Essex Business School

Undergraduate study

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Change how the world does business

Our courses are intellectually stretching. They challenge you to become researchers, independent thinkers and problem solvers. We encourage you to question and interrogate, not just so you gain the skills employers want, but so you can transform organisations for the better.

Our courses are informed by responsible management practices and the latest academic thinking; the work that's solving challenges for international businesses right now. You’re taught by some of the world’s most respected academics, Essex is ranked in the UK’s top 25 for research quality (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019), and study a curriculum influenced by practice; our Advisory Board helps to shape our degree content and includes representatives from the likes of Goldman Sachs, Rolls Royce and HP.

You explore the issues facing today’s global economies and consider how management continues to evolve and impact society. You learn the essentials of business in a welcoming, international environment and can access study skills support to help you reach your academic potential. We help you to analyse complex information, demonstrate clarity of thought and present arguments concisely, so you graduate with the knowledge and business know how to excel in your career.

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Business as usual? Not at Essex.

National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2018 winners: Best University Placement Service (Under 100 Placements)
Our students have undertaken work placement years with Samsung, BMW and Lidl
Over half our students are from overseas; you develop worldwide connections to use throughout your career
You can choose optional modules to tailor your course to your career aspirations
Your first year introduces you to the main areas of business to give you greater career flexibility
Best University Placement Service Under 100 Winner
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“The range of optional modules means I’ve been able to tailor my course to the things I find interesting and are best suited to my career goals. The Colchester building and trading floor are also great places to learn."
Qin Zhou Bsc Accounting and Finance (2016)

So, what do we have to offer?

Innovative teaching

Our teaching is both creative and analytical to prepare you for the world of work. You’ll learn how to improve your communication skills, manage projects and work in a team. We apply theory to real world scenarios through practical case studies and live research and you may take part in group work, business simulation games and business consultancy projects. For example, our marketing students recently created a digital marketing plan for a local golf club. 

In your final year, you put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation - for some courses, this may be a business plan for your own venture. This offers the chance to further develop employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking, so you can show employers you have the ability to use initiative to solve challenges in the workplace.

The opportunity to improve your quantitative skills

Essex is one of just three universities in the country to have received Q-Step Affiliate status for our social science courses, including:

Students on these courses have the option of pursuing a quantitative pathway called Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM). AQM is a qualifier that is added to your degree transcript. Being on the AQM pathway gives you the opportunity to be placed in paid summer internships at a select group of companies and governmental entities.

Q-Step was developed by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE in response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates. With the ability to ‘interpret and respond to quantitative data' cited as an essential employability skill by many businesses  (Confederation of Business and Industry (2010) Making It All Add Up; Business Priorities for Numeracy and Maths), evidencing these skills on your degree transcript may aid your career prospects.

Global community

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You join an international community at Essex Business School. Our student-run Student Engagement Team (SET) in Colchester organises social events and activities where you can meet new people, learn about new cultures and experience new ways of working.

If you join us from outside the UK, we offer a range of support to help you to settle into British education.

In 2016-2017, 45% of our undergraduates were from overseas. By socialising and learning with students from different cultures and nationalities, you establish worldwide networks and connections that can help you throughout your working life. We help you to develop a global mindset so you can excel in your international business career.

State-of-the-art facilities

Whether you are based at our Colchester or Southend Campus, you learn in outstanding facilities with dedicated group working and study spaces. In Southend, The Forum won a Design Award for excellence in local development and our Colchester building was shortlisted in the buildings that inspire category of the 2016 Guardian University Awards.

Courses for employability

At Essex Business School, we work together to foster your personal development and employability. Our courses are designed to develop the transferable skills employers are looking for. We also support you to undertake a work placement or study abroad year so you can demonstrate your work experience and adaptability on your CV.

All undergraduates undertake the ‘Research and Study Skills for Professional Development’ module to help you become an active, independent learner, with the ability to reflect on business situations and form your own opinions. We develop your analytical skills, critical thinking, presentation and communication skills (those in demand by employers) to help you get the most from your time at university.

In your second year, our Successful Futures module introduces the graduate labour market, timelines for recruitment and postgraduate study. You learn about graduate recruitment processes, such as interview techniques and assessment centres, so you can secure your dream job. You are also invited to our Successful Futures Conference to hear career tips from employers and alumni.

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