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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 (full time)
  • Achievable ECTS: 60 credits
  • Investment: 40,000 Euro
  • Language: English


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


  • U-Multirank 2019 Top Performers
    Top 25 Performing Universities in Student Mobility
  • CEO Magazine - 2019 Global Executive MBA Rankings
    No. 18 Tier One
  • Top 2018 // Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking - Executive MBA
    No. 3 in Germany and No. 27 in Western Europe
  • U-Multirank Business Studies Comparison 2017
    Top Scores worldwide
  • CHE University Ranking 2017 // Business Bachelor Universities in Germany
    Top Tier In all categories
  • QS Top 250 Business Schools 2017
    Superior Research & Employability Top Business Schools Global


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

Accreditations and Memberships

Max Mustermann

Programme Director

Executive MBA Management

+49 611 7102 1745
+49 611 7102 10 1745
Rheingaustraße 1
65375 Oestrich-Winkel

You study at two of the top business schools worldwide: EBS Universität ranks 12th in the global Financial Times Ranking (2016) // Durham ranks 78th in the QS World University Ranking (2017)

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 you also have access to a network of more than 32,000 former students of EBS Universität in 150 countries.

Top 25 Performing Universities
in Student Mobility

U-Multirank 2019 Top Performers

No. 18
Tier One

CEO Magazine - 2019 Global Executive MBA Rankings

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

Top 2018 // Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking - Executive MBA

Top Scores

U-Multirank Business Studies Comparison 2017

Top Tier
In all categories

CHE University Ranking 2017 // Business Bachelor Universities in Germany

Superior Research & Employability
Top Business Schools Global

QS Top 250 Business Schools 2017

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Programme Structure

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

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 programme.

  • 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 EBS Universität, 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 programme, 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 host company, or by investigating a specific management topic. Previous projects have been conducted in numerous organisations, such as multinational corporations in production, in the service or financial sector, in family businesses, in the public sector or non-profit organisations.

International & with an emphasis on diversity

The diversity of each year is a core element of our programme. Exchanging experience and knowledge already gained is important to us. Our students represent a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, cultures and nationalities. Students from Argentina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States have all participated in the programme.

Our students are generally between 27 and 50 years old, thus ensuring a wealth of experience in a variety of different fields which our students have been able to gain along their chosen career paths.

The study programme itself also has a strong international orientation. For this reason, all lectures and events are held, and all assignments are written, in English. Course contents, for instance the module International Business in Context or Economics for Global Business fulfil the study programme’s internationality requirements. The course of study is, moreover, based on both British and Continental European experience and offers you insight into the leadership positions of an international corporate world. You learn to understand the operating principle behind global markets, to conduct transnational relationships and to further expand your international network.

Focus on management skills & leadership qualities

Our aim is to equip you with sound business administration expertise, to prepare you for management and leadership assignments as well as teaching you intercultural competence and problem-solving skills The curriculum covers fundamental issues such as Accounting, Finance or Marketing and provides you with sound basic knowledge of business administration and economics topics. Modules such as Strategic Management & Ethics or Leading Change familiarise you with the tasks and circumstances a person in a leadership position must solve and consider.

Communication and conflict management strategies, presentation and moderation skills as well as successful negotiations are integral elements of your study programme. You learn what responsible leadership means, how to approach far-reaching change processes correctly and further develop your social skills.

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…

  • you 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 search for accommodation, with the Housing Office
  • 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

Requirements and Application

Welcoming the best - your path to us

The study programme makes high demands on your mathematical and linguistic skills, your logical-analytical intellectual capacity, your willingness to learn and deliver as well as your personality. Our students require sound knowledge in all key segments of business administration, good communication skills, the ability to deliver good work under pressure as well as the willingness to reconcile studies, private life and professional responsibility. Ideally, you have already gained professional experience, including for example project, HR, budget or finance management.

Admission requirements

Our students receive degrees from the EBS Universität and Durham University and must, therefore, be eligible for matriculation at both universities However, you do not have to apply twice. You apply only to the EBS Universität and we will forward your application documents to Durham University for verification and approval.

For admission to the Executive MBA Programme we expect at least a bachelor degree or an internationally recognised equivalent degree. 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.

