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Accreditation: AMBA

Location: Colchester, United Kingdom

Campuses: Colchester (United Kingdom)

Tuition fees £ 10,500 (€ 12,228)

Length (months) 24

Program type The Essex Executive MBA (Part-time)

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Program 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. The part-time programme is available as a two year, three year or modular option.

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 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.

The 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.

  • Start date: 04.10.2022
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Admission requirements:

  • Language Test: TOEFL 88 (minimum), IELTS 6.5 (minimum)
  • Experience
  • Other: A 2:2 degree. You are also expected to have at least three years of good quality, relevant, professional work experience, post-graduation, at the course start date. When assessing your experience we will look favourably upon evidence you have managed people, projects or budgets, have demonstrated career progression or have been involved in additional entrepreneurial or community focussed activities. If you are a non-standard applicant (which is typically an applicant who has an undergraduate degree below a 2:2, or an applicant who does not have 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 that you have experienced and identifying what you have learnt from them. All MBA applicants must submit an up-to-date CV. For each professional role, your CV should include: company name, job title, dates of employment, details of your role and responsibilities and an outline of the skills required or learnt in the role. You don’t need to have completed GMAT to apply for the Essex MBA but we particularly welcome applicants with a GMAT score of 600 and above. If you have completed GMAT, please submit your score as it may strengthen your application and your chances of securing a scholarship.

Cost of study and scholarships:

  • Scholarship up to: 100%

Follow the news

Watch Professor Nicolas Forsans (MBA Director), Ann Ord (MBA Careers Adviser) and Neal Robertson (MBA Recruitment Manager) as they discuss how the Essex MBA is designed to support each MBA student on their own path to develop their career or entrepreneurial ambitions.
We explore how the programme structure, business engagement, MBA project options, dedicated careers support and collaboration with the Essex Startups service at the University's Innovation Centre can all help you to achieve your goals.
We were also joined by an MBA Alumnus who told how her career has developed since finishing the programme.


Knowledge of sustainable operations is an essential skill to manage operations in a way that helps deliver the ‘triple bottom line’: success for people, planet and profit.

In this latest blog Marco Nowinski, visiting lecturer at #EssexBusinessSchool, explores the importance of sustainable operations for an MBA and the ways in which online learning can have a positive impact on the student learning experience.




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