The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: MBA Indicative duration: 24 months
Start date: September 2019 Tuition fee: £13,500 (with scholarship) Funding options: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Harness your entrepreneurial spirit and prepare to make waves. Developed with the world-class team at Essex Business School, this online MBA programme will help you develop the knowledge, self-confidence and skills to lead within the dynamic environments of the modern business world.

You will take part in interactive Director’s Workshops, which bring industry leaders and outstanding speakers before our entire MBA student population for a week-long engaging experience. This is a unique 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 global MBA community.

You will also benefit from your classmates’ expertise and experiences, alongside the course content, with our in-depth discussion forums. Subject tutors will be available during enlightening Q&A sessions and virtual office hours, while our range of assessment techniques allow you to demonstrate your diverse skillset and understanding of the business areas.

Throughout this course, you’ll explore a broad range of topics including:

  • different approaches to leadership and their impact on culture and business performance
  • the global flows of resources, ideas, knowledge and people as features of global enterprise
  • the effect that operations have on the sustainability of an organisation
  • international marketing strategy and planning
  • the three critical components of entrepreneurship
  • accounting and finance techniques and their application in organisations
  • work team effectiveness and motivation

Your studies culminate in the completion of an MBA Project, a dissertation or business plan on the business area of your choice, with research that you have conducted yourself.

Looking for something campus-based? The Essex MBA offers a face-to-face version of this course.

Why we’re great

  • No need to take a break – complete this course 100% online and part-time around your existing work.
  • Study the exact same world-class course as delivered on campus by Essex Business School.
  • Take part in engaging Director’s Workshops to bring your course to life.

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:

*These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Teaching Methods

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.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • Collaborative Director’s Workshops and engaging virtual synchronous attendance
  • Multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • Discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • Live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • A comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • Support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment Methods

Our varied assessment methods allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the course content in a wide range of ways. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, by submitting longer written pieces or by undertaking timed open-book exams at home, without the need to travel to an assessment centre.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study Duration

Our MBA course has an indicative study duration of 2 years, 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.

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.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

An MBA sets you up for success in the dynamic environments of the modern business world. Whether you are seeking a senior position within an organisation or hoping to start up your own company, the skills and knowledge you develop will be useful in roles that manage finance, human resources, corporate strategy, marketing and sales management, research and development and management consultancy, among many others.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within the first three weeks of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our MBA programme, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree
  • at least three years’ relevant, professional work experience, post-graduation

 

Work Experience Entry Route

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.

Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.

 

English Language Requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 (UG) / 6.5 (PG). Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £13,500 (with scholarship)
Monthly tuition fee: £562

  • Executive Scholarship of up to £6,000 available for students starting in the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront or annually.
  • International scholarship of 10% of the tuition fee if you are based outside the EU.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.

Please note that the up-front payment discount can be used in combination with the Alumni discount or international/Executive Scholarships. The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the international/Executive Scholarships.

Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Name: Dr David Patrick Mankin 
Programme: MBA

David graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Modern History. In his early career he held several non-teaching roles before moving into the private sector. He held various management positions before embarking upon an academic career. David previously taught full-time at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC – now Cardiff Metropolitan University); and part-time at Aberystwyth University. He has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since the academy was first founded in 2000. He was also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Since 2009, David has specialised in teaching online learning programmes. His PhD is in Organisational Knowledge and Learning. He has written or co-written three books, the last two for Oxford University Press: Human Resource Development (2009); Strategic Human Resource Management (2012).

 

Name: Clare Walker 
Programme: MBA 

Clare graduated from University of Edinburgh in 1998, with a BSc Honours degree, before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management at Newcastle Business School, leading to Chartered Membership of the CIPD.  An interest in personality and self-awareness has shaped her continued development, with practitioner qualifications in coaching, NLP, MBTI and Belbin. Clare has worked primarily within the third sector as a Learning and Development specialist, supporting managers and business leaders to define and plan employee development, including management induction, ILM qualifications and leadership programmes.  Since 2013, Clare has been self-employed, working with a range of businesses to develop management skills and leadership effectiveness.

 

Name: Lisa Clark 
Programme: MBA 

Lisa possesses over 10 years of experience from various Senior Management Training and Development roles within the financial and business service industries, including BT plc, Toyota GB and Halifax UK Bank before moving into academia. Lisa works as a Senior Lecturer specialising within the field of Human Resource Development in particular leadership, management learning and development, data centre leadership, social theory and its influence and effect on learning transfer, social learning and workplace learning.  Lisa has a passion for lifelong learning and works for Newcastle University Business School and remotely for the Lord Ashcroft International Business School of Anglia Ruskin University.

What our students say

testimonials

Erin Lovell, MBA - Essex Online MBA

I chose to study my MBA because I knew that ultimately, I'd like to own a number of businesses and work for myself. The course itself was great, I took something valuable away from every module. I really enjoyed my Financial Decision Making for Managers course - which is ironic because that's the only one I was really dreading when I first saw the syllabus! I'm happy to say that I'm already using the course. I have just started my new role of Senior Project Analyst for the Bermuda Monetary Authority full-time. This course was absolutely instrumental in my being prepared for this job. If you're waiting for the right time to take this course, it's now. It's an incredibly practical course and you will be able to apply the things you learn right away. There will never be a "perfect time" - so today is as good as any.

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Aisha Legge, MBA - Essex Online MBA

I wish I’d started my MBA years ago. I feel like I’m part of a community. I created a WhatsApp group for students based in the UAE and we physically meet up regularly. If I can’t watch any lectures live because of the time difference I can watch them on demand and our tutors try to be flexible with their office hours. Even though we’re miles away from the Essex team, they’re always willing and able to help with any issues or questions I have. My student adviser, Marie, replies promptly, is always able to assist me and offers support in my studies. My hope is that my MBA will help with career advancement and open doors to opportunities with potential employers in the future.

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Paul Nicholson, BA (Hons) Business and Management - BA (Hons) Business and Management

I was a project leader in the oil and gas industry, wanting to take my career to the next level. Learning through an online programme provided me with the flexibility I needed to manage my work and family life. Studying in the evenings and at weekends worked well for me, but without the support and understanding of my wife and daughter, it could have been very difficult. Summer holidays saw me sitting in air-conditioned rooms writing assignments while my family entertained themselves. I would say family ‘buy-in’ and support is crucial to succeed! However, while I've made sacrifices, I'll definitely reap the rewards in the long term.

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