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Essex Online MBA

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Essex Online MBA

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Essex Online MBA

Are you ready for an online MBA that will harness your business acumen and develop your skills to lead and transform the world?

The Essex Online MBA programme, accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), will equip you with the knowledge and tools to think innovatively and critically. Our world-class MBA programme focuses on innovative entrepreneurship and sustainable international business, allowing our students to explore unconventional solutions to global business challenges.

Tailor-made for online delivery with the latest technology, our programme provides an interactive experience with fellow students and tutors through experiential learning. These real-time interactions allow you to contribute and reflect upon experiences drawn from different industries, geographies, and cultural perspectives as a global MBA community. Our subject tutors host regular live seminars and virtual office hours, allowing you to ask questions and discuss course content in depth.

A series of Director’s Workshops will be on offer throughout the MBA programme, bringing our entire MBA student population together with industry experts and speakers for a week of discussions and collaboration. This is a great opportunity for MBA students to make use of their work and industry knowledge and explore real-world business challenges from different viewpoints. 

Programme Excellence

  • Receive an accredited MBA from a top UK university: Our online MBA programme is one of the only 100% online MBAs accredited by AMBA, a highly prestigious accreditation that is widely recognised as the gold standard for MBAs.
  • Explore a broad range of topics, including an MBA project: Our courses cover topics from critical issues in leadership, international marketing strategy, essential components of entrepreneurship to accounting and finance techniques. Your studies culminate in the completion of an MBA Project on the business area of your choice.
  • Fit your MBA studies around you: Flexibility is built into our online MBA, allowing our students to combine studies with their work while maintaining an interactive experience.
  • Grow your professional network globally: When you graduate from the Essex Online MBA, you’ll join an extensive network of over 100,000 alumni around the world.


Course Structure

The Essex MBA is comprised of the following modules. Upon completion, the student will receive a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

  • MBA Synchronous Attendance (0 credit, 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 to achieve the award.


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Duration: 24 months^

^The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

Learning and Assessments

Teaching methods
As a 100% online education provider, we use a state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live seminars.

Assessment methods
All assessments are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centers. Instead, you will submit written assignments through the VLE; and for the few courses where exams are required, we use a virtual system that allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.
You are always aware of your current provisional grade which allows you to continually evaluate the success of your current study methods and identify areas to improve. We believe that this information helps you to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:


  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for the end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement
In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for the 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

English language requirements
As the programme is delivered in English, 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. We offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency if you don’t hand in an IELTS or equivalent qualification. 

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


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Fees and Funding

Full tuition fee: £13,500Δ

A university education is one of the biggest investments in yourself and your career. Our tuition fees are the same for all students (in the UK and international) and include all teaching materials and required reading – there aren't any hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also offer students a range of tuition fee discounts, scholarships, and payment options for our online courses:


  • Monthly payment plan available.
  • 5% discount if you pay the full course fee upfront.


10% discount for Kaplan HK Alumni

If you have completed a course in Kaplan Hong Kong campus, you are eligible to enjoy a 10% discount. (This offer is valid for 2021/22 academic year only)


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Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.



With quality assured and flexible programmes designed specifically for online delivery, the University of Essex Online is a top-notch establishment for global students who aspire to take the full higher education experience to the next level. 

University of Essex Online works in partnership with Kaplan Open Learning, an expert in online higher education learning, for a host of online Master's degree programmes. Since 2007, this collaboration has been jointly offering high-quality online undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with more than 3,000 online students having successfully graduated.

A gold rating 
A token of confidence as the highest quality online educational experience provided, the University of Essex Online has garnered a gold rating, the highest possible rating, in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). As the only exclusively online provider to receive this prestigious recognition, the University of Essex Online is fully committed to delivering world-class quality assured online programmes for aspiring students.

Road to success
You get to enjoy the benefits of online learning with high-quality teaching resources and dedicated support, to the same level you would expect from a campus institution. The University of Essex Online provides an engaging, interactive learning experience to all students, allowing 24/7 access to its cutting-edge personalised virtual learning platform. All online courses are designed for online teaching and delivered by leading authorities and experienced tutors in their respective fields.

Top-notch support
You will benefit from mentoring and academic support throughout your entire course, from enrolment to graduation, thanks to our dedicated Student Advisers and Study Skills specialists. In the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) in the UK that gives students the opportunity to share their views on their courses, institution, and overall experiences, University of Essex Online students rated the programmes 95% for overall satisfaction – the highest rating for any online-only provider.

Study online, graduate on campus
All University of Essex Online degrees are awarded by the University of Essex. You will be welcomed to their beautiful Colchester Campus for your graduation ceremony as well as joining the global alumni community to enjoy the unique ‘Essex’ spirit.