Study business at university

What is business?

Business is the study of commercial activity and generating profits. You will learn about economic impacts, marketing and the management of staff and resources as part of your degree programme. You will also get a better understanding of the role businesses play in society and how they affect people both directly and indirectly.

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Corporate responsibility

Why study business?

There are a number of benefits to studying business at university:

Studying business gives you the chance to build a broad knowledge base and develop your own area of interest. Business graduates are always in demand, so you will have the opportunity to work in a diverse range of industries and careers. 

As well as developing your core abilities, a business degree will also give you the chance to build essential soft skills that will help you throughout your career. The communication skills you will develop during your business degree will help you work as part of a team and to articulate your ideas effectively.

Taking a degree in business will also give you a headstart in developing your entrepreneurial skills. You will learn about the foundations of running your own business, think critically about the problems you may face and learn about to develop a business plan.

Why study business at Durham University?

Durham University Business School is internationally renowned and its vision is to lead business thought and practice to improve global wealth and well-being. One of the UK's longest established business schools, Durham Business School is ranked 47th in Europe (FT European Business Schools 2018).

It is also one of an elite group of schools worldwide to carry three internationally recognised quality assurances. At Durham, you will learn from inspiring academics whose research is internationally renowned.

Key skills from studying business

Studying a business degree will help you develop skills that are highly desirable by potential employers:

  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Presentation skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Interpreting financial data
  • Organisation
  • Problem-solving
  • Project and resource management
  • An understanding of economic fluctuations and other external changes affecting businesses

Durham University Business School is ranked 47th in Europe

(FT European Business Schools 2018)

Rumaysa is an international student from Pakistan

Studying abroad is a great opportunity that everyone should achieve at least once in their life, because otherwise they won't know how to adapt to the world. If you stay at home, you won't get the same experiences.  

Rumaysa from Pakistan
Studied International Foundation Year in Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance
Now studying BA (Hons) Business Management

What business degree can I study at Durham University?

There are several business-related degrees you can choose from when you progress to Durham University. These include:


Degree preparation at the International Study Centre

Our International Foundation Year in Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance prepares international students for their business degree at Durham. The programme will help you develop the study skills, knowledge and English language level needed to pursue a business degree at Durham.

This pathway lasts for three terms and, alongside core modules, you will study designated modules related to your progression degree. These include:

  • Foundations of Business
  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Academic Practice (for Business)
  • Studying Social Life (for Business)

Business career opportunities

A business degree will give you a broad set of skills, transferrable to a number of industries and public sector roles.

  • Accountant
  • Actuarial analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Data analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Marketing executive
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Supply chain manager