University of Essex

Masters study

Masters student profiles

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Why should you choose Essex Business School for your Masters? Hear from our postgraduate students on what it’s like to study with us.

Gaining your Masters is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. For some jobs, it's essential. For others, it gives you the competitive edge that accelerates your professional career, or empowers you to change vocation. It enables you to study a subject you enjoy in great depth.

But employers don't just need highly-qualified staff. They need adaptable graduates who excel in cross-cultural situations. At Essex Business School, you not only receive an education from a world renowned business school in a prime UK location, you learn in an international environment and develop a global, ethical, business perspective.

Masters courses at Essex Business School

We offer courses in accounting, finance and banking, management, entrepreneurship and marketing, as well as the Essex MBA.

Not all of our courses require a prior knowledge of the subject and most can be studied part-time.

Why choose us?

Looking for a vibrant, international postgraduate community and a business education that will accelerate your career? You've found it.

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  • Masters courses for career success

    As a manager and future leader, you need the confidence and ability to think for yourself.

    Our Masters courses inspire you to take intellectual risks. We develop your critical thinking and decision making skills so you’re prepared to respond creatively no matter the challenge. We don’t spoon-feed you, or teach you short-sighted recipes for how to manage. As one of the UK’s top five universities for social sciences, we combine theory with practical case studies to examine the enduring patterns in how people, organisations, economies and societies behave. By understanding these patterns, and having the courage to think differently, you can better solve business problems, even in times of change.

    You experience a research-led education at the cutting edge of your discipline. You’re taught by world-leading academics and industry practitioners whose work impacts organisations and policy across the globe. Their research is embedded into our courses, so you learn from contemporary examples and real-world experience that ensure you keep pace with the fast-moving world of business.

  • Renowned for research

    Our academics challenge convention to help organisations innovate and economies flourish. As one of the UK’s youngest, most dynamic business schools, our researchers are entrepreneurial and have the courage to tackle some of businesses toughest challenges, such as gender inequality and tax avoidance. Together, we’re fighting for a more responsible approach to management for the benefit of business and society.

    We’re home to some of the world’s most respected academics in the field of business and management. Accounting expert Professor Prem Sikka lobbies for responsible tax practice and frequently writes for national and international titles, like The Independent, BBC News and Russia Today. Our Dean, Professor Geoffrey Wood, is just one of a number of journal editors amongst our academics and serves on the British Academy of Management (BAM) Council.

    Each of our academics is a member of at least one of our eight research centres, with many regularly presenting at international conferences.

    Essex Business School research in one minute

    In this video, some of our academics explain their latest work.


  • Bespoke career support

    From CV workshops to one-to-one tutorials, our dedicated employability team provides bespoke career support tailored to your needs. There are also lots of opportunities for work experience both on and off campus.

    Our graduates enjoy successful careers at household names, global organisations and fast-growing SMEs.

    What our students say

    Headshot “Doing a Masters gives you another year to gain internships and take advantage of employability opportunities. When I finish my course, I’ll be starting a graduate buying scheme at John Lewis Partnership. It’s a chance I wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for my Essex Business School education and the extra-curricular opportunities I’ve been involved with.”
    Chloe Mongelard, MSc Marketing and Brand Management
  • Ranked amongst the world's best

    We’re proud to be a leading business school:

    • UK top 5 university for social science research (REF, 2014)
    • 5th most international university in the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
    • UK’s top 25 for research excellence and research intensity (REF,2014)
    • 97% of our research submissions were assessed as of international quality (REF, 2014)
    • 72% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014)

  • A truly global family

    We're the world in one place. You’re part of a global family, in the largest department at the UK’s 5th most international university. Every day, you work with students from all over the globe. You make friends and connections with people from different cultures and backgrounds, preparing you for an international career.

    • We have Masters students from 42 nationalities
    • Our staff join us from 44 countries
    • The University of Essex is ranked 2nd in the UK and 18th on the planet for the most international student community, according to the THE World University Rankings (2016-17).

  • Innovative teaching, personalised learning

    We’re a medium-sized school where our students receive personalised support and attention. Our small cohorts mean everyone has the chance to be heard, leading to some lively debates in class! At EBS, you find a friendly, supportive and welcoming environment where you have the confidence to challenge convention and make an impact.

    Our teaching combines research with practical examples. We use real-world case studies to apply social science theories to contemporary business issues, so you graduate with the knowledge and skills to put strategy into action. You learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and private study, with many of our courses featuring group working, applied projects and guest practitioner lectures. Some of our Masters programmes enable you to produce a practically-based business report rather than a dissertation.

  • A vibrant postgraduate community

    Our students are members of a lifelong, international, community. You experience close working relationships and lasting friendships in a vibrant social and learning environment. Our Student Engagement Team organise regular events for our Masters students, giving you the chance to meet new people and have fun. You can also attend our regular seminar series to network with academic staff and hear from leading thinkers from universities across the globe.

  • Excellent facilities

    Our Colchester and Southend campuses provide superb facilities for studying and socialising.

    In Colchester, you learn in the UK’s first zero-carbon business school building, where our virtual trading floor gives you access to Bloomberg data.

    In Southend, you benefit from the award-winning The Forum.

  • Guaranteed campus accommodation

    All full-time postgraduate students are guaranteed campus accommodation.

What our students say

Why choose Essex Business School for your Masters? Some of our current students explain why they picked us for their Masters degrees in marketing, entrepreneurship and human resource management.

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Learn languages

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All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.

PG events

Book a place at a postgraduate event to find out about studying at a top 20 UK research university. Staff will be available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.

Enhance your career

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We equip you with skills for the modern workplace. Whether you’re seeking graduate employment or starting your own business, we offer bespoke careers advice and a range of employability options to enhance your CV.

PG funding

Postgraduate funding

We offer scholarships and bursaries to talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.