In order to be accepted for the selection process at the EBS Universität, please submit the following documents to us:

  • A copy of your school-leaving certificate or equivalent evidence.
  • Copy of your bachelor certificate and diploma certificate or an equivalent certificate*
  • A copy of your master and/or doctorate certificate, and if appropriate diploma certificates
  • Your curriculum vitae in English with details regarding your previous academic degrees as well as a summary of your professional experience and responsibilities. As a rule, internships and other work experience gained prior to the bachelor degree will not be considered. In some cases, professional experience gained during doctorate studies can be considered.

*In exceptional cases, the lack of an academic education may not constitute an obstacle to being admitted. Leadership experience and previous professional in-company training will also be taken into consideration. Applicants without a first university degree could be asked to submit evidence confirming their management experience and skills, including academic skills, logical-analytical intellectual capacity, communication skills and the ability to think clearly and structuredly.

Your language proficiency

To complete the study programme successfully, you require very good English proficiency, both spoken and written. You can provide proof in the following ways:

  • Submission of a certificate of an academic degree in English, completed within the last 24 months prior to beginning the study programme.
  • Proof of at least one year’s professional experience in an English-speaking country within the last 24 months prior to beginning the programme. In addition, two work references verifying the level and extend of English language use at the workplace as well as confirmation of English language proficiency, both spoken and written.
  • You achieved the required test results in one of the following standardised language tests:
    IELTS: Total points minimum 7.0, no exercise under 6.0 //
    TOEFL iBT: Total points minimum 102, no exercise under 23 //
    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): Total of 70 points, no exercise under 56

The personal interview

Prior to admission to the study programme, all applicants for the Executive MBA Programme will be invited to a personal interview with the Programme Director or one of the representatives of the Universität. Here, the applicant has a further opportunity to ask questions regarding the content of the programme and to get to know EBS Universität better. At the same time, we verify and ensure that all admission requirements, both for the EBS and for Durham University, have been fulfilled and that you are suited to the study programme. Both universities usually decide on applications two to three weeks after the relevant documents have been submitted.

Deadline for applications

The study programme begins every year in September. As we have ongoing admission procedures, we recommend that our applicants apply early to secure a university place.

The decision

For you, the selection procedure is both extensive and exciting. We are aware of this and, therefore, we try to inform our applicants as soon as possible about our decision. That enables everyone involved to plan dependably. After submitting all required documents, you will receive feedback from us, as a rule within 3 weeks, whether you have been offered a place on the programme*.

*The offer of a place on the course can also be changed into a reservation application for the following year.

Investment and Financing

Investment and Financing

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:

  • Teaching at Durham University and EBS Universität
    Lectures, workshops, boardroom simulation, etc.
  • All examination fees
  • All materials and literature for the basic and elective modules
  • Lunch and beverages during the days of attendance at both universities
  • Individual and expert support from both faculties
  • Accommodations during both stays in England
  • Outdoor Development Exercise during the introductory week in Durham
  • Optional International Study Week (incl. accommodation and company visits, excluding flight costs, board and local transport).
  • Accommodation costs during the days of attendance in Durham
  • Final Gala Dinner in Durham in June and at EBS Universität in August
  • Lectures // workshops at Durham University Business School

Motivation and performance are your incentive

We endeavour to enable excellent applicants to study, regardless of their financial situation. The most important factors are performance, motivation and personality. There are many ways of financing studies and it often makes sense to choose a combination of the various options. In this respect, take a look at our Overview of student financing options overview of student financing options and find out which offer is the best for you.

Scholarships for the Executive MBA

EBS Universität and Durham offer specially established scholarships for the Executive MBA. Suitably qualified applicants have the additional opportunity to save between 5% and 50% of the tuition fees.

- Scholarship for Women in Business
- Scholarship for Academic Excellence
- Scholarship for Outstanding Professional Performance / Potential


You submit your application for a scholarship together with your application for a place on the Executive MBA Programme. Please note that all criteria for the award of a scholarship are fulfilled and that your documents are complete. A committee of representatives from both universities will evaluate the scholarship applications on a rotational basis in two meetings. It is therefore worthwhile applying as early as possible to secure one of the limited number of scholarships available.