Taught course

The Durham EBS Executive Master of Business Administration

Durham University · Durham Business School

Entry requirements

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 global.mba@durham.ac.uk. 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

Months of entry


Course content

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 the Business School, and meet the MBA team and your fellow students. We also start teaching core modules during this time.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

Scholarships and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MBA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Accredited by the Association of MBAs (2013)

Course contact details

Durham Business School
(0) 191 334 5532