Use an online short course as a springboard into higher education


28th Sep 2023


The World Economic Forum predicts the business landscape will change considerably over the next five years, with demand set to rise for relevant business skills.

Stay up to date with current business trends and grow your expertise in just 10 weeks with an online undergraduate short course from the University of Essex Online. Better yet, you’ll receive valuable academic credits which can be used to jumpstart your journey into higher education.   


Which new business undergraduate short courses are available?

Choose from three of our newly launched online short courses in the field of business: 

Business and Management Skills 

Discover the difference between a leader and manager, and how to motivate teams in the workplace. 

Fundamentals of Marketing 

Learn the key aspects of successful marketing – from consumer influence to marketing strategy. 

Human Resource Management 

Gain an insight into HR theories and practices, while exploring the full talent management process and more. 


What are the benefits of an online short course?

Not only can you study 100% online and in just 10 weeks, but unlike some other providers, you’ll receive 15 academic credits which can be used against a full undergraduate degree. Our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment makes studying online simple, but don’t just take our word for it – 91% of NSS 2023 survey participants reported that they felt satisfied with the IT resources and facilities to support their learning.  


How will this help me in the business world?

Upon completion, you can apply your skills directly to the workplace and accelerate your business career. Each course provides insightful knowledge across marketing, human resources and management areas, expanding your access to career opportunities across a range of industries. Alternatively, you could boost your CV further with additional short courses or take the ultimate leap and transfer onto an applicable undergraduate business degree. 


Why study an online short course with the University of Essex Online?

  • Gain a lasting understanding of the business world, with areas of studies drawn from real-life scenarios across marketing, human resources and management. 
  • 95% of NSS survey 2023 participants felt they were building skills for the future. 
  • Over 50% of students who saw a salary increase after studying with us enjoyed increases of between 10-50% (based on 2021 survey of active students). 
  • Receive a certificate from the University of Essex, a top 40 UK university (Complete University Guide 2024).  


What if I’m interested in studying at postgraduate level?

If you already hold an undergraduate degree but want to upskill, then our postgraduate online professional courses are for you. Courses are available in business, health and computing and all teaching materials are included on our courses, in addition to a secure 14-day money-back guarantee if you change your mind. Upon completion, you’ll receive 20 academic credits, in addition to a digital certificate. 


Courses launch this October and we’re already accepting applications. If you’re ready to take the next steps and elevate your business understanding, apply today!