The Durham EBS Executive Master of Business Administration
18 months part-time
You will study at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Durham, UK and EBS, 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, the diverse teaching faculty as well as the diversity of student backgrounds in each cohort. 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:
- Nine core modules; seven modules are delivered in Germany and two modules are delivered in Durham
- Three elective modules delivered in Germany, Durham or another international location
- 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.
The nine core modules of the programme will establish your foundational knowledge, understanding and research skills:
- Economics for Global Business
- Managing People
- Operations and Technology
- Strategic Management
- Sustainability and Ethics
- The Boardroom Exercise
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
- New Venture Creation
- Leading Change
- 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 that 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 North West of England.
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 Experience - New Venture Creation
The Durham-EBS Executive MBA examines business in today’s interconnected world. This elective module extends the global dimension further by offering you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in another country’s businesses and culture whilst studying a particular business topic. You will be joined by other Durham MBA students, enabling you to make new contacts and broaden your network.
In recent years students travelled to San Francisco for study focused on entrepreneurship and new venture creation in the centre of America’s start-up culture in Silicon Valley. During this week, hosted by the University of San Francisco School of Management, 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.
Covid-19: As the health and well-being of our students is our main priority opportunities to travel to international locations may not be able to happen. If further or continued government restrictions necessitate, we will deliver these important global learning experiences virtually.
Note: International locations and topics for this module may vary from year to year. If you choose to participate you are asked to cover the cost of your travel to and from the destination, accommodation, some meals and incidental expenses. There may 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.
We recommend an early application.
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.
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 1000
Fees and funding
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Key to your career
Whatever your interests, you’ll find our careers team is one of the most useful resources to support you on your way to your target career. Now more than ever, it’s the skills you’re able to demonstrate in addition to your academic abilities that will make you shine in a fiercely competitive jobs market.
That’s why our facilities and services are designed to complement your course and help you develop essential professional and practical skills – from personal resilience and self-awareness to CV writing and interview techniques.
We work in partnership with the University's Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre to connect you with events, organisations or individuals to help kick-start your career.
One-to-one career support
As a Business School Masters student, you can take advantage of one-to-one appointments with a specialist Masters Career Consultant to help you with specific issues, from finding a route into your career to applying for your dream role.
Career development programme
Our Career Development Programme has been designed alongside our core academic programme to help you achieve your career goals and develop the skills that employers are looking for.
This starts at the beginning of Term One with our Careers Weekend. This weekend will provide insight and enable the development of essential career management skills. Covering a wide range of topics, the event will support career planning, facilitate skills development and enhance your knowledge of the full recruitment cycle. The weekend will be actively focused on identifying, preparing and securing employment opportunities throughout your studies.
Sector specific presentations
Our Career Insights sessions are delivered by external professionals with expertise and knowledge of their particular sector which provide insights into working in areas that are popular with our students.
Previous guest speakers have delivered presentations on working in banking, professional services, and management development programmes within international companies.
Business Projects and Placements
The business project or placement is a great way to gain practical work experience and develop consultancy skills. We can help you choose from a range of regional, national and international organisations of different sizes in different sectors or you can source your own project – some target an organisation they’d like to work for. However you tailor the project, it will help you to put new knowledge and skills into practice and influence real life business issues.
We’re proud of our strong international connections. Helping you get an inside perspective on global business is a key part of the programme. That’s why you’ll have the opportunity to go on the optional International Study Tour to a European destination in March/April. This self-funded, one-week programme is a great way to immerse yourself in the country’s business environment, providing the chance to make new contacts and helping you stand out in the competitive jobs market.
If you are interested in carrying out research or a business project in an international location for your dissertation, we may also be able to connect you with our international partner institutions.
Support for International Students
We recognise that many of our students will progress their careers outside of the UK once they finish their studies, and our career development programme is designed with this in mind. We offer events focused on career opportunities in China and are continually developing relationships with international recruiters.
If you’re an international student interested in working in the UK after your studies, the careers team works closely with Durham University's Student Immigration & Financial Support Office to provide you with information related to immigration. Their advisers are dedicated to helping our students understand the requirements and restrictions of their visas during their studies and can provide limited advice on post-study visa requirements.
You can access English language support from English Language Centre.
Through the Career Development Programme you will have access to a huge range of career resources including an interview simulator with a bank of interview questions, a CV builder, and our international Jobs Board.
Alumni career support
You can continue to make the most of our specialist career development advice after you graduate, including on-going one-to-one support from our Masters Career Consultants, workshops in our key locations, and continued access to our online career resources.
Our Master's programmes consistently appear in top independent rankings for both quality and reputation. Taught by a world-class faculty and supported by international-quality research, these intensive one-year, full-time programmes help you develop the analytical and practical skills employers value. Study with us and you’ll be part of an elite business school with triple accreditation.
Research Excellence Framework
- Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).
You will be taught at Durham University Business School, one of the longest established business schools in the UK, in state-of-the-art facilities. The School is also one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business(AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).