Executive MBA EBS // Durham


Program Description

Two internationally renowned business schools, the Durham University Business School in England and the EBS Business School in Germany have joined forces to combine strengths and year-long experience in further education for executives to create an outstanding program: the Durham EBS Executive MBA.

At a glance

  • Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Duration of study: 18 months
  • Language: English
  • Start: annually, in September
  • ECTS: 60
  • Dual degree: Award of an MBA from Durham University, UK & the EBS Universität
  • Major field of study: Management
  • Costs: 40,000 EUR


  • English-speaking study program
  • Two degrees from two prestigious universities
  • Small learning groups
  • Individual coaching
  • Excellent corporate contacts
  • Extensive network

Program structure

Core modules

In this, you gain essential expertise, deeper insight into business management correlations and develop your skills in research and academic writing. Two of the core modules are delivered during your two stays in Durham. All core modules will be completed in the first thirteen months of the study program.

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

Elective modules

You choose three elective modules from those available which correspond best to your personal career expectations and goals.

  • Business Analytics
  • International Finance
  • Leading Change
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Technology and Innovation
  • International Business in Context (delivered in San Francisco, USA)

To guarantee maximum flexibility and diversity, all three elective modules can be completed at the EBS, Durham University or a combination of both universities, as well as at an alternative international location. Please note that the choice of modules can vary from year to year.

Strategic Business Project

Your thesis, the Strategic Business Project, offers you the opportunity to concentrate on a management topic of your own choice, thereby applying experience as well as theoretical knowledge and learned skills. During the actual module and at the beginning of your study program, you will be trained in qualitative and quantitative methods of economic research. This enables you to prepare high-quality assignments throughout your studies, developing these skills further, culminating in writing your thesis.

You can pursue the project itself in two ways, either in cooperation with your employer or a hosting company or by investigating a specific management topic. Previous projects have been conducted in numerous organizations, such as multinational corporations in production, in the service or financial sector, in family businesses, in the public sector or non-profit organizations.


  • A university degree or equivalent
  • At least 3 years’ working experience
  • Very good English language skills

You will be studying at one of the top business schools worldwide: The EBS Universität is regularly ranked amongst the top universities.

The world is changing rapidly, we will be preparing you for this: we equip you with the skills and methodical expertise you require to take on management tasks and social responsibility in a highly dynamic environment.

You learn to perform confidently in a digitized environment: programming languages, professional data analysis or information management, we teach you suitable digital skills you need to exploit the potential of a digitized world and to break new ground.

You benefit twice over: With the study program “International Dual Degree” you gain two degrees from two renowned universities. The Bachelor of Science from the EBS and the degree from the partner university you attended in the last three semesters.

Your complete study program is in English: At the EBS you study at international level and in an international environment, therefore all lectures and events are, of course, in English.

You gain practical knowledge with genuine added value: From the very start of your study program, you will benefit from our network of highly attractive corporate partners. We arrange internships in companies such as Accenture, BCG, BMW, Danone, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, L’Oréal, Morgan Stanley, P&G, PWC, and others. You will also receive intensive support at the start of your career from our Career Services Center and will also be in touch with corporate representatives during your studies.

You gain international experience at some of the best universities worldwide: you spend the first three semesters at the EBS and change for the remaining study period to a foreign partner university.

You benefit from top learning quality: you will achieve optimum learning success in small groups with explicit practical relevance and numerous case studies. Our unique coaching program and comprehensive curriculum for individual personality development put you in good stead for your professional career.

As a graduate of the ESB, you achieve an above-average starting salary: a degree from the EBS offers you financial benefit from the very beginning of your career. The average starting salary of our bachelor graduates is 56,000 euros (Employment Report 2016).

With our study program, you are in great demand on the job market: 85% of graduates receive their first job offer during their studies or at the latest 3 months after graduation (Employment Report 2016).

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Under the umbrella of the private, state-recognised EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht you will find a programme portfolio that is unique across Germany consisting of Bachelors, Law, Masters and ... Read More

Under the umbrella of the private, state-recognised EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht you will find a programme portfolio that is unique across Germany consisting of Bachelors, Law, Masters and doctoral programmes as well as top-class executive education 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. Read less