Essex Business School

The Essex MBA projects

Three male MBA students sit at a desk in discussion together.

Getting practical

Our MBAs choose Essex because they want to take part in hands-on learning where 'doing it' is more important than 'learning about it'. We include project management simulations, site visits and start-up support throughout the course to ensure our students develop the practical leadership and management skills that they need for their future careers.
Take a look at some of our current and former activities for a flavour of how we teach on The Essex MBA.

So, how do we collaborate with business?

Consultancy Projects

Consultancy projects link our MBAs with organisations to work on real-world issues, specific to the business they are paired with. This gives students the chance to gain valuable consultancy experience, whilst benefitting from a practical opportunity to conduct research and analysis.

In 2020, Danish Hameed undertook a consultancy project during which time he worked with Suffolk based company Pager Power Urban and Renewables. Reflecting on his time on the project, Danish said “This was a phenomenal learning opportunity for me. The project helped me develop links and networks in the UK industry and provided me with a chance to learn more about the services industry. To have the experience of working as a consultant and completing a successful project for an established business, whilst still studying, is a great addition to my skill set and professional experience.”

Project Management Simulations

Our business planning module is a real life simulation co-ordinated by a visiting entrepreneur. During the course of a week, students are tasked with acquiring, leading, managing, growing and ultimately selling the entrepreneur’s business; in previous years these businesses have included a mobile DJ wagon and a football stadium.

Site Visits 

Site visits are integral to the practical learning content of The Essex MBA. 

MBA students visited Adnams Brewery in Southwold in January 2019. They participated in a workshop on the Adnams Sustainability story by the company's Head of Finance and Sustainability. The board room presentation discussed the company’s four-pillar approach to environmental and social responsibility: carbon, water, waste, biodiversity. The students then took part in a tour of the brewery and distillery led by the company's Environmental Sustainability Manager. 

Start-Up Support

At Essex Business School we are keen to develop our students into world-leading talent. As a University Enterprise Zone we take particular interest in supporting our entrepreneurial students in helping them to develop their ideas.

Our MBA students are no exception to this. We run bespoke start-up support through our Essex-Start-Ups programme and nurture entrepreneurial ideas in our business incubation unit. Hear from Andy Mew, Head of Start-Up Support at the University of Essex, as he discusses what entrepreneurialism means at Essex and how we support our MBAs.

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