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University of Essex: The Essex MBA (Degree Apprenticeship)

Institution University of Essex View institution profile
Department Essex Business School
Telephone 01206 872719
Study type Taught


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.

Find out more about utilising your apprenticeship levy by visiting our Apprenticeship hub:


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)

The Essex MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) the only chartered professional body in the UK promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.

On successful completion you will receive a Level 7 CMI qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership alongside the Essex MBA.

A unique feature of the Essex MBA is our Director’s Workshops which are optional for part-time students. The sessions include: company visits, trips to business incubators and presentations from external speakers, as well as our specialist academics. You can select those which are most relevant to widen professional aspirations or simply focus on the taught modules.

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 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.


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