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Durham - EBS Executive MBA

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

At a glance

  • Double Degree: Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Durham University, UK and EBS Universität
  • Focus: Management
  • Start: Annually in fall term
  • Study duration: 18 months (part-time)
  • Achievable ECTS: 60 credits
  • Investment: 40,000 Euro
  • Language: English

Studying at EBS

  • English-speaking study programme
  • Two degrees from two prestigious universities
  • Small learning groups
  • Individual coaching
  • Excellent corporate contacts
  • Extensive network
  • Learning on the job


Since we have an ongoing admission procedure, we recommend applying early in order to ensure a study place in time.

The selection process takes place either on-site on one of our selection days or online. In addition, a written test may be required.


Start of fall term 2020:

4 April 2020

Good to know

Early Bird Reduction
Apply before 30 April 2020 and receive a 10 per cent reduction on the tuition fees!

Scholarships and student financing

Durham University Business School - EMBA Scholarship


The Executive MBA programme of EBS Universität in cooperation with Durham University Business School is accredited by AMBA. Durham University is also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS.

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Top 25 performing universities in student mobility

2019 Top Performers

No. 18 // Tier one

CEO Magazine
Global Executive MBA Rankings 2019

No. 3 in Germany and No. 27 in Western Europe

Best Masters Ranking Top 2018 - Executive MBA

Top scores worldwide

Business Studies Comparison 2017

Top tier in all categories

University Ranking 2017 - Business Bachelor Universities in Germany

Superior Research & Employability

Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017 - Full-time MBA

Accreditations and partner

The study programmme

Accreditation: The Executive MBA programme of EBS Universität in cooperation with Durham University Business School is accredited by AMBA. Durham University is also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS, making it one of the world’s top business schools.

You study at two of the top business schools worldwide: EBS Universität ranks 12th in the global Financial Times Ranking (2016) // Durham ranks 6th in the UK, 13th in Europe and 43rd globally in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking (2019)

Complete your study programme entirely in English: You study at international level and in an international environment, therefore all lectures and events are, of course, in English.

You benefit from a high quality of learning: optimum learning success in small, multicultural study groups with regular practical application and numerous case studies. Experience, for instance, the challenge and interactive nature of a simulated boardroom case.

Unlock your true potential: you will be excellently prepared for your career choice and your future leadership position through personal coaching and with the support of a comprehensive Career Service.

You enhance your leadership and management skills: your regular contact to international research scholars and practitioners opens new perspectives and gives you the opportunity to learn from top experts in the field.

You gain international and practical know-how with genuine added value: Already during your studies you benefit from our network of highly attractive corporate partners and enhance your skills through familiarisation with the German and British corporate worlds.

Study and learn “on the job”: continue to work parallel to your studies without any loss in income and directly apply all you have learned in your job, to give your career development an instant boost.

Expand your professional network: Contacts and friendships you make during your studies often last a lifetime. As alumni of EBS Universität and Durham Business School you also have access to a network of more than 32,000 former students in 150 countries.

Programme structure

  • Double Degree: Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Durham University, UK and EBS Universität
  • Focus: Management
  • Start: Fall Term
  • Study duration: 18 months
  • Achievable ECTS: 60 credits
  • Investment: 40,000 Euro
  • Language: English

If you are driven and motivated, this programme is designed for you. It will take your learning to a higher level. You can continue to work and at the same time expand your managerial and leadership capabilities.

The 18 month programme is divivded across three terms and nine basic modules, three elective modules, and a final strategic business project. Please note:

  • You start your Strategic Business Project right away and continue with it throughout your studies. The culmination of your new skills will be incorporated during the third semester in the final project.
  • In the second semester a week-long additional, international elective is offered.
  • The third and final semester starts with one week at Durham University Business School with the Boardroom Exercise module where you experience an intensive management simulation.

Studienprogrammübersicht - Executive MBA EBS - Durham

Residential Introduction Week

The first residential week encourages students to familiarise themselves with their colleagues, the programme, Durham City, and the Business School. A high proportion of time is dedicated to team building, including indoor and outdoor skill development activities, based in the Lake District National Park.

Core Modules

The first nine months of your EMBA will be made up of nine core modules predominantly delivered at the EBS “Schloss” campus, with two delivered in Durham during the residential weeks. Modules are taught once a month and last three days from Thursday to Saturday.

