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Essex Online MBA

Kaplan - University of Essex Online, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 9,383

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 10% scholarship
Harness your entrepreneurial spirit and prepare to make waves with one of the only 100% online MBAs accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
  • 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 live seminars 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:

  • Critical issues in leadership from theoretical and practical perspectives
  • The effect that operations have on the sustainability of an organisation
  • The role of people in shaping organisational performance
  • International marketing strategy and planning
  • The critical components of entrepreneurship
  • Accounting and finance techniques and their application in organisations
  • The role of information and analytics in developing growth strategies
  • 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.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • We offer two different entry routes on to our Online MBA, taking into account relevant academic qualifications and prior work experience. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.
  • Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period 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
  • We are offering an Academic scholarship. Click here to find out more.

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 6.5. 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
  • 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 Synchronous Attendance (0 credits, 120 hours)
  • Director’s Workshop (10 credits)
  • Leading with Impact (10 credits)
  • Strategy (10 credits)
  • Sustainability and Operations (10 credits)
  • Accounting and Finance (10 credits)
  • Markets, Governance and Ethics (10 credits)
  • Data and Analytics (10 credits)
  • Strategic Marketing (10 credits)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for New Business Models(10 credits)
  • The Management of Innovation and Organisational Change (10 credits)
  • People and Organisations (10 credits)
  • Business Planning (20 credits)
  • MBA Project (40 credits)

One optional module:

  • Strategic Online Marketing Management (10 credits)
  • International Business Environment (10 credits)

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

2021-22 Full course fee**: £13,500

 Full payment discount

  •  When paying for your undergraduate or postgraduate course up-front, we’ll offer you a discount of 10% for students starting their course in the 2020-21 academic year, and 5% for students starting th

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