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N1KM17 The Durham EBS Executive Master of Business Administration MBA Postgraduate Taught  2017


Degree MBA
Mode of study Part Time
Duration 2 years (part-time)
Start Date 19-01-2017
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 5532

Course Summary


The Executive MBA - Durham and EBS, gives you the opportunity to benefit from the combined strengths of two highly respected institutions: Durham University Business School and the European Business School (EBS) in Germany. This dual award draws on both UK-specific and European experience to give you an insight into today’s business world.

You will have the chance to explore how global markets operate and how to manage transnational business relations. You will have the opportunity to build an international network of contacts, working alongside a diverse group of experienced professionals from the UK, Germany and around the world. 

The Executive MBA - Durham and EBS is a two-year part-time programme that pairs flexibility with a truly international outlook. The programme is made up of:

  • Two residential weeks in Durham
  • Seven core modules delivered in Germany or Durham
  • Five three-day elective courses (Thursday to Saturday) in Germany, Durham or other international locations
  • An optional international module.

Note: Accommodation costs for residentials at the start of year one and year two are included in the course fee.

Because modules are delivered at both the EBS campus in Germany and Durham’s renowned business school, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from ‘the best of both worlds’: the pioneering outlook and international spirit of Germany’s European Business School and the calibre and heritage of Durham.

You will study:

  • Seven core modules
  • Five electives 
  • Business Project (dissertation)
  • Residential Induction Week

Seven core modules

These are the foundation of your programme, establishing the management knowledge, understanding and research skills every leader needs. These include: 

  • Managing in the Competitive Environment
  • Managing in the Global Environment
  • Managing Finance
  • Managing People
  • Improving Management Decision Making
  • Strategic Management
  • Methods of Inquiry.

Five elective modules

You also select five elective modules. Choices change year on year, depending on current faculty and relevance to business.

Business project (dissertation)

The programme culminates in a 15,000-word Business Project. This is a great opportunity to apply your MBA skills in a practical context, helping an organisation tackle a current issue while developing your own experience, building your network and, in many instances, extending your international experience. 

International study week

The Executive MBA is shaped by today's connected business world. Through our optional international modules we take this unique global dimension further, allowing you to immerse yourself in another country's business and culture. Locations may vary from year to year but in the past year have included San Francisco and China. 

If you choose to participate in one of these optional modules, you will be expected to pay for travel to and from the destination, accommodation, some meals and incidental expenses. 

Residential induction opportunities

The Executive MBA: Durham and EBS programme begins in late January with a six-day residential induction where you’ll get to visit Durham University Business School, and meet the MBA team and your fellow students. We also start teaching core modules during this time.

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Course Learning and Teaching

The Durham/EBS MBA Programme is normally delivered through a mixture of methods including lectures, seminars, case studies, individual and group presentations. Some sessions could be delivered by guest speakers who are practitioners in the field. 

Students study 7 core modules, and select 5 elective modules which enables them to undertake more in-depth study of particular topics. This is followed by a 15,000 word dissertation or Business Project to allow students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. They are supported in writing their dissertation through the study of research methods, and attending individual meetings with an allocated supervisor, who monitors their progress and provides advice. The Business Project allows an opportunity to put new skills into practice in the real world, working on a live project with a regional, national or international company.

In addition, students have opportunities such as an International Study Week at an overseas location and a Boardroom Simulation Activity.

Academic Support:

Our MBA Careers Development Programme incorporates skills development, career management and the Durham Speaker Series and runs throughout the academic year. Students have the opportunity of individual meetings with a Career Consultant throughout the year and during induction they attend a Personal and Team Development residential activity and additional workshops, normally held over three days. Over the three terms students can attend various workshops to enhance their interpersonal skills and career development. 

Learning Resource:

Outside of timetabled contact hours, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study in preparation for teaching sessions, assignments and other forms of assessment including exams, and general background reading to broaden their subject knowledge. The Programme Director is able to provide students with general advice on academic matters. Teaching staff are also available to provide additional support on a one-to-one basis via weekly consultation hours.

Students also have access to the facilities available at Mill Hill Lane including an onsite library and IT helpdesk, when they are in Durham.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

  • A minimum of three (preferably five) years' relevant work experience of a managerial nature.
  • A good degree or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Two recent professional references.

If you don’t have these formal qualifications, we will also consider management experience. If this applies to you, we will ask you to send a portfolio of evidence, showcasing your capabilities including critical thinking and communication skills.

How do I apply?

Applications should be made via EBS online application form.

Further information is available on the Durham-EBS Executive MBA website

If you would like to speak to someone from Durham about the programme before applying, please contact our MBA Team on

If you would like to speak to someone about the admissions process contact:

Durham University Business School
Mill Hill Lane
Durham DH1 3LB
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)191 334 5532
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 5530


Laura Fischl, Admissions Manager
European Business School (EBS)
International University Schloss Reichartshausen
Rheingaustrasse 1
65375 Oestrich-Winkel
Phone: +49 (0) 611 7102 1591

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Part Time Fees

The standard tuition fee for the two-year Executive MBA programme is 32,500.The Early Application tuition fee (for complete applications submitted prior to the 31 August) is 28,250.

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

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Business School

For information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please click here.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

Business School


Durham University Business School is one of a small elite group of academic institutions worldwide who are accredited by all three major quality assurance bodies - AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This achievement is a testament to the quality of all our programmes, and gives you the extra assurance that they, and the School, have been rigorously tested and proven to be of high quality. 

Connecting with business

Over the years we've built strong links with many leading global organisations. Companies such as KPMG, Deloitte and RBS give our students access to 'live' issues and practical challenges. At the same time, business partners gain a fresh perspective from us and benefit from our research and insights. 

Bringing great minds together across the globe

We are a truly international business school with over 100 nationalities in our student and faculty bodies. Diverse perspectives and experiences feed into our learning, providing a unique insight into cultural nuances around the world. What's more, through our partnerships with other international universities, we're able to tap into a huge pool of global knowledge.

Thinking further

Creativity and critical thinking are two of the most valuable -and often overlooked - business skills. That's why we focus our teaching on developing agile, independent minds. Equipped with these vital skills, our graduates can tackle whatever business brings, however unpredictable. Employers tell us this is what sets Durham graduates apart. 

Looking to the future

We may be inspired by our past, but we are firmly focused on the future. We're currently investing in new world-class facilities to match our reputation including the expansion of the Mill Hill Lane site and the development of improved teaching, office and events spaces.


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