Business Administration - MBA


Course Description

Studying for an MBA is not just about gaining a course or qualification; it’s about your future. Whether your goal is to become an executive or an entrepreneur, The Essex MBA can accelerate your career by developing your capacity to innovate, think and act strategically.

The Essex MBA is distinct. It focuses on the key themes of innovative entrepreneurship and sustainable international business. We foster your entrepreneurial spirit so you build sustainable, resilient business models that make sense to shareholders and the environment. You explore the impacts of internationalisation on businesses, suppliers and customers and gain the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces.

You learn more than theory and practice. The Essex MBA attracts students from across the world, who bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience. They create a collaborative learning experience and share ideas and knowledge to develop not just their own capabilities, but their classmates’.

You learn the fundamentals of management and leadership and have the opportunity to specialise through a choice of optional modules. Your course begins with a week of activities to develop your networking, team work and adaptive thinking skills and ends with an MBA project, where you chose to complete a dissertation or comprehensive business plan.

You join Essex Business School, which is placed in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014).

We also offer an Executive MBA where you can opt for a two or three year pathway to complete your MBA alongside your existing employment or running your own business. Our MBA scholarship can also offer you up to a £5,000 discount if you're funding your own studies.

The Essex MBA is also accredited by CMI (the Chartered Management Institute). This means that, upon successful completion of the programme, you receive a Level 7 CMI Qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership in addition to your MBA.

Essex Business School is currently in the process of applying for AMBA accreditation for the Essex MBA and whole school accreditation via AACSB.

Our expert staff

Our world-class team are at the cutting-edge of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.

We connect you with the latest developments in business practice by bringing in practitioners from leading companies to talk about contemporary business issues. Our advisory board is made up of experienced practitioners from industry, finance and the public sector, including HSBC, BT, Invesco and Rolls Royce.

Specialist facilities

The Essex MBA is taught at our Colchester Campus in the state-of-the-art Essex Business School building, the first zero-carbon business school in the UK.

You benefit from exceptional facilities, including:

-A beautiful winter garden, which gives the building its own micro-climate

-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs to practice trading stocks and securities

-Light and spacious teaching areas

-Study pods and innovation booths for group working

-A café with an adjacent sun terrace

Our building is located on the University of Essex Knowledge Gateway, the location of choice for knowledge-based enterprises in science, technology and creative sectors in the eastern region. This can provide significant networking opportunities for students with businesses at the cutting-edge of their fields.

Your future

The Essex MBA is designed to foster the business leaders of the future, using their creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to solve the many challenges that the international business world continues to present. Studying with us is an excellent investment in your future career.

Our MBA students have gained posts in a range of businesses, including large corporations, and have used their qualification as the catalyst to start their own business.

Career support is given to you throughout your degree, but you can also gain advice from our Student Services Team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre.

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

See full list of optional modules


Visit the Business Administration - MBA page on the University of Essex web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Odusola Abimbola Philips

“I chose to study within the Essex Business School at the University of Essex because of its excellent rating as a top ten university for research. I really enjoy the depth of up-to-date research I am able to engage in, and it is great to get the opportunity to solve real case studies with our lecturers and other students on the course.

What I have enjoyed most about being at Essex is being part of the diverse community at the Colchester Campus. I have had the opportunity to make friends with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds. It has really helped me learn about other people’s attitudes and beliefs and I am sure that the friends I have made will stay my friends for life.

The school itself is very friendly and the lecturers are easy to talk to which has made my time here so enjoyable. The University also provides everything you could need on campus, from shops to the library, and places to hang out with friends.

When I leave Essex, my ultimate aim is to start a consulting firm for creative industries in Nigeria. I have gained so much knowledge from my time studying here and I really believe that this knowledge will be invaluable to the firms in creative industries back home.”


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Entry Requirements

A 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 degree. You are also expected to have at least three years of relevant, professional work experience, post-graduation, at the time of application. If you are a non-standard applicant (which is typically an applicant who possesses an undergraduate degree below a 2:2 standard, or an applicant who does not possess an undergraduate degree at all) we require at least five years of relevant managerial experience. You will also be required to write an essay (2000 words) outlining a range of business situations which you have experienced and identifying what you have learnt from them.

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