MBA dual degree
EBS Universität & Durham University
The future necessitates a new approach to business practice and new leaders who place as much emphasis on societal values as on business success. The future needs executives with the ability to think internationally, work creatively, reflect, and act strategically. Study at two renowned European universities to become a leader who makes a difference.
The Durham-EBS Executive MBA offers you maximum flexibility and the compatibility of work and study. This allows you to take your career to the next level without having to make professional compromises.
International and inspirational
The Durham-EBS Executive MBA will provide you unique insights into how global markets function, how better to manage transnational business relationships, and provide you the platform to broaden your expertise as you further develop your international network. During the programme you will work with peers who represent a range of academic backgrounds, nationalities, job functions, industry sectors and companies. Diversity makes the difference. Cohorts are normally represented by a range of academic backgrounds, including business and economics, the social, natural and physical sciences, computer science, law, medicine, and others. Typically, students represent 6 to 10 nationalities, range in age from 28 to 50, and come from a diverse professional backgrounds such as aerospace, aviation, automotive, banking and finance, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, consulting, consumer products, engineering and technology, energy and power generation, IT, law, logistics and transport, healthcare, retail, and NGOs. Some students may hold professional qualifications obtained through certified training programmes.
We make studying an experience.
Experience two weeklong residential stays in Durham, an optional week in Silicon Valley, as well as group events and guest speakers throughout the programme. We start by focusing on you and your fellow students with personal introductions and an introduction to Durham University Business School. We then partake in a two-day offsite experience in the charming English Lake District, where enduring relationships are formed. Together with your peers you will develop mindfulness and self-awareness techniques that will help guide you through the programme and your career. Later in the programme, as part of an exclusive cooperation, you will have the opportunity to study the entrepreneurial and start-up culture of Silicon Valley for a week at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management.
Working together to build a network that lasts a lifetime.
You'll get access to a combined network of over 210,000 graduates through Durham University and EBS Universität alumni associations. Durham University Business School serves more than 36,000 alumni in over 140 countries and EBS Universität’s network includes over 10,000 graduates who serve in senior positions around the world.
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About Durham University
Established over 180 years ago, Durham University is one of the oldest universities in the UK. The Business School was one of the first university business schools to be established in the UK and through its triple accreditation is recognised among an elite group worldwide. All programmes combine academic excellence and incisive research with exceptional global business connections. Durham works with partners around the world to push boundaries.
About EBS Universität
EBS Universität is one of the oldest privately-owned universities in Germany - aligned for competence, excellence, network since 1971. Under the aegis of the private, state-recognized EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, EBS offers a unique portfolio consisting of Bachelor’s, Law, Master’s and Doctoral programmes as well as first-rate executive education for working professionals. EBS is renowned for excellent research results together with a strong focus on practical use. In 2016, the EBS became part of the non-profit foundation SRH.
After completing your Executive MBA programme many options are open to you – from taking on greater responsibility within your current firm or progressing into a different job function. Many Durham-EBS EMBA graduates work successfully in senior positions.
Applicants who have gained experience in any sector including business, consulting, finance, legal, scientific, technology, and other professional fields are well positioned to further develop their career through the Durham-EBS Executive MBA.
This programme will serve as the cornerstone of your international career and support your continued development by providing you with:
Our demonstrated expertise in imparting knowledge, skills and and different approaches to solving business problems is proven in a strong network of alumni, many of whom work in top positions in business. By studying the Durham-EBS Executive MBA you will become part of the alumni networks of both Durham University Business School and EBS Universität. Alumni of the Durham-EBS Executive MBA outline their motivations and experiences below.
The Executive MBA at EBS Universität and Durham University was the best way for me to complete my MBA in less than two years and benefit from the networking, extensive discussions and learning through the face-to-face lectures. I was also attracted by the opportunity to participate in a programme offered in two unique locations and countries.
The Executive MBA is completed on a part-time basis and instruction is delivered primarily in monthly three-day modules over 14 months, followed by a 4-month strategic business project. With an emphasis on in-person delivery, you will engage with professors, fellow students, and programme materials designed to optimise the learning environment.
Students enjoy a one-week residential at Durham University in September of their first and second year, during which they complete one core module. The other core modules are taught at the EBS campus in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. Students may take all their optional modules at EBS or at Durham, or a combination of both locations. In addition, students may participate in a one-week elective module on New Venture Creation offered by the University of San Francisco School of Management.
You will complete nine core modules, three elective modules from a range of electives offered, and the capstone strategic consulting project within 18 months. Two residential stays at Durham University are held respectively in September of the first and second year. To enable students to broaden their international educational experience, a special week-long elective module is offered in Silicon Valley through our cooperation with the University of San Francisco School of Management.
The New Venture Creation elective module enhances the international component of your studies with additional experience abroad. You will immerse yourself in an entrepreneurial environment and dynamic business culture while studying the development and launch of new business ideas. During this one-week module you will attend lectures at the University of San Francisco School of Management, visit start-ups in Silicon Valley, and learn from industry leaders who have founded successful businesses, which in prior years have included the Cisco, Intel, Salesforce, and The North Face.
