The Degree Apprenticeship Essex MBA harnesses the daring and experimental spirit of the University of Essex to produce innovative business leaders and pro-active managers. 


The Essex MBA Degree Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme targeted at managers and aspiring leaders where the apprentice’s role and their workplace set the context for learning. The course will give your talent the opportunity to significantly improve their interpersonal and functional business skills and make a real contribution in their workplace as they apply their learning. 

Your staff’s studies are funded by your apprenticeship levy, meaning there are no up-front costs for them. This ensures that you have the opportunity to use your apprenticeship levy to support the professional development of your best talent. 

You will need to agree to release your staff for regular teaching sessions over a period of two years. For the rest of the time, they are in work as normal. 


If you join us on the Degree Apprenticeship Essex MBA your studies are funded by your employer’s apprenticeship levy so there are no upfront costs to you. You’ll study part-time and will enjoy the flexibility to complete your Essex MBA alongside employment. Our MBAs are encouraged to utilise live work projects so that you see the benefits to your organisation almost immediately. 

Essex MBAs study a broad range of business topics and learn the fundamentals of management and leadership. We foster the experimental spirit of our students, so that you can build sustainable, resilient business models that make sense to shareholders and the environment. Our MBAs explore the impact of internationalisation on businesses, suppliers and customers and gain the skills to lead in increasingly demanding marketplaces. 

About The Essex MBA (Degree Apprenticeship) 

A unique feature of the Essex MBA is our Director’s Workshops. The sessions include: company visits, trips to business incubators and presentations from external speakers, as well as our specialist academics. 

Director’s Workshops have included sessions on personal branding, new business creation, business ethics, big data for small businesses and company visits to the likes of Adnams PLC, Cambridge Science Park and HSBC. 

The Degree Apprenticeship MBA programme begins with a week of activities where you have the opportunity to meet MBA students on all streams of the Essex MBA. You’ll immediately begin developing your networking, team work and adaptive thinking skills. 

The delivery of modules takes place at our Colchester campus and runs over five consecutive days for each module except for the Directors Workshops which are delivered over separately timetabled days. 

The Essex MBA concludes with an MBA project, where you can choose to complete a dissertation or comprehensive business plan that can be tailored to your organisation. 

Our MBA is taught at Essex Business School, which is placed in the top 20 Business Schools in the UK (CABS REF 2014). 

We offer a range of learning styles to fit around your professional commitments. As well as the Degree Apprenticeship MBA, we offer a part-time MBA, a year-long full-time MBA and an online MBA. 

Professional accreditation 

Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). 

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). 

The Essex MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) making Essex Business School among the top 2% of business schools in the world. AMBA describes its accreditation as the “gold standard” for management training around the world and is highly respected by managers and leaders globally. The AMBA affiliation can add huge value to your MBA qualification. 

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. The CMI is dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence and is the only awarding body able to award Chartered Manager status. 

Essex Business School is also in the process of applying for accreditation via Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

Why we’re great. 

  • Accredited by AMBA, making Essex Business School among the top 2% of business schools in the world 
  • You work on live projects so that your MBA benefits your business from day one 
  • Our condensed course structure means that you experience minimal impact on your work 

Study Details:

MBA 2 years part-time

Student Destinations

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. Find our more about our MBA Alumni.

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. You can also access employer talks on campus.

93% of our Essex Business School students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020).


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Entry Requirements

A minimum of three years, post-graduation work experience in a managerial position and a 2.2 Undergraduate Degree.

Applicants who possess extensive work experience, or have attained a professional qualification but not completed formal degrees will also be considered. Non-academic achievements are also taken into consideration.

You will be required to evidence GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in Mathematics and English before you complete your studies.

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