Executive MBA - Durham-EBS (dual award)
You will study at two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Durham in the UK and the Upper Middle Rhine region in Germany. As the Durham-EBS Executive EMBA is delivered entirely in English in a classroom setting, you can continue to work full-time whilst studying as most teaching is delivered once each month in three-day blocks (Thursday through to Saturday).
The programme’s strong international focus is also reflected in the core and elective modules, with the International Business in Context elective module delivered at a top business destination. The business and alumni connections you gain will also support you in furthering your career.
This dual award draws on both UK-specific and European experience giving you an insight into leadership in today’s international business world.
Throughout the programme, you will explore the operations of global markets, understand how to lead transnational business relations and further build your international network of contacts. You will also be working alongside a diverse group of experienced business professionals and academics from the UK, Germany and around the world.
The Durham-EBS Executive MBA programme commences each September with a seven-day residential stay in Durham, England. During the 18 month programme you will complete:
- Nine core modules; seven modules are delivered in Germany and two modules are delivered in Durham
- Three elective modules delivered in Germany, Durham or another international location
- A Strategic Business Project
Note: Module instruction in Germany is held once a month from Thursday to Saturday. The cost of accommodation and some meals for each one-week residential stay in Durham is included in the programme fee.
- Nine core modules
- Three electives
- Business Project (dissertation)
- Residential Induction Week
Nine core modules
The nine core modules of the programme will establish your foundational knowledge, understanding and research skills:
- Economics for Global Business
- Managing People
- Operations and Technology
- Strategic Management
- Sustainability and Ethics
- The Boardroom Exercise
Three elective modules
You also select five elective modules. Choices change year on year, depending on current faculty and relevance to business.
Strategic Business project (dissertation)
Following the completion of your elective modules, you will undertake a research-based Strategic Business Project. You may choose to pursue the project in two ways, either by working with your own company or a host organisation or through an issue-led investigation which is not focused on a particular organisation but instead examines a specific management issue.
You will receive training in academic writing, as well as qualitative and quantitative business research methods throughout the programme as part of this module.
International Business in Context
The Durham-EBS Executive MBA is shaped by today's connected business world. This elective module takes this unique global dimension further, offering you the opportunity to immerse yourself in another country's businesses and culture whilst studying a particular business topic. You will be joined by Durham’s Online MBA students, enabling you to make new contacts and broaden your network.
In 2017 students travelled with Durham’s Online MBA students to San Francisco for a study focused on entrepreneurship and innovation in the centre of America’s start-up culture in Silicon Valley. During this week they attended lectures, workshops, coaching sessions, company visits, tutorial sessions, interactive group work and a certificate awards ceremony.
Please note: International locations and topics for this module may vary from year to year. If you choose to participate you are expected to cover the cost of your travel to and from the destination, accommodation, some meals and incidental expenses. There may also be an additional module fee.
Two residential weeks
Your first residential is a seven-day induction in the UK at the start of your Durham-EBS Executive MBA journey, which will launch you into the programme. It’s a great way to introduce you to the EMBA and enhance your key capabilities including team building, group work, reading and academic writing skills (supporting those who may have been away from academic education for some time).
Not only will you spend time at Durham University Business School and have the chance to explore the city of Durham, you will go on to discover another area in the UK. In previous years this has been the Lake District, a charming region in the Northwest of England.
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.