The Essex MBA seeks to develop socially responsible entrepreneurs delivering sustainable business. Our students are talented, ambitious and full of energy. They possess an entrepreneurial spirit that we do our best to foster. Our MBAs aspire to achieve lasting positive change for themselves and those around them. We aim to inspire them to create the world they want to live in.
You will study a broad range of business functions, known as the MBA Essentials, which includes strategic marketing, sustainable operations, accounting and finance.
We hope to foster your entrepreneurial spirit, so you can build sustainable, resilient business models that make sense to shareholders and the environment. You explore the impact of internationalisation on businesses, suppliers and customers and gain the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces.
Modular study gives you the flexibility to complete your Essex MBA alongside employment or running your own business. We recommend that you opt for a two or three-year pathway and take two or three one-week modules per term.
Our Director’s Workshops are integral to The Essex MBA and run as one and two-day workshops at key stages of the programme. The sessions may include company visits, trips to business incubators and presentations from industry practitioners, as well as our specialist academics. The Director’s Workshops give you the opportunity to relate current business issues to content taught in your modules and develop your professional skills. Recent examples include sessions on personal branding, new business creation, business ethics, risk management, big data for small businesses, value proposition development and company visits to the likes of Adnams PLC, Cambridge Science Park and HSBC.
Your course begins with a week of activities to develop your networking, team work and adaptive thinking skills. It ends with a Capstone, where you choose to complete a dissertation, comprehensive business plan or consultancy project that can be tailored to your professional experience or goals.
Our MBA is taught at Essex Business School, which is located at the heart of the Knowledge Gateway, the research and technology park on our Colchester Campus. The Knowledge Gateway also incorporates Parkside Office Village, an SME hotspot, and the Innovation Centre, which is home to the University’s Start-Up Hub.
We offer a range of learning styles to fit around your professional commitments. As well as the part-time MBA, we offer a year-long full-time MBA and an online MBA that gives you complete freedom to study when and where it suits you. We also run a part-time Degree Apprenticeship MBA funded through your employer’s apprenticeship levy.
Essex Business School offers a range of scholarships to help you fund your MBA.
The Essex MBA Dean’s Award
Essex Business School is offering the following discounts to students funding their own MBA studies starting in October 2020:
These are available to students funding their own part-time or full-time MBA studies and are awarded based upon a number of different criteria at the interview stage of application.
Find out more about The Essex MBA Dean's Award.
Essex MBA Early Bird Discount
Essex Business School is offering £3,000 to students who attend an interview with the MBA Director and accept their offer of a place on the full-time Essex MBA by the end of May 2020.
The award will be offered in the form of a tuition fee discount of £3,000.
Find out more about eligibility and criteria for The Essex MBA Early Bird Discount.
Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
The Essex MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) making Essex Business School among the top 2% of business schools in the world. AMBA describes its accreditation as the “gold standard” for management training around the world and is highly respected by managers and leaders globally. The AMBA affiliation can add huge value to your MBA qualification.
The Essex MBA is also 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. The CMI is dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence and is the only awarding body able to award Chartered Manager status.
Essex Business School is also in the process of applying for accreditation via Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
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 Management, Nicolas Forsans. An international business and corporate strategy specialist, Nicolas investigates the role of business in society and the impact of emerging business models built around digital technologies. Nicolas has 20+ years of experience teaching international business, responsible management and strategic management modules at all levels.
Nicolas has designed, developed and re-positioned various Master, MBA and dual degree programmes, embedding innovation in programme design and delivery, securing world class, academic and professional accreditations while collaborating with business and the third sector to create experiential learning opportunities and securing enviable positions for those programmes in leading league tables.
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 unique and inspiring Essex Business School building, the first zero-carbon business school in the UK.
You benefit from exceptional facilities, including:
Our building is located at the heart of the Knowledge Gateway, the research and technology park on our Colchester Campus. The Knowledge Gateway also incorporates Parkside Office Village, an SME hotspot, and the Innovation Centre, which is home to the University’s Start-Up Hub. These provide significant opportunities for you to network, undertake consultancy projects and develop your own entrepreneurial ambitions with businesses at the cutting-edge of their fields.
Studying with us on the Essex MBA is an excellent investment in your future career. We connect you with the latest developments in business by bringing in practitioners from leading companies to talk about contemporary business issues as well as experts in the MBA graduate jobs market. Throughout your course, you benefit from our professional 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 businesses. Read our alumni profiles to find out more.
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, 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.
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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.
The Essex MBA is structured around eight core modules, the MBA Essentials, and three further modules, the advanced core modules, that leverage Essex Business School’s distinct areas of expertise You will also have the opportunity to select an elective module that is aligned to your interests and aspirations.
These are followed by the Capstone, which is the culmination of the practical Director’s Workshops and business simulations that run throughout the year, and is your opportunity to complete a consultancy project, business plan or dissertation.
All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. In the structure below all modules are listed as ‘optional’ because you will have some choice about when you study them. Please see our Programme Specification or email us for further details of the current course structure.
We use a mixture of lectures, case studies, simulation exercises, group work and guest lectures.
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 Planning module is provided to support you with your final MBA Project.
You are required to complete one of the following in the summer term:
TBCAnnual fees depend on the number of modules taken. (Standard modules: £1,300, MBA project: £3,900)
Essex Business School offers a range of scholarships to help you fund your MBA:
Essex Business School is offering a £3,000 tuition fee discount to students who attend an interview with the MBA Director and accept their offer of a place on the full-time Essex MBA by the end of April 2019.
Essex Business School is offering the following discounts to students funding their own MBA studies starting in October 2019:
2 x 100% fee discount
2 x 50% fee discount
16 x £3,000 fee discount
TBCAnnual fees depend on the number of modules taken. (Standard modules: £1,300, MBA project: £3,900)
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.
We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.
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.
Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.
The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
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