Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance Pre-Masters

About this pathway 

The Pre-Masters in Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance prepares you for a choice of progression degrees at Durham University. You will join the programme for two or three terms, depending on your academic qualifications and level of English language.

When you successfully complete the programme you can progress to a range of postgraduate degrees at Durham University.

Length: Two or three terms

Intakes:

September (three-term pathway)*
January (two-term pathway)*

January 2018 start dates - three terms*
Term 1: 04/01/18 to 23/03/18
Term 2: 03/04/18 to 08/06/18
Term 3: 11/06/18 to 31/08/18

January 2018 start dates - two terms - for progression to Accounting, Economics or Marketing only 
Term 1: 04/01/18 to 23/03/18
Term 2: 03/04/18 to 29/06/18

September 2018 start date – three terms*
Term 1: 17/09/18 to 07/12/18
Term 2: 07/01/19 to 22/03/19
Term 3: 01/04/19 to 21/06/19

January 2019 start dates - three terms - for progression to Accounting, Economics or Marketing only
Term 1: 07/01/19 to 22/03/19
Term 2: 01/04/19 to 07/06/19
Term 3: 10/06/19 to 30/08/19

Core modules

Academic English Skills supports students to develop their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a particular focus on the language uses that will prove most useful throughout their studies at Durham University. This critical module runs throughout each term at the International Study Centre, and features particular emphasis on grammar and language skills for those requiring a boost in this area, whilst also allowing able students to stretch themselves in their written and spoken work.

This module sees students concentrating on the specific writing that will be required in their taught Masters degree programme. Fostering thorough scholarly skills, additional work involves the critical reading of authentic and up to date academic articles. 

The module covers common statistical techniques for business. The emphasis of the module is on practical application with extensive use of appropriate software.

This module looks to establish academic competency in research methods for use in a business research context. The main aim of this course is to introduce and develop skills relating to research methods. The module will be focussed on developing an understanding of the application, collection and limitation of a variety of techniques related to data and materials relevant to analysis within the area of business.

The main aim of this module is for students to develop the ability to undertake research and to write longer pieces of academic work displaying applied understanding of subject matter and an ability to critically analyse materials and concepts.

Designated modules 

Alongside core modules you will study designated modules that relate to your progression degree route. If you are following a Finance or Economics progression route, your elective modules will have a mathematics focus. When you complete your Pre-Masters programme and achieve the required level, you can begin your postgraduate degree at Durham University.

Economics route

  • Economics
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Economics

Marketing route

  • Marketing
  • Business and Management

Accounting route

  • Accounting

and a choice of one of the following two modules:

  • Finance
  • Economics

Management route

  • Business and Management

and a choice of one of the following two modules:

  • Economics
  • Marketing

Finance route

  • Finance
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Economics

Accounting

This module will provide all learners with a concise and contemporary overview of accounting, and give them the knowledge and skills to underpin further study in the field.

Business and Management

The central aim of this module is to introduce to the students the broad concepts of organisational structure, leadership, culture, understanding teams and groups, recruitment and selection in organisations with a strong focus on the underlying theoretical underpinnings of the same. In addition to the organizational behavior side of things, this module would study operations management to help students identifying and making feasible use of operational resources within a global context (capacity, procurement and outsourcing decisions), exploring the content and process of operations strategy, managing the supply chain and developing effective supplier relationships, establishing and monitoring 'fit', 'sustainability' and 'risk’.

Economics

The Economics module will provide students with a sound understanding of theories, models and concepts in economics and the relationship between microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students will be introduced to a variety of contemporary business scenarios. They will be supported in their exploration of the role and purpose of microeconomic and macroeconomic policy and its impact on the behaviour and performance of business activity and economic systems.

Finance

To provide a grounding in the theory and empirical applications of investment and portfolio management, focusing on both the theoretical concepts and empirical applications.

Marketing

This module will provide all learners with a concise and contemporary overview of marketing, and give them the knowledge and skills to underpin further study in the field.

Mathematics and Statistics for Economics

This module aims to provide students with a rigorous grounding in financial econometrics. It will encourage students to critically appraise work in this area and to facilitate students' analytical skills.

Progression degrees

When you complete your Pre-Masters programme and achieve the required grades, you can progress to one of the following Masters degrees at Durham City Campus:

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
MSc Accounting MSc 65% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Economics MSc 65% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Environmental & Natural Resource Economics MSc 65% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Experimental Economics MSc 65% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Finance MSc 70% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Finance (Accounting & Finance) MSc 70% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Finance (Corporate & International Finance) MSc 70% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Finance (Economics & Finance) MSc 70% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Finance (Finance & Investment) MSc 70% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Finance (International Banking & Finance) MSc 70% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Finance (International Money, Finance & Investment) MSc 70% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Islamic Finance MSc 70% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Islamic Finance and Management MSc 70% 60% with 50% in all skills
MSc Management MSc 70% 70% with 60% in all skills
MSc Management (Entrepreneurship) MSc 70% 70% with 60% in all skills
MSc Management (Finance) MSc 70% 70% with 60% in all skills
MSc Management (Human Resource Management) MSc 70% 70% with 60% in all skills
MSc Management (International Business) MSc 70% 70% with 60% in all skills
MSc Management (Supply Chain Logistics) MSc 70% 70% with 60% in all skills
MSc Marketing MSc 65% 70% with 60% in all skills
MSc Public Economics MSc 65% 60% with 50% in all skills

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Entry requirements

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Only the top five students in each subject area can progress to Finance and Management degrees. When you apply to the International Study Centre you will need to select an alternative degree option as your second choice - either Economics, Marketing or Accounting. To progress to Finance and Management degrees you will need to successfully complete the programme, achieve the required grades and attend an interview. If you do not achieve a place on that degree course you will be able to progress to your second choice as long as you have achieved the required grades. 

*Finance and Management progression degrees are only offered with the Pre-Masters programme starting in September.