Master of Business Administration: The Essex Executive MBA (2 Years Part-time)

    • Full or part time
      Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Management Studies International Business Business & Management - Other Project Management Strategic Management Change Management
    • Course Start
    • Course Duration
      2 Years Part Time
    • MBA Program Type

    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.

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

    Part-time study gives you the flexibility to complete your Essex MBA alongside employment or running your own business. You can opt for a two or three-year pathway and take two or three modules per term.

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

    You will have the option to attend our Director’s Workshops, which 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 a 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 offer a range of learning styles to fit around your professional commitments. This course is available to study starting in January or October. As well as the part-time MBA, we offer a year-long full-time MBA and an online MBA that gives you complete freedom to study when and where it suits you.

    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 COVID-19 pandemic. You explore the impact of internationalisation on businesses, suppliers and customers and gain the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces.

    Scholarships and discounts

    At Essex Business School, we are proud to support the best MBA candidates with a range of scholarships and fee discounts.

    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.

    • Compacted teaching on our part-time courses enable you to fit your MBA studies around your work and life commitments.

    • Accredited by AMBA, making Essex Business School among the top 2% of business schools in the world
    • Our international cohort of MBA students hails from over 40 countries

    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 re-positioned various Masters, MBA and dual degree programmes, embedding innovation in programme design and delivery, securing world class, academic and professional accreditations while collaborating with business and the third sector to create experiential learning opportunities and securing enviable positions for those programmes in leading league tables.

    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

    Your future

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

    • 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
    • our modules feature business simulations overseen by local entrepreneurs who can share their experiences for the benefit of our students
    • the part-time MBA is designed to give you fresh inspiration to tackle the daily challenges you face in the workplace
    • 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

    Read our alumni profiles to find out how our MBA students have benefited from their qualification.

    Visit the Master of Business Administration: The Essex Executive MBA (2 Years Part-time) page on the University of Essex web site for more details!

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    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.


    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

    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 to apply, but we particularly welcome applicants with a GMAT score of 600 and above.

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