Entry requirements

Good undergraduate degree (good 2.2 or higher) and three years relevant, professional work experience, post graduation. If your undergraduate degree is below a 2.1 then a minimum of three years relevant managerial experience may be sufficient. If you are without an undergraduate degree then at least seven years managerial experience (significant proportion of which should be middle-management level) and you will be required to write an essay (2000 words) outlining the range of business situationsyou have experienced and identifying what you learnt from them.

Months of entry


Course content

We have designed our MBA programme for a new breed of business leader; one who needs to be innovative, inquisitive, creative, and ethical.

An MBA is not just about the course or qualification; it is about your future. Whether your goal is to become an executive or an entrepreneur, the right MBA will accelerate your career. It must not only provide general business knowledge, but, also knowledge which is current and tackles the big issues facing organisations today and those they will encounter tomorrow. Our MBA will give you such knowledge and equip you with the skill set to apply this newly acquired knowledge in the workplace. We have limited the numbers on each cohort to ensure you have the individual attention you deserve to maximise the value of your investment in our course.

We connect you to the latest developments in business practice by bringing senior executives from leading companies in to talk about contemporary business issues and to teach, particularly on our innovative 'Ensuring Employability' series of weekly workshops. In addition to fostering links with experienced business practitioners, our MBA has significant links with major institutions in the City of London, leading public sector institutions and non-governmental organisations, the last through our successful community advice project.

The part-time MBA pathway is studied over two days a week for two years. If you are hoping to study over a longer time frame, we would be happy to accommodate this.

Our Essex Business School has an international reputation for cutting-edge research in accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship. This was confirmed when we were ranked second in the UK for accounting and finance research, with 95 percent of our research graded as of international quality. Our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts, much of it addressing the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

We are recognised for being at the forefront of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management. Many of our academic staff have world class research reputations and have written about, or worked, in, a wide range of organisations and this experience is incorporated into your learning experience within our School.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the language skills

Fees and funding

Some University of Essex scholarships available.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation50 (10000 words)

Course contact details

MBA Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719