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The Durham-EBS Executive MBA


At a glance

MBA The Durham EBS Executive Master of Business Administration

Course Duration
18 months
Mode of study
Part Time
Durham, UK and Oestrich-Winkel, Germany
Start Date
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You will study at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Durham in the UK and the Upper Middle Rhine region in Germany. As the Durham-EBS Executive EMBA is delivered entirely in English in a classroom setting, you can continue to work full-time whilst studying as most teaching is delivered once each month in three-day blocks (Thursday through to Saturday).

The programme’s strong international focus is also reflected in the core and elective modules, with the International Business in Context elective module delivered at a top business destination. The business and alumni connections you gain will also support you in furthering your career. More

Course Summary

Course Summary


You will study at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Durham in the UK and the Upper Middle Rhine region in Germany. As the Durham-EBS Executive MBA is delivered entirely in English in a classroom setting, you can continue to work full-time whilst studying as most teaching is delivered once each month in three-day blocks (Thursday through to Saturday).

The programme’s strong international focus is also reflected in the core and elective modules, with the International Business in Context elective module delivered at a top business destination. The business and alumni connections you gain will also support you in furthering your career. 

This dual award draws on both UK-specific and European experience giving you an insight into leadership in today’s international business world.

Throughout the programme you will explore the operations of global markets, understand how to lead transnational business relations and further build your international network of contacts. You will also be working alongside a diverse group of experienced business professionals and academics from the UK, Germany and around the world.

The Durham-EBS Executive MBA programme commences each September with a seven-day residential stay in Durham, England.  During the 18 month programme you will complete:

  1. Nine core modules; seven modules are delivered in Germany and two modules are delivered in Durham
  2. Three elective modules delivered in Germany, Durham or another international location
  3. A Strategic Business Project

Note: Module instruction in Germany is held once a month from Thursday to Saturday. The cost of accommodation and some meals for each one-week residential stay in Durham is included in the programme fee.

Core Modules

The nine core modules of the programme will establish your foundational knowledge, understanding and research skills:

  • Accounting
  • Economics for Global Business
  • Finance
  • Managing People
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Technology
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainability and Ethics
  • The Boardroom Exercise

Elective Modules

You will then choose the three elective modules most aligned to your personal career aspirations and goals from the following list to complete:

  • Advanced Finance for Business
  • Business Analytics
  • International Business in Context
  • Leading Change
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Technology and Innovation

Note: Elective module choices may change year on year, depending on current faculty and relevance to business.

Strategic Business Project

Following the completion of your elective modules, you will undertake a research-based Strategic Business Project. You may choose to pursue the project in two ways, either by working with your own company or a host organisation, or through an issue-led investigation which is not focused on a particular organisation but instead examines a specific management issue.

You will receive training in academic writing, as well as qualitative and quantitative business research methods throughout the programme as part of this module.

This is a great opportunity for you to apply your MBA skills and knowledge to address a practical question and help your own or another organisation tackle a current issue or challenge. Whilst undertaking the project you will further develop your research and management skills, building your network and, and in many instances, extending your international experience.

Past projects have been undertaken across a wide variety of organisations, such as multinational corporations in the manufacturing, service and finance sectors, family-owned businesses, the public sector and non-profit organisations.

Two Residential Weeks

Your first residential is a seven-day induction in the UK at the start of your Durham-EBS Executive MBA journey, which will launch you into the programme. It’s a great way to introduce you to the EMBA and enhance your key capabilities including team building, group work, reading and academic writing skills (supporting those who may have been away from academic education for some time).

Not only will you spend time at Durham University Business School and have the chance to explore the city of Durham, you will go on to discover another area in the UK. In previous years this has been the Lake District, a charming region in the Northwest of England.

Your induction will Your induction in Durham provides an opportunity for you to meet your fellow students and members of the EMBA Programme Management Team. You will receive personal introductions, be provided with information to navigate your way through the programme, and learn out about support and administrative services. 

