The Executive MBA - Durham and EBS, gives you the opportunity to benefit from the combined strengths of two highly respected institutions: Durham University
Business School and the European Business School (EBS) in Germany. This dual award draws on both UK-specific and European experience to give you an insight into today’s business world.
You will have the chance to explore how global markets operate and how to manage transnational business relations. You will have the opportunity to build an international network of contacts, working alongside a diverse group of experienced professionals from the UK, Germany and around the world.
The Executive MBA - Durham and EBS is a two-year part-time programme that pairs flexibility with a truly international outlook. The programme is made up of:
-Two residential weeks in Durham
-Seven core modules delivered in Germany or Durham
-Five three-day elective courses (Thursday to Saturday) in Germany, Durham or other international locations
-An optional international module
Note: Accommodation costs for residentials at the start of year one and year two are included in the course fee.
Because modules are delivered at both the EBS campus in Germany and Durham’s renowned business school, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from ‘the best of both worlds’: the pioneering outlook and international spirit of Germany’s European Business School and the calibre and heritage of Durham.
You will study:
-Seven core modules
-Business Project (dissertation)
-Residential Induction Week
Seven core modules
These are the foundation of your programme, establishing the management knowledge, understanding and research skills every leader needs. These include:
-Managing in the Competitive Environment
-Managing in the Global Environment
-Improving Management Decision Making
-Methods of Inquiry
Five elective modules
You also select five elective modules. Choices change year on year, depending on current faculty and relevance to business.
Business project (dissertation)
The programme culminates in a 15,000-word Business Project. This is a great opportunity to apply your MBA skills in a practical context, helping an organisation tackle a current issue while developing your own experience, building your network and, in many instances, extending your international experience.
International study week
The Executive MBA is shaped by today's connected business world. Through our optional international modules we take this unique global dimension further, allowing you to immerse yourself in another country's business and culture. Locations may vary from year to year but in the past year have included San Francisco and China.
If you choose to participate in one of these optional modules, you will be expected to pay for travel to and from the destination, accommodation, some meals and incidental expenses.
Learning and Teaching
The Durham/EBS MBA Programme is normally delivered through a mixture of methods including lectures, seminars, case studies, individual and group presentations. Some sessions could be delivered by guest speakers who are practitioners in the field.
Students study 7 core modules, and select 5 elective modules which enables them to undertake more in-depth study of particular topics. This is followed by a 15,000 word dissertation or Business Project to allow students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. They are supported in writing their dissertation through the study of research methods, and attending individual meetings with an allocated supervisor, who monitors their progress and provides advice. The Business Project allows an opportunity to put new skills into practice in the real world, working on a live project with a regional, national or international company.
In addition, students have opportunities such as an International Study Week at an overseas location and a Boardroom Simulation Activity.
Our MBA Careers Development Programme incorporates skills development, career management and the Durham Speaker Series and runs throughout the academic year. Students have the opportunity of individual meetings with a Career Consultant throughout the year and during induction they attend a Personal and Team Development residential activity and additional workshops, normally held over three days. Over the three terms students can attend various workshops to enhance their interpersonal skills and career development.
Outside of timetabled contact hours, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study in preparation for teaching sessions, assignments and other forms of assessment including exams, and general background reading to broaden their subject knowledge. The Programme Director is able to provide students with general advice on academic matters. Teaching staff are also available to provide additional support on a one-to-one basis via weekly consultation hours.
Students also have access to the facilities available at Mill Hill Lane including an onsite library and IT helpdesk, when they are in Durham.
Residential induction opportunities
The Executive MBA: Durham and EBS programme begins in late January with a six-day residential induction where you’ll get to visit the Business School, and meet the MBA team and your fellow students. We also start teaching core modules during this time.
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.