Business and management

Use your analytics skills, and innovation to solve business challenges for the good of organisations and society.

Business and management

Undergraduate degrees

Explore how businesses are created and grow. Understand organisational behaviour, management structures, supply chains, accounting and finance and how to manage innovation and new technologies within a business. You’ll explore the current issues affecting our global economy, including the international business environment; and gain a rich understanding of how organisations function and thrive. With a real-world focus, and experience research-led education from our experts, you’ll benefit from the latest thinking in an ever-changing industry enabling you to graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for the future you desire. 

Whether you're aiming to launch your own business or to climb the career ladder – the opportunities for an Essex business and management graduate are endless.    

Why study here?
  • Our business and management courses offer an interdisciplinary approach which includes elements of sociology, psychology, history, politics, language, culture and communication to give you a solid education in business and management, coupled with an understanding of the societal context in which businesses operate.
  • We are ranked in the Top 175 for Business and Economics in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2024.
  • A placement or study abroad year is available with the majority of our courses. Recent placement years have been taken at BMW on their Finance scheme, Nissan on their Management scheme and Lloyds Bank on their Risk Management scheme.
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Dr Stephen Murphy, Lecturer in MAnagement and Marketing at Essex Business School, sits in the winter garden.
"My lectures are about engaging students and allowing them to encounter the material in practical ways, this means that within the classroom a lot of what we do is about developing group exercises, discussion points and debates so we’re not just learning the material, we’re experiencing the material first hand and are thinking about the type of concepts we’re encountering and thinking about how they can be used to solve problems."

Career prospects

Unlock your potential with a business and management degree providing you with opportunities to acquire a comprehensive skill set encompassing strategic thinking, leadership prowess, problem-solving finesse, and excellent communication skills, all vital assets for navigating the corporate world. In today's globalised market, understanding the intricacies of business operations, be it finance, marketing, or human resources; is key to versatility and a career opportunities. Find out more about the skills you'll learn and the career path your degree could take you to on our Essex Business School web pages.

Postgraduate Masters Degrees

Managing in today's global economy requires creativity, holistic thinking and a clear strategy.

At Essex, you explore more than just how organisations work and the best ways to manage them. Our Masters programmes promote critical reflection on the roles organisations have within different countries and cultures, as well as the impact they can have upon individuals. 

You’ll be working alongside our world-renowned academics and practitioners, who are producing work with a global impact. We’ll nurture your ambition, encourage you to challenge the boundaries of knowledge and empower you to address the current issues organisations face independently. You’ll graduate with a degree that equips you with the understanding and skill to become a leader who can help both business and society to innovate and thrive.

Why study here?
  • We don't just prepare you for a successful career; we help you shape the world you want to live in.
  • Whether you're new to studying business or are looking to extend your knowledge in a specialist programme, we've got the course for you.
  • Be taught by internationally recognised social scientists and management experts.
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We have Open Days in September and October, plus Clearing Open Days in August. Book your place to see where you could be calling home, and we'll make sure you have all the information you need to make the most out of your day.

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“Gaining practical experience while studying part-time has helped me to expand my knowledge in Human Resources Management which I have been able to apply to my course. Equally, the knowledge and experience gained during my internship as an HR Assistant and by working as an HR administrator in workforce planning at the NHS really helped me during my studies. I am proud to say that working around my studies has opened so many career opportunities for me. ”
Mariam Nakiboneka  MSc Human Resource Management (Part -time) essex business school

Postgraduate Research Degrees

Today’s managers face dwindling consumer confidence, difficulties retaining talent and demand for greater social and environmental responsibility. Could your research help them to navigate these challenges?

At Essex, you can join the next generation of social science researchers shaping theory, policy and practice in the fields of management studies and business analytics. By studying for your PhD with us, you benefit from working in an academically rigorous and professionally supportive environment at a business school where 100% of our business and management research environment is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

You can choose to undertake research in a number of areas, including human resource management, international management, marketing and brand management and work and organisation studies.

Throughout, our supervisors will support the development of your research expertise and professional skills. With more than 100 doctoral students, totalling around 40 nationalities, Essex Business School is the place to launch your international research career.

Why study here?
  • Join our vibrant research community and challenge conventional business thinking to shape the organisations of the future.
  • We also have courses for those without a Masters degree or limited research training.
  • At Essex Business School, you can hear from scholars from around the world at regular networking seminars.
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We have Open Days in September and October, plus Clearing Open Days in August. Book your place to see where you could be calling home, and we'll make sure you have all the information you need to make the most out of your day.

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Start your application with us

Explore our Business and Management research by theme or your area of interest and find a supervisor that can support your through your studies. More information can be found about research degrees on our school pages. Our courses below will help guide you through the various research degree programmes we offer.

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