You will familiarise yourself with Durham University and then on Tuesday you will receive academic writing training and attend your first module.

You will travel to another UK destination where you will engage in a variety of indoor and outdoor team-building experiences and develop various additional personal and team skills. This is a particularly memorable aspect of the EMBA and the relationships built here will last throughout the programme and beyond.

Your second residential week will take place the following year, probably in September. During this week you will complete another core module in Durham, UK.

International Business in Context

The Durham-EBS Executive MBA is shaped by today's connected business world. This elective module takes this unique global dimension further, offering you the opportunity to immerse yourself in another country's businesses and culture whilst studying a particular business topic. You will be joined by Durham’s Online MBA students, enabling you to make new contacts and broaden your network.

In 2017 students travelled with Durham’s Online MBA students to San Francisco for study focused on entrepreneurship and innovation in the centre of America’s start-up culture in Silicon Valley. During this week they attended lectures, workshops, coaching sessions, company visits, tutorial sessions, interactive group work and a certificate awards ceremony.

Lectures were delivered by initial investors of Google, PayPal, and OpenTable; one of the key developers of the Kindle; and the founder of The North Face. The week culminated in students presenting a business pitch to leading academics and corporate experts.

Please note: International locations and topics for this module may vary from year to year. If you choose to participate you are expected to cover the cost of your travel to and from the destination, accommodation, some meals and incidental expenses. There may also be an additional module fee.

Careers, coaching and student support

You can choose to be mentored by a certified coach at EBS as you consider your life and career choices, and select the coach based on common interest. 

Career services support is available from EBS, and you can access the online careers platform provided by Durham University Business School which will provide you with supplementary skills to supporting you in advancing your career.

The Programme Director will keep in regular contact with you as well as tutors and programme teams at both sites.


Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

We recommend early application: anyone submitting complete application documents by April 30, 2018, qualifies for a reduction of 10% in tuition fees.

Normally an Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent international or professional qualification.*

Applicants holding a Bachelor degree or equivalent should normally have a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience. Applicants who hold a Masters degree or equivalent should have a minimum of three years’ professional work experience.

For applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS score of 7.0 (no element under 6.0) or IBT TOEFL score of 102 (no element under 23) or an equivalent English language qualification may be required. Those whose daily work is conducted primarily in English may be exempted from this requirement.

* In exceptional circumstances the lack of a prior academic qualification is not necessarily a barrier to admission; managerial experience is also taken into account and therefore applicants without a first degree may be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their management experience and capability, including evidence of academic ability, skills of critical thinking and analysis, communication skills and clarity of thought and expression.

Applications should be submitted via the European Business School (EBS).

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please contact:

Admissions Manager (EBS): +49 611 7102 1590
Admissions Manager (Durham): +44 191 334 5533 |


English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

The tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year have not yet been finalised, they will be displayed here once approved.

The total fee for the 18-month programme is €40,000, payable across the duration of the programme.

Included in the fee:

  • Induction (taught in Durham, or online)
  • Online teaching materials
  • Library access (including access to subscription journals)
  • Tutor support

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

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Changes to The Durham EBS Executive Master of Business Administration (2019)

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Course title change amends for consistency.

Career Support

The Durham-EBS MBA is much more than a qualification – it is your gateway to a world of opportunities. Our careers team will make sure you maximise your chances of success, helping you develop that all-important edge.

Our Career Development Programme has been designed alongside our core academic programme, to help you develop the particular interpersonal skills employers are looking for. Focusing on the demands of global MBA recruiters, and feedback from MBA alumni, the programme has been created in partnership with programme directors and leading training partners.

The programme includes the following key elements:

Residential induction

To kick-start the Career Development Programme, you’ll be invited to attend a residential induction. This provides a great opportunity for you to meet and get to know other students and staff, settle in to the Executive MBA, as well as enhance your self-awareness and develop, demonstrate and receive feedback on essential interpersonal skills.

