Essex Business School - University of Essex

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Essex Business School - University of Essex

Business as usual? Not at Essex.

Essex Business School - University of Essex
At Essex Business School we are champions of responsible management and sustainable business. We use creativity and innovation to drive organisations forward and make them better places to do business.
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Business as usual? Not at Essex.

We're an intellectual community of more than 2,000 international researchers, students and entrepreneurs. Together, we're working to transform society through excellence in business and social science research.

Our undergraduate, postgraduate, executive education and MBA courses provide an academically rigorous business education informed by real-world expertise. But we can do more than simply advance your career; we’ll help you harness the power of business to shape a better world.

We offer different courses at our Colchester and Southend Campuses, both just an hour from London.

So, if you're fascinated by human relationships and culture and want to dig deeper, welcome home.

Our mission is to offer a transformative education and research excellence that has a positive impact on business and society.

A compass to find your way

We are Essex. We are an ambitious community of innovators with a global outlook on sustainable and ethical business. We are a collaborative community who create knowledge together and challenge convention. Welcome home.

The Essex MBA is designed to foster future business leaders. Our MBAs want to use their creativity, innovation and ethical spirit to solve global business challenges. You will immerse yourself in a dynamic learning and commercial environment, whether that’s on our Knowledge Gateway business park within the University of Essex Colchester campus or in our virtual community online. You will learn from your classmates as well as with them and you will find new and exciting ways to do business.

If you like to challenge the status quo, The Essex MBA should be your next bold move.

The Essex MBA

The University of Essex is home to the brave and the bold. Our MBA harnesses this daring and experimental spirit. Whether you want to advance to a leadership role or run your own business, you will gain the knowledge, self-confidence and skills to develop new projects and ventures and champion innovation.

You study a broad range of business topics and learn the fundamentals of management and leadership. We 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 immediately after each weekly-module. The sessions may include company visits, trips to business incubators and presentations from external speakers, 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 academic and professional skills. Recent examples include sessions on personal branding, new business creation, business ethics, big data for small businesses and company visits to the likes of Adnams PLC, Cambridge Science Park and HSBC.

The Essex MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) the only chartered professional body in the UK promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. On successful completion of the MBA you will receive a Level 7 CMI qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership alongside your Essex MBA.

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

Our MBA is taught at Essex Business School, which is placed in the top 25 in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018).

How you learn

  • Fewer exams and more emphasis on practical course-work
  • Take part in hands-on learning where 'doing it' is more important than 'learning it'
  • Learn as much from the experiences of your classmates as you do from the class leaders

"We seek to develop socially responsible innovators delivering sustainable business."

- The Essex MBA Mission Statement

"I'm an economist, but my long-term goal is to become a manager within the banking industry or start my own business venture. Having an MBA will give me the knowledge and confidence to apply for senior management positions both globally and also within domestic markets. I chose The Essex MBA because of the ranking of the University of Essex and Essex Business School, and the scholarship incentives available for international students. I love studying here in this modern, beautiful building. Across campus there are great facilities, it’s an inspiring place to create something new.

Alexander Malygin, Full-time MBA, 2016

Find out more about our MBA students.

UK 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. 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.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 6.0

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.


You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

MBA applicants will be asked to take part in either a face-to-face, online or telephone interview.

Additional Documents

Official transcript(s), in English or a certified translation of your academic results to date, showing marks or grades, must be provided at the time you make your application. (Transcripts are not required from current or previous University of Essex students, or from students who have previously completed a degree at Colchester Institute awarded by the University of Essex).

A personal statement with a 500 word limit to support your application saying why you wish to undertake the course and what you hope to achieve from it. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with us, your personal statement should refer specifically to your reasons for wishing to study in the UK, and why you have chosen your area of study.

We will also require two references during the application process, one of which must come from a current employer, or appropriate other person, confirming your employment status. Don’t worry if you cannot provide references when you make your application, as if we make you an offer you will be able to provide these at a later stage.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree 2.2 or above

Students applying to the MBA with a 2.2 degree or above, must evidence at least three years of managerial experience, post –graduation, documented by your CV.

Applicants without a first degree, or a first degree below 2.2

Evidence at least evidence at least five years of relevant managerial experience, a significant portion of which should be middle-management level, documented by your CV.

Applicants applying to the MBA without a first degree, or a first degree below 2.2, need to provide an essay of 2,000 words outlining a range of business situations which the applicant has experienced and identifying what s/he has learned from them. When writing the essay, please consider that the admission team will typically be looking at the ways in which the applicant constructs an argument, is able to reflect on his/her experiences, and is able to indicate how these reflections have influenced, his/her subsequent practice.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Course Fees

Full-time MBA fee: £19,500 PA

Part-time MBA fee: Standard modules: £1,300; MBA project: £3,900


Essex Business School offers a range of scholarships to help you fund your MBA:

Early-bird discount

Essex Business School is offering a £3,000 tuition fee discount to students 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 April 2019.

Find out more about The Essex MBA early-bird discount.

Essex MBA Dean’s Award

Essex Business School is offering the following discounts to students funding their own MBA studies starting in October 2019:

  • 2 x 100% fee discount
  • 2 x 50% fee discount
  • 16 x £3,000 fee discount

The award will be offered in the form of a tuition fee discount.

Find out more about The Essex MBA Dean's Award.

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