Master of Business Administration: The Essex MBA


Course Description

The Essex MBA seeks to develop socially responsible entrepreneurs delivering sustainable business. Our students are talented, ambitious and full of energy. They possess an entrepreneurial spirit that we do our best to foster. Our MBAs aspire to achieve lasting positive change for themselves and those around them. We aim to inspire them to create the world they want to live in.

You will study a broad range of business functions, known as the MBA Essentials, which includes strategic marketing, sustainable operations, accounting and finance.

We hope to foster your entrepreneurial spirit, so you can build sustainable, resilient business models that make sense to shareholders and the environment. You explore the impact of internationalisation on businesses, suppliers and customers and gain the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces.

Our Director’s Workshops are integral to The Essex MBA and run as one and two-day workshops at key stages of the programme. The sessions may include company visits, trips to business incubators and presentations from industry practitioners, as well as our specialist academics. The Director’s Workshops give you the opportunity to relate current business issues to content taught in your modules and develop your professional skills. Recent examples include sessions on personal branding, new business creation, business ethics, risk management, big data for small businesses, value proposition development and company visits to the likes of Adnams PLC, Cambridge Science Park and HSBC.

The Essex MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Less than 2% of business schools can boast this accolade for their MBA and the AMBA affiliation can add huge value to your MBA qualification.

The Essex MBA is 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. The CMI is dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence and is the only awarding body able to award Chartered Manager status.

Essex Business School is also in the process of applying for accreditation via Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Your course begins with one week of activities to develop your networking, team work and adaptive thinking skills. It ends with a Capstone, where you choose to complete a dissertation, comprehensive business plan or consultancy project that can be tailored to your professional experience or goals.

Our MBA is taught at Essex Business School, which is located at the heart of the Knowledge Gateway, the research and technology park on our Colchester Campus. The Knowledge Gateway also incorporates Parkside Office Village, an SME hotspot, and the Innovation Centre, which is home to the University’s Start-Up Hub.

We offer a range of learning styles to fit around your professional commitments. As well as the year-long full-time MBA, we offer a part-time MBA so you can opt for a two or three-year pathway and complete your MBA alongside your existing employment or own business. We also run a part-time Degree Apprenticeship MBA funded through your employer’s apprenticeship levy and an online MBA that gives you complete freedom to study when and where it suits you.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Why we're great.

  • Our Director’s Workshops take you out of the traditional classroom to apply your learning to current business issues
  • Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) which means that you gain a Level 7 CMI Qualification in addition to your MBA
  • Choose between starting your course in October or January

Your future

Studying with us on the Essex MBA is an excellent investment in your future career. We connect you with the latest developments in business by bringing in practitioners from leading companies to talk about contemporary business issues as well as experts in the MBA graduate jobs market. Throughout your course, you benefit from our professional links, such as:

  • you hear from visiting speakers who offer insight into contemporary business issues
  • we visit inspiring local firms to learn from their success
  • we connect with business incubators to see first-hand the issues of getting your own business off the ground
  • we run regular networking events with resident businesses on the University’s Knowledge Gateway to build relationships that can result in jobs, internships and research projects for our students and graduates
  • we encourage students to use The Capstone to produce a business plan to launch their own new venture, with the expert support of the Start-Up Hub at the University’s Innovation Centre
  • our modules feature business simulations overseen by local entrepreneurs who can share their experiences for the benefit of our students
  • our bespoke MBA Futures programme provides students with an understanding of the MBA job market and an insight into the recruitment and selection practices used by employers our students may wish to target after completing their MBA.

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 businesses. Read our alumni profiles to find out more.


Visit the Master of Business Administration: The Essex 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.”


(Scholarship)

The Essex MBA Dean’s Award - 20+ Awards

At Essex Business School we are proud to make a huge £500,000 worth of fee discounts available for the Essex MBA.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fee discounts between 10% - 100% of tuition fee value.

Eligibility

Essex Business School is offering tuition fee discounts to students funding their own MBA studies. The award is available to students who are applying to the full-time and part-time MBA programme, provided you are funding your own studies. It is not available if you're fully or partly sponsored.

Application Procedure

To earn an award you’ll have to impress during your MBA interview, the most important part of the application process. The MBA Director will assess you for a scholarship award during your interview and will be particularly looking for evidence of:
- academic merit
- work experience (quality of work experience, not simply time served)
- ideas on sustainable and entrepreneurial business
- ability to communicate experience and ideas
- plans for utilising the Essex MBA experience after the course

Further Information

https://www1.essex.ac.uk/fees-and-funding/masters/scholarships/mba-dean-award.aspx


(Scholarship)

The Essex MBA Early Bird Discount - 20+ Awards

If your online application to the Essex MBA is successful, you will be issued a conditional offer and invited to interview as soon as possible. You will automatically receive an award if you subsequently accept your offer of study by 31 October 2020 (if your course starts in January 2021) or by 31 May 2021 (if your course starts in October 2021) or by 31 October 2021 (if your course starts in January 2022).Who is eligible:- Home (UK), EU and overseas students who are entirely self-funded. It is not available to students who are fully or partly sponsored.
- Students who are applying to the full-time MBA programme. It is not available to students applying to the part-time or executive programmes.
- This scholarship can be held in conjunction with an Essex MBA Dean’s Award offered at less than 50% of course fee only, it cannot be held in conjunction with an Essex MBA Dean’s Award valued at 50% course fee or more. - It cannot be held in conjunction with other University of Essex scholarships, including the Alumni Loyalty Discount.
- If you have been offered a scholarship but request to defer your entry, your scholarship offer will be reconsidered in line with the terms and conditions that apply in the new year of entry.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3,000

Eligibility

Essex Business School is offering £3,000 to students starting their course in January 2021 who attend an interview with the MBA Director and accept their offer of a place on the full-time Essex MBA by the end of October 2020. The Essex MBA Early Bird Discount is also available to students who attend their interview and accept their offer of a place on the full-time Essex MBA by the end of May 2021 (if your course starts in October 2021) or by the end of October 2021 (if your course starts in January 2022).

Application Procedure

If your online application to the Essex MBA is successful, you will be issued a conditional offer and invited to interview as soon as possible. You will automatically receive an award if you subsequently accept your offer of study by 31 October 2020 (if your course starts in January 2021) or by 31 May 2021 (if your course starts in October 2021) or by 31 October 2021 (if your course starts in January 2022).

Further Information

https://www1.essex.ac.uk/fees-and-funding/masters/scholarships/mba.aspx



Entry Requirements

A 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

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