Boardroom activity

Our unique boardroom activity is an elective module which enables you to put your business skills to the test in a live boardroom setting. By replicating the tensions and challenges of a real boardroom it helps develop vital interpersonal skills such as strategy and decision making. The activity culminates in a role-play of a boardroom meeting, where experienced company executives chair the session and provide guidance, direction and feedback. It’s also a great opportunity to meet and build your network with corporate partners.

The Schools

Durham University Business School

Durham University Business School is one of the longest established business schools in the UK, and is among an elite group worldwide to carry triple-accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

The School is part of Durham University, which is one of the oldest universities in the UK and benefits from a collegiate system and a culture steeped in heritage. Students on this EMBA programme will have the opportunity to access excellent teaching, work in a state-of-the-art Business School and experience what the beautiful region in the Northeast of England has to offer.

Students appreciate not only Durham University campus with its rich history and heritage, but also the atmosphere of Durham. The Durham World Heritage Site was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1986, and includes Durham Cathedral, the Shrine of St Cuthbert and Durham Castle. Find out more here.

The city of Durham is a gateway to the picturesque area of the North East of England. Students visit Durham at the start of the programme, and for additional elective modules as they choose. Durham is a 20 minute taxi ride away from Newcastle Airport and the railway station is on the main east coast line with direct links to London and Edinburgh.

Find out more about Durham University Business School.

European Business School, Germany

Under the umbrella of the private, state-recognized EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht you will find a programme portfolio that is unique across Germany. The EBS Business School offers Bachelor Masters and doctoral programmes in several business disciplines. The EBS Law School provides an excellent education in legal studies. In addition there is a range of top-class executive education offerings for working professionals. Our Business and Law School reap the benefit from their synergies, building a strong foundation for innovative research and continuing education activities of high practical relevance.

Furthermore, our extensive Career Services Centre, Coaching sessions, Studium Universale, Personal Mastery and the opportunity for social engagement significantly enhance your personal development.

The EBS “Schloss” campus is located in one of the most historic and picturesque regions of Germany: the “Rheingau”. The Upper Middle Rhine region was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. The EBS campus overlooks the Rhine River and is surrounded by its own vineyards. During the programme students will have many opportunities to get to know the historic sites, local cuisine and famous wineries in the area. Most core courses and elective courses are held at the EBS Schloss campus, the primary location for instruction. The campus is located just 30 minutes from the Frankfurt Airport, 15 minutes from Wiesbaden, and is easy to reach by car or train.

Find out more about EBS.

Course Structure

The programme begins in January and courses are delivered over a period of three semesters on the EBS campus. Two one-week residential stays are held at Durham University Business School in England in January of the first and second year of study, with additional optional electives held in Durham for those who wish to spend more time studying there. There is also an optional international study tour.

Semester 1 (Jan-Jun)Semester 2 (Jul-Dec)Semester 3 (Jan-Jul)Semester 4 (Aug-Jan)

Year 1 Residential - Durham
Strategic Management 1

Managing Finance – 1

Year 2 Residential – Durham

Strategic Management 2
August Break
Managing in the Global Environment (Macro) – 1
Managing Finance – 2
Managing in the Global Environment (Micro)– 2
Managing People
Managing in the Competitive Environment – 1 (Supply Chain)
Improving Management Decision Making
Managing in the Competitive Environment – 2 (Marketing)
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What our students think

Durham EBS eMBA 18 month MBA

Tobias Loida

Senior Consultant, TEAMWILLE GmbH

I enrolled for an MBA in order to enhance my business understanding and leadership skills with the more practically oriented perspective I thought an MBA programme would offer. The reputation of both business schools and the course structure, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the comradeship of an experienced and quite interdisciplinary peer group at attractive university locations were also very appealing to me.

