Studying for an MBA is not just about gaining a course or qualification; it’s about your future. Whether your goal is to become an executive or an entrepreneur, The Essex MBA can accelerate your career by developing your capacity to innovate, think and act strategically.
The Essex MBA is distinct. It focuses on the key themes of innovative entrepreneurship and sustainable international business. We foster your entrepreneurial spirit so you build sustainable, resilient business models that make sense to shareholders and the environment. You explore the impacts of internationalisation on businesses, suppliers and customers and gain the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces.
You learn more than theory and practice. The Essex MBA attracts students from across the world, who bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience. They create a collaborative learning experience and share ideas and knowledge to develop not just their own capabilities, but their classmates’.
You learn the fundamentals of management and leadership and have the opportunity to specialise through a choice of optional modules. Your course begins with a week of activities to develop your networking, team work and adaptive thinking skills and ends with an MBA project, where you chose to complete a dissertation or comprehensive business plan.
You join Essex Business School, which is placed in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014).
We also offer an Executive MBA where you can opt for a two or three year pathway to complete your MBA alongside your existing employment or running your own business. Our MBA scholarship can also offer you up to a £5,000 discount if you're funding your own studies.
The Essex MBA is also accredited by CMI (the Chartered Management Institute). This means that, upon successful completion of the programme, you receive a Level 7 CMI Qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership in addition to your MBA.
Essex Business School is currently in the process of applying for AMBA accreditation for the Essex MBA and whole school accreditation via AACSB.
Our world-class team are at the cutting-edge of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management.
We connect you with the latest developments in business practice by bringing in practitioners from leading companies to talk about contemporary business issues. Our advisory board is made up of experienced practitioners from industry, finance and the public sector, including HSBC, BT, Invesco and Rolls Royce.
The Essex MBA is taught at our Colchester Campus in the state-of-the-art Essex Business School building, the first zero-carbon business school in the UK.
You benefit from exceptional facilities, including:
-A beautiful winter garden, which gives the building its own micro-climate
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs to practice trading stocks and securities
-Light and spacious teaching areas
-Study pods and innovation booths for group working
-A café with an adjacent sun terrace
Our building is located on the University of Essex Knowledge Gateway, the location of choice for knowledge-based enterprises in science, technology and creative sectors in the eastern region. This can provide significant networking opportunities for students with businesses at the cutting-edge of their fields.
The Essex MBA is designed to foster the business leaders of the future, using their creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to solve the many challenges that the international business world continues to present. Studying with us is an excellent investment in your future career.
Our MBA students have gained posts in a range of businesses, including large corporations, and have used their qualification as the catalyst to start their own business.
Career support is given to you throughout your degree, but you can also gain advice from our Student Services Team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre.
In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).
Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
This course allows you to study United States politics at an advanced level in a department ranked top in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and with an extraordinary number of staff trained in the US. One of the few United States-focused courses in the UK, the course allows you gain in-depth knowledge of the workings of the US political system—what makes it unique, how it has evolved, and how it is changing. You receive a thorough training in the theories and methods needed to conduct your own research into United States politics – culminating in your dissertation on a topic that fascinates you and enhances your career. Your research skills will be in demand by a wide range of employers, including government, international organisations, policy analysis and market research. The course also prepares students for doctoral study.
The core module covers topics relating to the political institutions and policy-making in the United States including:
· The US Constitutional Design
· American Political Parties
· The American Electorate
· Congress and the Presidency
· Economic and Political Inequality
· Interest Groups
· Representation, Race and Gender
· Federalism and the Judiciary
In addition, the course includes modules covering theory and explanation in political science and advanced research methods. Optional modules include such topics as international relations, foreign policy and the politics of Western democracies.
Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious research and graduate training departments in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching and publication. We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began. Some of the biggest names in the field work at Essex, giving you unparalleled access to some of the best minds in politics and our academic staff work on topics ranging from political institutions, elections and international conflict and violence, to British and European elections. Our staff routinely advise governments, assist in training politicians and civil servants, and provide commentary on political events in national and international media.
Key academic staff for this course include:
Over half of our academic staff completed doctoral training in the United States and many of these staff have published, taught and/or provided expert commentary on topics relating to US politics, including Natasha Ezrow (PhD University of California Santa Barbara) and Gina YannitellReinhardt (PhD Washington University in St. Louis).