University of Essex Business Management

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University of Essex Business Management

University of Essex Business Management

BSc Business Management

Course options2017-18

UCAS code: N200
Duration: 3 years
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £9,250
Fee (International): £13,350
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 873666

About the course

What makes an effective manager? How does management theory relate to practice?

On this course, you learn what’s involved in managing organisations in an increasingly complex world. We look at the enduring patterns in how people, groups, organisations, economies and societies function and interact. By understanding these behaviours, you can manage them effectively in times of significant change.

With BSc Business Management, you gain a rich understanding of how organisations operate – what they do, how they develop strategies and why.

Topics include:

  • management, innovation and new technologies
  • the international business environment
  • organisational behaviour
  • operations and supply chain management
  • leadership
  • human resource management

Your first year also introduces you to accounting, finance, marketing and economics to provide you with the essential business knowledge needed for a successful career.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation. This will give you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.

This course is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF, 2014).

We champion responsible management and ethical business practices; you join a school not just committed to excellence in business education and social science research, but an intellectual community working to make business better. We don’t just prepare you for a successful career; we’ll help you shape the kind of world you want to live in.

BSc Business Management can also be taken with an optional study abroad or placement year.

“I chose Essex Business School because of its reputation and choice of modules. I spent my third year on a placement with Samsung Electronics in the product management team. The experience has been invaluable and will put me in a better position when I graduate.”

Lauren Finbow, BSc Business Management (to be awarded 2017)

Study abroad

The four-year version of our BSc Business Management enables you to spend your third year studying abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course. You will not be charged tuition fees during your year abroad (2017 entry).

We give you the opportunity to study abroad with one of our exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.

By studying in another country, you can show future employers that you are outgoing, dedicated and flexible by taking the time to experience other cultures and languages.

Placement year

Alternatively, you may prefer to take on a placement during your third year to gain relevant work experience within an external organisation. A placement can provide you with valuable experience to add to your CV.

The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. You will not be charged tuition fees during your placement year (2017 entry). In recent years, our students have gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins.

Our expert staff

Our highly qualified and enthusiastic team blend strong academic backgrounds with industry experience. Our academics have a wide-range of research interests. Their teaching is informed by research to ensure your education is always up-to-date with the fast-changing world of business.

Our staff join us from all over the world and specialise in areas including:

  • historical aspects of management
  • issues of diversity, such as gender and ethnicity
  • cultural production

Specialist facilities

Our BSc Business Management is based at our Colchester Campus.

You experience the UK’s first zero carbon business school building. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate.

Our superb facilities and services include:

  • a state-of-the-art trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, giving you hands-on experience of dealing in stocks and securities
  • modern lecture theatres
  • study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • networking opportunities with visiting businesses
  • a café with an adjacent sun terrace
  • academic writing and study skills services

Our Colchester building is located on the University’s Knowledge Gateway, home to a cluster of innovative SMEs operating from our on-campus Parkside Office Village. As well as providing start-up space for student entrepreneurs, the Knowledge Gateway can provide valuable opportunities for business networking, placements and internships.

Your future

A degree from the University of Essex can help you to secure your dream job by providing you with the business skills employers are looking for; in 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers).

Our students progress to work in a range of sought-after careers, including financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy.

Our recent graduates are employed by high-profile companies including:

  • IBM
  • Deloitte
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • WeFarm, a social enterprise helping farmers out of poverty
  • Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency

Many have also started their own successful businesses. Recent examples include:

Whether you’re looking for a job or placement to combine with your studies, a voluntary position, or are seeking a graduate job, the University’s Employability and Careers Centre can help. Essex Business School also offers a range of employability support, including advice on securing placements and access to employer talks.

MSc Business Management

Why we’re great

  • Join a top 20 ranked business school (Chartered Association of Business Schools).
  • Develop a suite of practical management skills from leading data and business experts.
  • We’re just an hour from London, offering fantastic networking opportunities.

Course options2017-18

Duration: 1 year
Start month: October
Location: Southend Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £10,200
Fee (International): £15,950
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.e

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 872719

About the course

Do you want a fast-paced career in management? Are you looking for a business Masters to develop your operational management skills and strategic knowledge?

This is a broad business and applied management Masters degree, designed to give you the edge in applying for well-paid managerial positions. It is open to those without a degree in business, as well as those already in work, but without the necessary experience to undertake an MBA.

Our MSc Business Management (MBM) provides knowledge of the main functional areas within organisations, their structure and processes and the changing environments they operate in. We develop your quantitative skills in analysing financial data, so you can make informed decisions to solve complex business challenges.

You learn how to formulate strategies to meet performance objectives, as well as how to manage and allocate resources to sustain competitive advantage. You explore how to run business operations effectively in cross-cultural settings and explore the process of creating your own entrepreneurial venture.

Study areas may include:

  • strategic management and leadership
  • financial decision making for managers, including financial and management accounting
  • supply chain and operations management
  • international marketing
  • human resources management, organisational learning and collaboration
  • business research and consultancy
  • managerial economics
  • entrepreneurship

We help you to reach your leadership potential by developing your transferable employability skills in:

  • team work
  • negotiation
  • networking
  • problem solving
  • project management
  • critical thinking
  • communication, including engaging with different stakeholders

In the summer, you apply your business knowledge and strategic management skills to undertake a company-based research project or dissertation in an area of your choice.

This course can be studied on a full or part-time basis and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts, including those for students joining us from overseas. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

MSc Business Management (MBM) is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the UK’s top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools. We are in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and our students and staff join us from all over the world.

Our expert team of international academics specialise in:

  • management science and data analytics
  • leadership and strategy
  • international management
  • organisation studies

Many of our staff are members of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which helps organisations in the private and public sectors to use their data more effectively to improve business performance. You are taught by academics actively involved in researching big data and collaborating with businesses to solve real-world issues.

Specialist facilities

You study at our Southend Campus, in a region which is home to a large number of Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SME). These entrepreneurial organisations could potentially be used as case studies in your assessments, particularly your final business research project. London is an hour’s train journey from campus, offering potential networking opportunities, and London Southend Airport provides direct links to mainland Europe.

You have access to excellent facilities, including:

  • 24-hour computer suites and study pods
  • an extensive library
  • employability support, events and initiatives
  • study skills advice
  • GP, dental practice and multi-faith chaplaincy
  • our cosy SU Longue, with pool tables and large-screen TV

Unlike our Colchester Campus, Essex Business School in Southend is a town centre campus, so you are amongst the buzz of the High Street, with its excellent bars, shops and restaurants and employment opportunities.

The University of Essex provides initiatives, including those for international students, to help you perform to your best academic potential, such as free academic English classes.

Your future

Our MSc Business Management (MBM) equips you with essential analytic and problem solving skills so you can launch a successful career as a manager or consultant in the private or public sectors. You may also decide to follow in the footsteps of our successful student entrepreneurs and launch your own business.

We have a dedicated employability team within our department, in addition to the University of Essex Employability and Careers Centre.

In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE). Read our graduate profiles to find out the types of organisations our Masters students go on to work for.