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Essex Business School

Undergraduate study

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Change how the world does business

Our courses aim to teach business with integrity. They challenge you to become independent thinkers, problem solvers and ethical leaders. 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 students and staff join us from around the globe. We’re a School that’s growing but our people are always more than just a number to us. We want to support you to achieve the very best degree you can and to enter the world of work with exciting prospects.

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So, what do we have to offer?

Hands-on business experience

We want our students to understand that exciting business prospects can be found in a variety of organisations. That’s why we welcome guest speakers into our classrooms from huge multi-nationals, such as HSBC, to dynamic local businesses, such as Footprint Digital (see video below).

You will work on real business case studies, feed into live consultancy projects and even take part in business simulations. If you really want to put your skills into practice, you have the option to do a placement year between your second and final years at Essex Business School. We currently have students out on placement in the NHS, PwC and EY but you are free to apply for whatever placement suits your future plans.

We champion responsible management

Sustainable business practice is in our DNA. So much so that we built our home at the Colchester campus on truly sustainable foundations, it’s the UK’s first zero carbon business school building.

You’ll also find the themes of responsible management and sustainable international business practice are threaded through all our courses. We want to empower you to think critically about business and to graduate with a commitment to doing business better.


Research-led teaching that matters

Our academics are experts in their fields and are at the forefront of contemporary research. It’s not uncommon for our students to see their lecturers on the news or read their articles online.

This is all fed into our teaching meaning our students themselves become expert in topical business issues. This is hugely valuable to your future employers and leaves you at a great advantage when you finish at University and are looking for that perfect graduate role.


Essex Business School BSc Accounting and Finance 2019 graduate, Soukayna Hachimi, holds cardboard signs in English and Arabic at the Port of Calais offering free haircuts.
"I was part of a group of Essex students who, along with the Colchester Refugee Action Group, volunteered to visit the Calais refugee camp, dubbed “The Jungle” in February 2016 to deliver lifesaving aid, including: food, water and clothing to the displaced people living in the camp. When I returned to Essex, I began teaching weekly English classes to Syrian refugees who had been settled in Colchester."
Soukayna Hachimi Bsc Accounting and Finance (2019)
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