Specialist Masters courses
A Masters course is an academically rigorous one-year programme during which
you explore your chosen subject area in greater depth, reaching a high level of
specialist knowledge in a short time. You draw on knowledge and skills from your
undergraduate study or professional life to produce work of a high academic
standard, informed by current thinking and debate in the subject area.
We offer courses on both our Colchester and Southend campuses, and have more
than 80 academic staff and almost 30 administrative and support staff. For
further information view our Masters
brochure (pdf 6.2KB) and below is our course listing.
The Essex MBA
Banking and Finance
Business and Entrepreneurship
Business and Entrepreneurship courses
These courses are taught at our
These courses are split between EBS and other departments, taught on our
Dual degrees with international partners
Dual degrees with international partners
We offer a dual degree MSc Business Strategies in a Global Environment
between ourselves and the Higher School of Economics (HSE), Perm (Russia).
The first term is taught at HSE Perm branch, and the second term is taught,
in autumn, at our
Southend campus. After which our students develop a
dissertation project under the joint supervision of academics from both HSE Perm
Our students studying this course work towards achieving two degrees, one
awarded by Essex and the other by HSE.
We are the largest School in the University of Essex with more than 1,750
students of which more than 350 are postgraduates. We are proud to be a
truly international business school with two-thirds of our students, and nearly
half our staff, coming from outside the UK.
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.
Academic entry requirements
We require you to have a 1st, 2:1 or high 2:2 from a UK bachelor degree or
equivalent. If you have studied in a country other than the UK please see
student entry requirement page for more details. Some of our degrees
require you to have studied specific subject areas in your bachelor degree. See
Masters brochure, page 39, for more information.
For more information about postgraduate study at the University of Essex,
Don't meet our academic entry requirements?
Pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas
If you are an EU or international student and do not meet our standard entry
requirements for our masters courses, the University of Essex
pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas for you to improve your academic and English
language level. Successful
completion of one of our pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas will guarantee
progression to an Essex Business School masters
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language, we ask you to provide evidence of your
abilty to understand and express yourself in English for academic purposes. If
your score is less than two years old in an internationally recognised test,
such as IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Academic, please supply a copy when making your
Our general IELTS requirements are 6.5 overall (5.5 in each component).
Our MSc Management, MSc International Management and MSc Marketing and Brand
Management requirements are 6.5 overall (6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each
component). The Essex MBA English language requirement is IELTS 6.5 (6.0
in each component).
We implement the following score equivalence:
Don't meet our English language entry requirements?
Pre-sessional English language programme
If you meet the academic level for your course but not the English language
requirements please see our pre-sessional
English language programme for details of how to raise your English language
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
For enquiries relating to the application process e-mail:
The University has created a
Reference Guide for all the funding options available to you.
There are a variety of scholarships available for postgraduate study.
For full information, please go to our
We have a long history of welcoming international students onto our courses
and the University of Essex has lots of
information available to
introduce you to studying at the University and in the UK. This resource
will provide you with all the information you need concerning visas, immigration
and any other pre-arrival support you may need.
As a newly registered international student, you will be offered additional
language support to help you complete your masters course.
Colchester based courses enquiries should be directed to Jeannette Marshall,
Postgraduate Administrator for Taught Courses e-mail:
Southend based coursee enquiries should be directed to Alex Nicholls,
Postgraduate Administrator e-mail: