica teamed up with MDC to run a bespoke Masters programme, bringing together senior managers from across Europe.  Formica’s Group VP HR, Denis Hall, said “It enabled us to drive a new business culture as well as developing high potential managers across countries, functions and job levels.”

“The MA programme has been shown to help with retention. It shows our faith in the longer-term development of our people as well as giving them a substantial qualification. The programme has also acted as an informal assessment centre in helping with the identification of top talent.”

Faulkner Brown Architects commissioned a Project Management programme for key architects, designers and technicians. This has increased their effectiveness, enhanced their contribution and developed them as future managers.

Managers from NHS Plus are participating in an MDC Business Development programme, and are learning new techniques to equip them with the business skills necessary to grow and develop a stronger network of Occupational Health units.

MDC also runs a number of ‘open’ programmes at Durham Business School and around the world, which attract individuals from a variety of sectors, bringing a diverse range of experience and allowing interaction and networking opportunities at management level.

The Executive MA in Enterprise Management is a practical part-time programme designed for middle and senior managers. It focuses on methods to help improve personal performance and to enhance the individual’s expertise in key business functions.

Basil Marj, managing director of Izzat Marji Group in Amman, who completed the MA in Jordan said: “The Executive Masters in Enterprise Management, delivered by Durham Business School, was the perfect programme for my managerial development. The course needed very little time away from work, which had been a major concern for me, and being able to submit assignments about my own business, rather than study for exams, meant the work I was doing benefited the business immediately and will inform the company’s development.”

“Studying at one of the top ranked universities in the UK and Europe meant I not only gained a prestigious Masters degree but also worked with professional tutors who understood the issues facing business managers. The high calibre of students from a wide range of professions enriched the experience and I would encourage all motivated professionals to enrol.”

The Professional Development Programme focuses on personal development for first line and middle managers. The programme develops the knowledge, skills and behaviour required to underpin career development in any management function.

Successful completion of these programmes leads to an academic qualification from Durham University and a professional qualification from the Chartered Management Insitute, which you can progress with us to Chartered Manager Status.