Duration: 24 Months

Price: £15,600

Study method: Part-time

Location: Online

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Qualification MBA Accredited by University of Essex


Developed in partnership with the world-class team at Essex Business School, this online MBA programme combines cutting-edge learning technology with teaching expertise from industry leaders. Ofqual regulated. Courses start in February and September.

Working alongside a diverse and professional cohort, students will study a broad range of business themes, management techniques and leadership qualities.

The programme encompasses a wide range of innovative modules covering a variety of industry-specific topics including entrepreneurship, managerial economics, business strategy, sustainable operations and many more.

Throughout these thought-provoking and challenging modules, students are given the opportunity to explore the impacts of internationalisation while also gaining the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces.

The programme also supports and develops the entrepreneurial spirit, allowing each student to build sustainable, resilient business models.

The teachers were absolutely amazing

Thomas Boryniec

Learn more, earn more

People who completed this course go on to earn 50% more* on average.

* Based on analysis of 20 million UK jobseekers



Course syllabus

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:
Business Planning (10 credits)
Business Research (10 credits)
Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
Managerial Finance and Accounting (10 credits)
Business Strategy (10 credits)
Marketing in a Global Economy (10 credits)
Sustainable Operations (10 credits)
International Business Environment (10 credits)
Managerial Economics (10 credits)
People and Organisations (10 credits)
Leadership and Business Performance (10 credits)
Strategic Online Marketing Management (10 credits)
MBA Project (60 credits)*

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

Entry requirements

1. 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 or a relevant professional qualification.
  • At least three years’ relevant, professional work experience.

If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree.

2. Open Entry Route
We recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of an applicant’s ability. Therefore, if you do not meet the minimum academic standards above, you may still be eligible to enrol via our Open 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.

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.

Teaching Methods and Style

The modules you choose to undertake online as part of this programme will utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

Assessment Criteria

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.

All of our courses have an indicative study duration 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.

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

Enhance your career

People who do this course go on to do the following roles:

Managing Director

£60,000 - £100,000+ per year

Project Manager

£35,000 - £60,000+ per year

Business Development Manager

£30,000 - £50,000+ per year

Top sectors which value this qualification:

IT & Internet Management Consultancy Sales Banking, Insurance, Finance Marketing Advertising

MBA is valued by these employers:

Lloyds Banking Group
Royal Bank of Scotland

Extra Info

21 - day money back guarantee:

If you enrol on our MBA programme but decide that online learning isn’t for you, we will allow you to withdraw within 21 days of the start date stated on your offer letter. If you have paid an initial deposit up front, you will receive a full refund.

Funding Available

Who runs this course

University of Essex Online courses are delivered by Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced online learning provider, part of Kaplan International Pathways. The University and Kaplan have developed their partnership since 2007 in order to offer high quality online courses.

Our Vision is to become a world leader in online learning, making higher education accessible to anyone with the potential and drive to succeed.

Our Mission is to transform lives and careers by delivering and expanding our suite of innovative, industry-led and career enhancing higher education programmes.

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