My experience with the programme was overall very positive: I enjoyed some very interesting and well organized lectures with content I really can use today, especially the modules on Leadership, Boardroom Exercise and Management Consultancy, which gave me practical knowledge ready to apply in everyday situations and broadened my awareness.

Interesting guest speaker events and a lot of teambuilding ensured an enjoyable context of the classes at EBS and Durham University which I always looked forward to. A highlight for me was also the Silicon Valley immersion module with a trip to San Francisco, where I had the chance to meet a great number of interesting people and work together with them on the module assignments, combining intercultural perspectives and solution approaches.

After graduating I stayed with my employer and was promoted to a position with a lot more responsibility for people and turnover - a challenge that I can approach confidently thanks to the excellent preparation at EBS and Durham. The programme has a lasting experience in terms of the strong Business School network and career support which I know are there for me if I should need them.

Christian Reuter

Partner Manager EMEA & Asia Pacific, Trimble Inc.

Having worked previously within the high-tech field that suited my background as an engineer but covered mainly commercial roles, it was time to match my practical experience with a solid academic background. The programme was the perfect match as it includes the best of what the two universities have to offer. It was important for me to go through an international, accredited programme.

The programme gave me a solid academic foundation to back up the decisions which you constantly have to make in business. However the knowledge is only one side of the coin – to me the more important change is the broader perspective it gave me to look at business problems and opportunities.

Executive MBA - Durham and EBS

Johannes Koglin

Accenture Strategy

I was looking for a part-time program which allowed me to pursue my professional career in parallel. Secondly, I intended to join a top university that provided me both an international context as well as flexibility of study. Durham & EBS offered both.

The MBA is a well-accepted degree in the business world. Moreover, I have found that people appreciate the fact that I did it part-time while also having a busy career in consulting. I gained a strong business network which I can rely on in the future, and more importantly I was able to strengthen my leadership skills through the program.

It was great experience to study at traditional places like Durham and Oestrich-Winkel. I was deeply impressed by the cohesion of the class even though we only met once a month. I am convinced that the activities that where organised beside the official MBA classes were crucial to that experience.

Wemal Kumar

The question for me was: where to study? Even in Germany there are many institutions which offer an MBA. I chose the Durham-EBS program as it gave me the opportunity to study at two business schools with very high reputations. I have an international background and therefore a dual MBA from Germany and UK was very attractive to me.

Coming from a purely maritime environment in Hamburg, this programme opened a totally new world of people and opportunities to me and played a role in my decision to change industries while I was still studying.

A successful MBA degree requires discipline, dedication, flexibility and an open outlook. The Durham EBS MBA offered me the flexibility to pursue a solid, part-time MBA programme and people from both business schools were there for support when I needed it. 2½ years after graduation, I am still benefiting from the programme.

The 2012 cohort has a very special place in my heart, and to this day we have a vibrant group of Alumni in Hamburg which meets regularly.

2018 Scholarships Available

2018 Scholarships Available

Executive MBA Scholarships

Description: Durham and the EBS offer specially established scholarships for the Executive MBA. Suitably qualified applicants have the additional opportunity to save between 5% and 50% of the tuition fees:

  • EMBA Scholarship for Women in Business
  • EMBA Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • EMBA Scholarship for Outstanding Professional Achievement / Potential

Application process: You submit your application for a scholarship together with your application for a place on the Executive MBA Programme. Please note that all criteria for the award of a scholarship are fulfilled and that your documents are complete. A committee of representatives from both universities will evaluate the scholarship applications on a rotational basis in two meetings. It is therefore worthwhile applying as early as possible to secure one of the limited number of scholarships available. Interested candidates submit a completed scholarship application form available for download on the EBS website.

  • First scholarship meeting: deadline April 30
  • Second schoalrship meeting: deadline June 30

"After graduating I was promoted to a position with a lot more responsibility for people and turnover - a challenge that I can approach confidently thanks to the excellent preparation at EBS and Durham."

Tobias Loida
Senior Consultant, TEAMWILLE GmbH
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