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M.B.A. Online

Master of Business Administration

University of Essex Online

24 months
7500 GBP/year
7500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Developed with the world-class team at Essex Business School, this MBA is one of the only wholly online MBAs accredited by AMBA. Less than 2% of business schools can boast this accolade for their MBA. This AMBA affiliation adds huge value to your MBA qualification.

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This 100% online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme is designed for individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit who not only want to progress their career, but also strive to harness the power of their business acumen to transform the world – bringing together enterprise, profit and sustainability.

Through studying this experiential programme, you will be at the forefront of responding to global business challenges with unconventional solutions. The Essex Online MBA focuses on innovative entrepreneurship and sustainable international business. Our students come from all walks of life and all professional backgrounds. Wherever you’re from and wherever you’re going, the Essex Online MBA will give you the tools you need to elevate yourself and advance your career.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) teaching methods

At the core of our MBA programme is experiential learning. Our interactive real-time synchronous attendance events offer a wealth of opportunities for students to collaborate, contribute, share and reflect upon experiences and insights drawn from the different industrial, geographical and cultural perspectives represented in the global MBA community.

We’re a 100% online education provider, so 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. Through the VLE you will have access to study resources 24/7, this includes:

  • Multimedia lecturecasts comprising 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
  • Seminars with your tutors
  • Interactive Director’s Workshops
  • A comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) assessment methods

All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres; instead, you will submit written assignments through the VLE. For the few courses where exams are required, we use a virtual system which allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

To successfully complete the online MBA, students are required to undertake 120 hours of live attendance. The live attendance sessions do not require physical attendance as they run 100% online.

We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for 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 Support team

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.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) career prospects

Our online MBA gives you the chance to improve your career and leadership potential with a mix of industry-specific and transferable workplace skills. An MBA qualification is a highly regarded qualification and an excellent investment in your future career. You will develop the essential business and management skills necessary to be able to manage and lead in the modern business world.


The Essex Online MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Less than 2% of business schools can boast this accolade for their MBA and the AMBA affiliation can add huge value to your MBA qualification.

Programme Structure

You can study the following modules on the Master of Business Administration (MBA):

  • MBA Synchronous Attendance*
  • Director’s Workshop*
  • Leading with Impact*
  • Strategy*
  • Sustainability and Operations*
  • Accounting and Finance*
  • Markets, Governance and Ethics*
  • Data and Analytics*
  • Strategic Marketing*
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for New Business Models*
  • The Management of Innovation and Organisational Change*
  • People and Organisations*
  • Business Planning*
  • MBA Project*
  • Strategic Online Marketing Management
  • International Business Environment

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

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

University of Essex Online have regular intakes throughout the year – apply now and you could start your course soon! 


180 alternative credits


  • Semi-structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our online Master of Business Administration (MBA), which consider academic or work-based experience.

English language requirement

Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

Work experience

Work experience entry route

For non-standard applicants (below 2.2 undergraduate degree or no undergraduate degree at all) we require at least five years of relevant managerial experience. You will be required to write a 2000 word essay outlining a range of business situations that you have experienced and what you have learnt from them.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    7500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

This fee excludes any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where applicable, the University is required to add the sales tax.


Our online MBA tuition fee includes all teaching materials and required reading, and there aren’t any hidden charges for assessments or resits. 

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Monthly payment plan available for those who are self-funding.
  • Full payment discount if you pay the full course fee upfront.
  • A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria.**

Please note that you can only apply for a maximum of two discounts or scholarships.

** To find out whether you’re eligible for our scholarships contact University of Essex Online’s Admissions team.

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