Elective Modules

You will be required to choose three modules from the options available, these have been designed to provide you with choice and flexibility to meet your personal and professional requirements. Electives are delivered at either EBS or Durham, with an additional opportunity to study in an international location.

Second Residential Week

The second residential week focuses on the Boardroom Exercise, which takes place over the full week and is a real-life simulation of a boardroom exercise. A highly interactive, team-based course focusing on the knowledge and insights gained during the first year of study.

Strategic Business Project

To develop your research and practical skills, you will complete a Strategic Business Project which will complement the knowledge and skills that you have gained throughout the programme. Supported by an academic supervisor you will engage in an extensive project to be trained in qualitative and quantitative methods of research. You will analyse and evaluate a strategic issue within your company and challenge and explore concepts and apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the classroom.

Supporting you is very important to us

Durham University and EBS Universität offer not only excellent teaching and an intensive learning environment but also comprehensive services. We want you to attain the best results in your studies so that you can continue to develop professionally in future years.

The programme directors of both universities will be in regular contact with you during your studies and are available for any questions you may have regarding the programme. Lecturers and members of the entire programme team ensure that you receive the support you need in your everyday student life.

We will also support you in…

  • your career planning and gaining practical experience with the Career Services Center
    The online platform of Durham University offers you additional opportunities to support your career development
  • your goals and decisions with individual Coaching
  • your apartment search with our Housing service
  • the development of your foreign language proficiency, with the EBS Language Center
  • your academic work with the offer of EBS libraries and
  • efficient studying with our IT Services


The Executive MBA programme of EBS Universität in cooperation with Durham University Business School is accredited by AMBA.

  • AMBA
    The Association of MBAs (AMBA) – was established in 1967 and is the globally most important institution specialized in the accreditation of MBAs. AMBA is the only professional membership association connecting MBA students, graduates, accredited Business Schools and MBA employers in more than 80 countries.

Durham University is also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS.


Welcoming the best - your path to us

We set high standards to ensure our Executive MBA 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.

Admission requirements

To be considered eligible for admission to our programme you will need to provide proof that you:

  • Hold an Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor degree or equivalent international or professional qualification with at least 180 ECTS
  • Have gained five or more years of professional work experience by the programme start date


  • Hold a Master’s degree with at least 90 ECTS, a recognised equivalent or higher degree
  • 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.

We also need:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of motivation
  • Academic transcript (in both original language and English)

If all requirements are fulfilled after a detailed examination, you will receive an invitation to our EMBA Selection Day at EBS Universität.

The EMBA Selection Day

If your application meets our admission requirements, we will invite you to an EMBA Selection Interview, held either on campus or via video conference. This is an interview of approximately 50 minutes during which your motivation as well as your social and communications skills are assessed.

Deadline for applications

The study programme begins every year in September and you have the opportunity to apply until end of August. But as we have ongoing admission procedures, we recommend that our applicants apply early to secure a university place.

The decision

We are aware that the admission process can be both demanding and exciting; we therefore seek to communicate the results as quickly as possible to enable you to make plans.

A study place offer can also be converted into a study place reservation for the following year upon application.

Tuition Fees

First-class education under private sponsorship

Teaching quality takes centre stage: EBS Universität stands for one of the best executive education programmes in German-speaking countries. As a privately-owned university, we finance ourselves to a large extent from tuition fees.

Investment: 40,000 Euro

We offer a comprehensive facilities and services package. The tuition fees include:

  • Lectures and workshops at Durham University Business School and EBS Universität
  • Materials, e-books and literature for all core and elective modules
  • All examination fees
  • Lunch and refreshments for all sessions
  • Personal support from high-level faculty members
  • Team Development Programme during the first-year residential stay in England
  • Accommodation during the first and second residential stays in England
  • Optional International Study Week (includes accommodation and company visits; excludes airfare, food and local transportation)
  • Celebration dinners at the Durham graduation ceremony in June and the EBS graduation ceremony in August

Motivation and performance are your drive

We try to make it possible for excellent applicants - to get access to our studies – regardless of their economic situation. Decisive factors are your performance, motivation and personality. The choice of financing options for a study programme is diverse and often a combination of the various options can be useful. Take a look at our scholarships and student finance options and find out which offer suits you best.

We will be happy to advise you. Please contact us!

Durham University Business School offer special scholarships for the Executive MBA programme. Qualified applicants have the opportunity to save between 10 and 25 per cent of tuition fees. The scholarship is awarded to applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and extensive professional experience.