Towards the end of your studies, you will have the opportunity to explore a business issue in your firm, industry sector, or other contemporary business challenge by incorporating your newly gained knowledge and experience into your final strategic business project.
Students enjoy residential stays at Durham University during the first and second year of their studies. The first-year residential enables you to get to know your fellow students, be introduced to the programme, and become familiar with Durham University and the city of Durham.
Significant time is dedicated to group formation and relationship building. This occurs through a range of indoor and outdoor activities in Durham and the Lake District National Park. During this time, you will get to know your fellow students better, make valuable contacts, and further develop your personal skills.
The second-year residential focuses on the Boardroom Exercise module, a real-life management simulation that draws from learnings gained in the previous modules. The course is highly interactive, and students work with non-executive directors of UK companies and organisations as they refine their work.
The core modules enable you to develop deeper knowledge of business strategy and functional expertise. Two of the core modules are completed during the residential stays in Durham. Modules are held monthly typically from Thursday to Saturday and include:
During the second term you will select three elective modules from several options. The electives allow you to tailor your study focus to match your professional interests, needs and goals. Elective modules are offered at both EBS Universität and Durham University, with an additional option of studying in the United States. The elective modules typically include the following:
In addition to exceptional knowledge transfer, the programme promotes individual leadership skills and professional development. Throughout the programme you have many opportunities to develop your leadership approach and capabilities.
Leading Yourself, Leading Teams, Leading Organisations
During your studies you will be working in interdisciplinary, international teams of students. You will sharpen your analytical and problem-solving skills while refining your communication skills and ability to convince others of your ideas.
Learning will take place through a combination of taught input, group work and discussion. You will work on a business case study, to recognise, evaluate and resolve the corporate challenges faced by organisations. You will draw on drawing on contemporary business practice, theory and research to rationalise, underpin and defend the issues and proposed solutions in the real world.
AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is a global not-for-profit organisation that brings together educators, students and businesses to achieve a common goal: to educate the next generation of leaders. Since 1916, AACSB has stood for the highest standards of quality, providing quality assurance, business education information, and learning and development services worldwide.
In 2022, EBS Universität was reaccredited by Wissenschaftsrat, the German Council of Science and Humanities, for the next 5 years.
This academic seal of quality is awarded to non-governmental universities whose performance in teaching and research meets recognised scientific standards. The period of accreditation by the Wissenschaftsrat is for a maximum of ten years, depending on the outcome of the review process. The Wissenschaftsrat is one of Germany’s most critical science policy advisory bodies and advises the federal and state governments on developing universities, science and research. In the multi-stage accreditation procedure, which includes the submission of a self-report by the university and a visit to the university by an external group of experts over several days, the university is evaluated in eight key areas. These include its academic quality in research and teaching, its structures and equipment, and its quality assurance and development.
All study programmes at EBS Universität are accredited by the Accreditation Council and are reviewed regularly in cooperation with the accreditation agency FIBAA.
The superordinate Foundation Akkreditierungsrat is an association of the German federal states aiming for quality assurance in learning and teaching at German universities. Since 2018, following the conversion of the German accreditation process, the Akkreditierungsrat has focused on the decision of accreditations. These are based on reviews of the accreditation agencies on programme accreditations as well as system accreditations. Thus, the Akkreditierungsrat plays an essential role in the final evaluation of the respective study programme. The Accreditation Council only accepts expert reports from accreditation agencies that have the EQAR registration of the Accreditation Council. The degree programmes at EBS Universität have been assessed by FIBAA, which is notably recognised in business and economics.
In today's busy business environment there is less time to gain and broaden experience and to grow into new positions. The Durham-EBS Executive MBA solves this by combining your current work with knowledge and skills gained though studying for a higher level qualification. This programme is aimed at anyone with management, personnel and/or budgetary responsibility who wants to sharpen their leadership skills further and broaden their expertise.
We set high standards to ensure our EMBA students are of a high calibre. We require students to have well-developed analytical and reasoning powers. You also need to have an appetite to learn and work hard, have excellent communication skills, be able to work under pressure and be motivated to make a difference.
The Durham-EBS Executive MBA trains managers who help shape and drive the economy. This process begins by finding the right people for our management study programme.
Begin your application by submitting the following documents:
Please apply online and upload your documents via our application portal. We will check them immediately. We look forward to meeting you at an individual selection interview if you meet the requirements.
It is advisable to apply before July of the year you wish to start to allow time to prepare for you programme which may include applying for the necessary visas.
We will review your documents and provide prompt feedback. Applicants will be invited to participate in an informal admission interview conducted jointly by the EBS and Durham programme directors during which they will have the opportunity to showcase their academic and professional achievements, discuss professional goals, and gain further insights into the programme.
Scholarships may be awarded to well-qualified applicants who demonstrate significant achievements of either an academic or professional nature or a combination of both. Well-qualified female applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic ability and/or professional achievement or potential may be considered for a “Women in Business” scholarship.
We look forward to welcoming you onto the Durham-EBS Executive MBA programme.
The Durham-EBS Executive MBA is an investment in a high-quality educational experience and your career. You need to plan the following investment for the Durham-EBS Executive MBA study programme:
Total tuition fees: 44,950 EUR
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