Essex Business School

The Essex MBA projects

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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 activities for a flavour of how we teach on The Essex MBA and how you could learn by 'doing'. 

How 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 2022, Yewande Savage undertook her consultancy project with Essex based charity Havens Hospices, which provides specialist palliative care for people diagnosed with complex or incurable conditions. Firmly positive about the collaboration, Yewande said "Indeed it was a worthwhile project that I enjoyed working on. It gave me the opportunity to work in a professional area that I am extremely passionate about."
  • In 2022, Sharina Islam undertook a consultancy project with Safe Ground, who design and deliver arts-based programmes for people in prison and the community. Sharina shaped her project to her skillset, offering a strategic view of Safe Ground's positioning in the market. Sharina said: "My consulting project with Safe Ground was a challenging yet meaningful culmination of my MBA learning experience at Essex."

Learning from innovators

Project management is a core skill which is addressed through of MBA teaching and projects:

  • 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.
  • We partner with external companies through our unique Director's Workshops to offer students a practical insight into project management and allow them to simulate the experience outside of the taught environment. Working with technology company and Oracle Cloud partner, InnoApps, our students are set a consultancy objective for them to achieve in groups during short breakout sessions, simulating a fast-paced, real-life working environment.

MBA students undertake their Consultancy Projects

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MBA Futures

Our MBA Futures programme is designed to support your future career by offering practical guidance to all MBA candidates - you'll come away with a tailored plan to help you achieve your goals. Our mock interview or business pitch gives you the confidence to succeed in the next stages of your career.

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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 Essex's Essex Startups 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.

Your MBA, your way

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Sustainable Operations: An Essex MBA Essential

Marco Nowinksi, visiting lecturer at Essex Business School, leads the Sustainable Operations module on our MBA programme. Read his blog in which he explains why knowledge of sustainable operations is an essential skill for an MBA and looks at the ways in which online learning can have a positive impact on the student learning experience.

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