Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Full or part time
    Part time & Online distance learning available
  • Course fees
  • Course Disciplines
    Business International Business Strategic Management Business & Management - Other
  • Course Start
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  • Course Duration
    24 months
  • MBA Program Type

Course Description

Developed with the world-class team at Essex Business School, this MBA is one of the only wholly online MBAs accredited by AMBA. Less than 2% of business schools can boast this accolade for their MBA. This AMBA affiliation adds huge value to your MBA qualification. To find out more about our AMBA accreditation check out this article.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) overview

This 100% online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is designed for individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit who not only want to progress their career but also strive to harness the power of their business acumen to transform the world – bringing together enterprise, profit and sustainability.

Through studying this experiential programme, you will be at the forefront of responding to global business challenges with unconventional solutions. The Essex Online MBA focuses on innovative entrepreneurship and sustainable international business. Our students come from all walks of life and all professional backgrounds. Wherever you’re from and wherever you’re going, the Essex Online MBA will give you the tools you need to elevate yourself and advance your career.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) course structure

You can study the following modules on the online MBA:

  • MBA Synchronous Attendance*
  • Director’s Workshop*
  • Leading with Impact*
  • Strategy*
  • Sustainability and Operations*
  • Accounting and Finance*
  • Markets, Governance and Ethics*
  • Data and Analytics*
  • Strategic Marketing*
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for New Business Models*
  • The Management of Innovation and Organisational Change*
  • People and Organisations*
  • Business Planning*
  • MBA Project*
  • Strategic Online Marketing Management
  • International Business Environment

*These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) teaching methods

At the core of our MBA programme is experiential learning. Our interactive real-time synchronous attendance events offer a wealth of opportunities for students to collaborate, contribute, share and reflect upon experiences and insights drawn from the different industrial, geographical and cultural perspectives represented in the global MBA community.

We’re a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. Through the VLE you will have access to study resources 24/7, this includes:

  • Multimedia lecturecasts comprising of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • Discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • Seminars with your tutors
  • Interactive Director’s Workshops
  • A comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) assessment methods

All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres; instead, you will submit written assignments through the VLE. For the few courses where exams are required, we use a virtual system which allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

To successfully complete the online MBA, students are required to undertake 120 hours of live attendance. The live attendance sessions do not require physical attendance as they run 100% online.

We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) career prospects

Our online MBA gives you the chance to improve your career and leadership potential with a mix of industry-specific and transferable workplace skills. An MBA qualification is a highly regarded qualification and an excellent investment in your future career. You will develop the essential business and management skills necessary to be able to manage and lead in the modern business world.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) fees and funding

Our tuition fees are the same for all students (in the UK and international) and includes all teaching materials and required reading. There aren’t any hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also offer students a range of tuition fee discounts, scholarships and payment options for our online courses:

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Monthly payment plan available for those who are self-funding.
  • Alumni discount available to graduates of the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • Full payment discount if you pay the full course fee upfront.
  • A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria.**

Please note that you can only apply for a maximum of two discounts or scholarships.

** To find out whether you’re eligible for our scholarships or discounts please contact our Admissions team.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) start dates

We have regular intakes throughout the year – apply now and you could start your course soon! 

Visit the Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) page on the University of Essex Online web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Aisha, United Arab Emirates

I wish I’d started my MBA years ago. I feel like I’m part of a community. I created a WhatsApp group for students based in the UAE and we physically meet up regularly. If I can’t watch any lectures live because of the time difference I can watch them on demand and our tutors try to be flexible with their office hours. Even though we’re miles away from the Essex team, they’re always willing and able to help with any issues or questions I have. My Student Adviser, Marie, replies promptly, is always able to assist me and offers support in my studies. My hope is that my MBA will help with career advancement and open doors to opportunities with potential employers in the future.

(Student Profile)

Tansy, United Kingdom

"Studying an MBA with the University of Essex online has paved the way for my future. The ability to study online has allowed me to carry on learning, whilst working full time and having a social life."


Full payment discount - No. of awards TBC

Contact our Admissions team to learn more about our full payment discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount


We’ll offer you a 5% discount if you pay your full course fee up-front. This is only applicable to students studying online and does not apply to students studying on campus.

Application Procedure

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Further Information


International scholarship - No. of awards TBC

To be considered for an International scholarship, please contact our Admissions team. You will be required to write a statement (up to 500 words) in support of your International scholarship application. This will need to include details of previous qualifications, work experience, why you want to study our course and how a scholarship could help you.

Value of Scholarship(s)



International students residing in specific regions outside of the UK may be eligible for a partial scholarship for our postgraduate online courses. Scholarship applications are assessed on a merit basis and will take into consideration previous qualifications and level of work experience.

Application Procedure

Apply today to learn more:

Further Information


Alumni discount - No. of awards TBC

Contact our Admissions team to learn more about our alumni discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount


If you're graduate of University of Essex or University of Essex Online, we’ll award you a 10% discount on your Masters tuition fees. This is only applicable to students studying online and does not apply to students studying on campus.

Application Procedure

Apply today to learn more:

Further Information

Entry Requirements

We believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our online Master of Business Administration (MBA):

Academic entry route
You must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
• a 1st, 2.1 or 2.2 undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree
• at least three years’ relevant, professional work experience, post-graduation

Work experience entry route
For non-standard applicants (below 2.2 undergraduate degree or no undergraduate degree at all) we require at least five years of relevant managerial experience.

Course Fees

Full tuition fee: £13,500 (2021-22)*
This fee excludes any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where applicable, the University is required to add the sales tax. Read more about this course to find out about the funding options we offer our students.

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