Durham University Business School is offering a full-fee scholarship worth £18,000 for a student entering its Executive MBA programme. 

Durham University Business School is offering a full-fee scholarship worth £18,000 for a student entering its Executive MBA programme.   

The leading business school is running an open competition for entries to its programme in January 2013 for entrants looking to hone their leadership skills and explore their business acumen.

Durham University Business SchoolStudents from a wide range of backgrounds have completed the course – including veterinary practitioners who were keen to complement their clinical skills.

Chris Gray, a recent graduate of the Durham Executive MBA programme, had been working as a vet from 1992 until 2008, when he moved from a clinical to managerial role within Vets Now and discovered an appetite for all aspects of business management – from financial planning to budgetary control.

He described his experience of earning his MBA as “hard”, but said: “working with fellow executive students from a huge variety of industry backgrounds provided illuminating discussion, argument, and a depth to the learning.”

“The executive MBA has definitely improved my career and opened up opportunities within Vets Now. I am now general manager of an internal division offering B2B services to the veterinary industry, ranging from health and safety to client education.

Chris Gray“The experience has undoubtedly changed the way I work and, although I will always be a vet, has opened up opportunities for the future that could be well beyond the sphere I currently work within.”

The course is structured into 4-day blocks (normally Wednesday to Saturday), approximately every six weeks, so studying is built around the realities of working life.

The successful recipient of the scholarship will be selected by a competition, which is now open for applications from all sectors.

To be eligible, candidates who hold an unconditional offer for the school’s Executive MBA programme must submit a 500-word essay in answer to the following question: “The Investment Management Association recently warned that having executives locked in combat with shareholders about executive pay at every round of annual meetings ‘would not be healthy’ for the UK economy (Financial Times online, June 19/06/12). Discuss the key issues associated with executive remuneration highlighted by this debate.”

The deadline for applications is December 17, 2012 and entries will be judged by a panel of business school faculty and University International office staff.  

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