The Essex MBA is an international course with regional entrepreneurial spirit. Whether you want to run your own business, or advance to a leadership role, we can accelerate your career by developing your capacity to innovate, think and act strategically.
Our MBA focuses on innovative entrepreneurship and sustainable global business. Located in the South of England, just an hour from London, you learn in a region with a strong track record of sustainable start-ups, amongst students from across the world.
Our diverse cohort brings a wealth of business expertise into the classroom. You experience a collaborative learning environment where you learn as much from your classmates as you do from faculty and visiting speakers.
You study a broad range of business topics and learn the fundamentals of management and leadership. We foster your entrepreneurial spirit, so you can build sustainable, resilient business models that make sense to shareholders and the environment. You explore the impacts of internationalisation on businesses, suppliers and customers and gain the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces.
Your course begins with a week of activities to develop your networking, team work and adaptive thinking skills. It ends with an MBA project, where you chose to complete a dissertation or comprehensive business plan.
Our Director’s Workshops give you the opportunity to relate current business issues to content taught in your modules and develop your academic and professional skills. The sessions may include company visits, trips to business incubators and presentations from external speakers, as well as our academics. Recent examples include sessions on personal branding, new business creation, business ethics, big data for small businesses and company visits to the likes of Adnams PLC, Cambridge Science Park and HSBC.
Our MBA is taught at Essex Business School, which is placed in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). Our MBA scholarship can offer you up to a £5,000 discount if you're funding your own studies and our Alumni Loyalty Discount gives you a fee discount of up to 33% if you've previously completed another course at Essex (in most cases, these scholarships and discounts can't be combined and so you can only receive one).
We also offer an Executive MBA where you can opt for a two or three year pathway to complete your MBA alongside your existing employment or running your own business.
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The Essex MBA is accredited by CMI (the Chartered Management Institute). This means that, upon successful completion of the programme, you receive a Level 7 CMI Qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership in addition to your MBA.
Gaining an industry-recognised CMI professional qualification can make you more employable. You become a CMI Affiliate member during your studies (your membership fee is funded by Essex Business School) and gain access to exclusive benefits, such as:
CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
Essex Business School is also in the process of applying for AMBA accreditation for the Essex MBA and whole school accreditation via AACSB.
We have a truly international faculty, attracting students from all over the globe. You benefit from a wealth of expertise and experience in the classroom and can form lasting connections.
Our world-class MBA tutors have both academic and extensive private sector experience and are at the cutting-edge of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.
The course is led by our MBA Director, Professor of Business and Management, Nigel Pye. Professor Pye is interested in the field of operations management and supply chains, with a focus on inter-organisational relationships, as well as the bicycle industry. Before joining Essex, he held academic posts at Warwick Business School and Cranfield University. Prior to joining academia in 2008, he was Client Service Director in Ernst and Young’s Government Services Practice. He has previously held similar positions at KPMG and EDS.
As well as support from academic tutors, our MBA Programme Manager Sian Savage, will be in regular contact and can answer any non-academic questions you have. Throughout your course, you benefit from a personalised and supportive learning environment where help is always at hand.
The Essex MBA is taught at our Colchester Campus in the state-of-the-art Essex Business School building, the first zero-carbon business school in the UK.
You benefit from exceptional facilities, including:
Our building is located on the University of Essex Knowledge Gateway, the location of choice for knowledge-based enterprises in science, technology and creative sectors in the eastern region. This can provide significant networking opportunities for students with businesses at the cutting-edge of their fields.
The Essex MBA is designed to foster the business leaders of the future, using their creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to solve the many challenges that the international business world continues to present. Studying with us is an excellent investment in your future career; we connect you with the latest developments in business practice by bringing in practitioners from leading companies to talk about contemporary business issues. Throughout your course, you benefit from our entrepreneurial business links, such as:
Our MBA students have gained posts in a range of businesses, including large corporations, and have used their qualification as the catalyst to start their own business.
Career support is given to you throughout your degree, but you can also gain advice from our Student Services Team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre. You can also access employer talks on campus.
In 2016, 87% of our postgraduate taught students were in professional employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016).
I'm an economist, but my long-term goal is to become a manager within the banking industry or start my own business venture. Having an MBA will give me the knowledge and confidence to apply for senior management positions both globally and also within domestic markets. I chose The Essex MBA because of the ranking of the University of Essex and Essex Business School, and the scholarship incentives available for international students. I love studying here in this modern, beautiful building. Across campus there are great facilities, it’s an inspiring place to create something new.
Alexander Malygin - full-time MBA, 2016
A 2:2 degree. You are also expected to have at least three years of relevant, professional work experience, post-graduation, at the time of application.
If you are a non-standard applicant (which is typically an applicant who possesses an undergraduate degree below a 2:2 standard, or an applicant who does not possess an undergraduate degree at all) we require at least five years of relevant managerial experience. You will also be required to write an essay (2000 words) outlining a range of business situations which you have experienced and identifying what you have learnt from them.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.
Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
We use a mixture of lectures, case studies, syndicate exercises, group work and guest lectures.
The course consists of 12 taught modules and a final project. Each module is delivered in a one week period. Full-time students study five modules per Autumn and Spring Term, alongside Director's Workshops. During the Autumn Term, you study compulsory modules. In the Spring Term, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules to tailor your course around your interests and professional ambitions. During the Summer Term, you undertake two taught modules as well as your final MBA project.
Assessment for each taught module usually consists of a combination of two-or three-hour examinations and coursework. Coursework takes the form of individual written essays, group projects and presentations. The Business Research Methods and Skills module is provided to support you with your final MBA Project.
You are required to complete one of the following in the summer term:
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.
There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
MBA applicants will be asked to take part in either a face-to-face, online or telephone interview.
Official transcript(s), in English or a certified translation of your academic results to date, showing marks or grades, must be provided at the time you make your application. (Transcripts are not required from current or previous University of Essex students, or from students who have previously completed a degree at Colchester Institute awarded by the University of Essex).
A personal statement with a 500 word limit to support your application saying why you wish to undertake the course and what you hope to achieve from it. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with us, your personal statement should refer specifically to your reasons for wishing to study in the UK, and why you have chosen your area of study.
We will also require two references during the application process, one of which must come from a current employer, or appropriate other person, confirming your employment status. Don’t worry if you cannot provide references when you make your application, as if we make you an offer you will be able to provide these at a later stage.
Applicants with an undergraduate degree 2.2 or above
Students applying to the MBA with a 2.2 degree or above, must evidence at least three years of managerial experience, post –graduation, documented by your CV.
Applicants without a first degree, or a first degree below 2.2
Evidence at least evidence at least five years of relevant managerial experience, a significant portion of which should be middle-management level, documented by your CV.
Applicants applying to the MBA without a first degree, or a first degree below 2.2, need to provide an essay of 2,000 words outlining a range of business situations which the applicant has experienced and identifying what s/he has learned from them. When writing the essay, please consider that the admission team will typically be looking at the ways in which the applicant constructs an argument, is able to reflect on his/her experiences, and is able to indicate how these reflections have influenced, his/her subsequent practice.
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