Developed with the world-class team at Essex Business School, this online MBA programme includes unique Director’s Workshops which bring industry leaders and outstanding speakers before our entire MBA student population for a week-long engaging experience. It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to apply their knowledge to a variety of commercial scenarios and explore real-world business challenges from different perspectives.
Experiential learning is at the core of our MBA programme. Our interactive real-time synchronous attendance events deliver a wealth of reflection and learning opportunities for our students as they collaborate in groups of different sizes and composition. These real-time interactions allow students to contribute, share and reflect upon experiences and insights drawn from the different industrial, geographical and cultural perspectives represented in the MBA community.
The programme encompasses a wide range of innovative modules covering a variety of crucial topics including entrepreneurship, managerial economics, business strategy, sustainable operations and many more. Throughout these thought-provoking and challenging modules, students are given the opportunity to explore the impacts of internationalisation while also gaining the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces. Our students are equipped with the right skillset and mentality to innovate in a disruptive business world by effectively responding to the global business challenges. The programme also supports and develops the entrepreneurial spirit, allowing each student to build sustainable, resilient business models.
The MBA is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.
Level 7 modules:
- MBA Project (50 credits)*
- Business Planning (10 credits)
- Director's Workshop (10 credits)*
- MBA Synchronous Attendance (0 credits)*
- Business Research (10 credits)
- Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
- Accounting and Managerial Finance(10 credits)
- Business Strategy (10 credits)
- Marketing in a Global Economy (10 credits)
- Sustainable Operations (10 credits)
- International Business Environment (10 credits)
- Managerial Economics (10 credits)
- People and Organisations (10 credits)
- Leadership and Business Performance (10 credits)
- Strategic Online Marketing Management (10 credits)
*These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.
Learning and assessment
Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you - at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.
All of our courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It's possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.
All of our online courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.
Teaching methods and style
The modules you choose to undertake online as part of this programme will utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.
This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.
You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.
Assessment for the online modules of the MBA is based on a combination of exams, synchronous attendance sessions, written coursework, discussion contributions and reflective journal entries considering the key learning outcomes and their applicability to the student. The examinations will be timed open book exams that students can do at home on their PC or laptop without the need to travel to an examination centre. In order to successfully complete the MBA, students are required to undertake 120 hours of synchronous attendance. Please note that synchronous attendance events don’t require physical attendance as they run 100% online, however students will be able to choose which sessions they participate in, provided they attend at least 120 hours over the course of their study. Your course tutor will make the requirements and assessments of each module clear to you before you start.
We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.
On successful completion of your MBA programme, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.
We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates, and our MBA programme is particularly focused towards career improvement and development. This course gives you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and leadership potential with a mix of industry-specific and transferable workplace skills.
An MBA qualification is an excellent investment in your future, providing you with the fundamental business and management skills necessary to be able to manage and lead in the dynamic environments of the modern business world.