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Colchester Campus
Saturday 21 June 2014 (booking now)
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University of Essex

Prospective postgraduate students

Specialist Masters courses

Essex Business School has a distinctive approach to the study of business and management subjects, as can be seen from the wide range of courses available and the social scientific focus of much of our work. We have a national and international reputation for theoretical and empirical research in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance and management.

Masters Brochure

Our Masters Brochure is available as a downloadable pdf document or can be viewed online below:

International Reputation

Our international reputation for research excellence is evidenced by members' publication output, esteem, and other scholarly indicators. In the 2008 RAE, Essex Business School was ranked 2nd overall in the UK in Accounting and Finance subject area. We achieved a 5 rating in the previous 2001 RAE. In 2008 the number of staff submitted to the RAE at 30.5ftes was nearly double the number of research active staff in 2001. This growth in staff has been accompanied by a shift of focus from primarily accounting-based research to a spread across the four fields of academic activity in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance and management.

Our students

There are currently around 300 students (both full-time and part-time) registered on our taught postgraduate courses at our two campuses in Colchester and Southend. All students receive instruction in research methodology and research methods, and take advanced modules in their area of specialisation. Those who successfully complete a taught Masters degree are encouraged to consider proceeding to a research degree in the School's thriving PhD programme. Download our Masters Brochure to see our full range of courses for 2014 entry.

We try to ensure that a postgraduate student's experience at the School is both academically successful and socially rewarding. Our students are, therefore, encouraged to actively participate in EBS Society as well as various the activities organised by the School and by the Employability and Careers Centre of the University.

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve an upper second class in your bachelor degree or equivalent.  If you have studied in a country other than the UK please see our international student entry requirement page for more details.  For newly registered international students, there is English language support available to you.

For more information about postgraduate study at the University of Essex, visit our online prospectus.

How to apply

To apply for our masters and MBA courses, complete our online application form. This will take about 20 minutes and you will be required to upload supporting documentation.


The University has created a Reference Guide for all the funding options available to prospective/current postgraduate students.


There are a variety of scholarships available for postgraduate study.  For full information, please go to our Scholarships page.

Want to know more?

For enquiries relating to the application process e-mail: ebsenq@essex.ac.uk

Colchester based courses enquiries should be directed to Jeannette Marshall, Postgraduate Administrator for Taught Courses e-mail: ebspgtad@essex.ac.uk

Southend based coursee enquiries should be directed to Alex Nicholls, Postgraduate Administrator e-mail: ebspgsce@essex.ac.uk