Master of Business Administration: The Essex MBA

  • Full or part time
    Full time & On campus available
  • Course fees
  • Course Disciplines
    Business Accounting Finance - Other Management Studies Business & Management - Other
  • Course Start
    October, January
  • Course Duration
    Full-time: 1 year
  • MBA Program Type
    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 which will be cultivated at Essex. 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.

Our course is for business professionals looking to challenge themselves to expand their knowledge and skills, and to advance their career.

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

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.

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.

We hope to foster your entrepreneurial spirit, so you can build sustainable, resilient business models that make sense to shareholders and the environment and respond to economic pressures, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. You explore the impact of internationalisation on businesses, suppliers and customers and gain the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces.

We offer a range of learning styles to fit around your professional commitments. The MBA is available to study starting in January or October. 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 an online MBA that gives you complete freedom to study when and where it suits you.

Scholarships and discounts

At Essex Business School, we are proud to support the best MBA candidates with a range of scholarships and fee discounts. The Essex MBA Dean's Award offers fee discounts between 10-100% and the Essex MBA Early Bird Discount offers a £3,000 discount to those starting their course in January 2022 who accept their offer of a place on the full-time Essex MBA by 14 November 2021.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

TThe Essex MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) making Essex Business School among the top 2% of business schools in the world. AMBA describes its accreditation as the “gold standard” for management training around the world and is highly respected by managers and leaders globally. The AMBA affiliation can add huge value to your MBA qualification.

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

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 AMBA, making Essex Business School among the top 2% of business schools in the world
  • At Essex Business School we have a global outlook on sustainable and ethical business

Our expert staff

Our world-class MBA tutors have both academic and extensive private sector experience and 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.

The course is led by our MBA Director, Professor of Management, Nicolas Forsans. An international business and corporate strategy specialist, Nicolas investigates the role of business in society and the impact of emerging business models built around digital technologies. Nicolas has 20+ years of experience teaching international business, responsible management and strategic management modules at all levels.

Nicolas has designed, developed and repositioned various Masters, MBA and dual degree programmes, embedding innovation in programme design and delivery, securing world class, academic and professional accreditations and establishing enviable positions for those programmes in leading league tables.

As well as support from academic staff, our MBA Recruitment Manager Neal Robertson, will be in regular contact and can answer any non-academic questions you have. Throughout your course, you benefit from a personalised and supportive learning environment where help is always at hand.

Specialist facilities

The Essex MBA is taught at our Colchester Campus in the unique and inspiring Essex Business School, the first zero-carbon business school in the UK.

You benefit from exceptional facilities, including:

  • an MBA Syndicate Room exclusively for MBA students, offering space for group work, meetings and presentation preparation
  • a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs giving you access to industry-standard financial data and analytics
  • a beautiful winter garden, which gives the building its own micro-climate

Our building 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. These provide significant opportunities for you to network, undertake consultancy projects and develop your own entrepreneurial ambitions with businesses at the cutting-edge of their fields.


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://www.essex.ac.uk/scholarships/the-essex-mba-deans-award


(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://www.essex.ac.uk/scholarships/mba-early-bird-discount



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 managerial experience.

All MBA applicants must submit an up-to-date CV.

You don’t need to have completed GMAT, but we particularly welcome applicants with a GMAT score of 600 and above.

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