Colchester Institute

  • University

Sheepen Road , Sheepen Road , Colchester , Essex , CO3 3LL



At Colchester Institute we aim to provide all students with a high quality industry related learning experience. The College is very proud of its well established partnership with the University of Essex. The partnership means that while our students’ enjoy the highly vocational relevance of our programmes, many will also emerge with a qualification, in most cases a degree, awarded by the University of Essex.

The College provides a free gym and students on an Essex degree programme are also entitled to student rate membership at the University of Essex Sports Centre for recreational use. For those interested in art, the Hay Gallery at Colchester Institute and The Minories, located in the town centre, both display work by students and visiting artists. The Swinburne hall hosts an exciting programme of live professional and student performances throughout the year.

Colchester Institute is set within Britain’s oldest recorded town, a town that exudes history, modern culture and creativity. The thriving university town boasts a population of 160,000 and demonstrates a dynamic and exciting urban lifestyle. Colchester combines tranquillity and peace with the bustle and animation that goes with contemporary living. Studying at Colchester Institute means being only a ten minute walk away from the town centre. The town offers an abundance of shopping facilities, bars, clubs and restaurants.

Colchester Institute offers higher education programmes in:

Art and Design - Business and Management - Computing - Construction - Early years and Education - Engineering - Hospitality - Leisure, Health and Public Services - Music and Performing Arts.

About Us

We offer a range of programmes for those interested in studying a higher education qualification in business or management. The College provides students with high quality teaching, vocationally specific content, transferable employability skills and the opportunity to gain a highly recognised qualification for their chosen career sector.

The structure of courses, with excellent access to tutor support, ensures that students are fully supported throughout every stage of their studies. Excellent facilities for higher education study provide a great learning environment.

A team of dedicated lecturers, who work in a range of business sectors, are on hand to help students build their knowledge for their chosen pathway. Recent students have commented "The quality of lecturers and their past experiences are a real strength of the programmes."

Campus Information

Colchester Campus
The Colchester Campus is situated just outside Colchester’s old Roman walls; the town centre and the railway station are within walking distance.

Main Switchboard / Reception (01206) 712000
Facsimile (01206) 712800
Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL


"Colchester Institute specialises in the provision of vocational education and training opportunities for its customers. With well-equipped facilities in Colchester, Tendring and Braintree, the College offers a very wide range of subjects and courses.

Whether you’re contemplating a career in Business and Management, music and performing arts or construction, engineering or health and care, hospitality and food or business and management, these areas and many more can be found detailed on the Colchester Institute website.

Having decided what you would like to do with your own future, I hope you agree that studying at Colchester Institute could be an essential feature of your personal route to success."

Danny Clough BSc (Econ) MA FCMI MCIPR FRSA
Principal and Chief Executive


Masters Degree in Business Administration

Gaining an MBA is a widely recognised international qualification, which is well respected by employers who appreciate the size of the challenge in terms of both academic knowledge and the vocational application to modern business environments. The MBA programme comprises three stages, each of which carries a separate postgraduate award. Students usually study one stage per year, although different study options are available We are proud to say that we have a 100% achievement rate across our MBA programme.

Who is this course for?

Students joining the MBA (a validated University of Essex Masters Programme) in the main are in full-time work and come from a range of both the private and public sectors. Our flexible patterns of attendance help to ensure that time away from work are minimised. Organisations include the NHS, Chelmsford Borough Council, Carillion, BT, Terence Higgins Trust, Fläkt Woods, University of Essex, Ingleton Wood, Charles Derby UK Financial Advisors and BNP Paribas Bank. The course is for professionals who are keen to respond to the changing needs of their organisation and are dedicated to developing their personal skills and knowledge. The MBA will provide opportunities to network with other professionals and share expertise and experience of the business environment. Individuals will learn about contemporary business issues and how these can impact on their professional roles. 

Course structure

The course structure, study options and timetables are designed specifically to give part-time students the best possible combination of personal preferences, flexibility and support, recognising the ever-present demands of work and family commitments. The most common approach is to attend for an afternoon and evening on the same day for about 28 weeks a year. However, evening-only study, fast track and a blended approach are also available.
Please note that all modules are independent and the sequence is unimportant – students may commence their studies in either late September for Semester 1 or early February for Semester 2.

Career opportunities

The MBA will provide successful graduates with substantial benefits in terms of career progression and promotion within their organisation, plus versatility in terms of mastering new professional knowledge and cross functional working. On achievement of the MBA, those wishing to remain in education can progress onto a PhD programme.

Postgraduate Certificate in Management (MBA Year 1)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies is a widely recognised qualification that will enhance promotion and career opportunities in management. Successful completion of this MBA stage leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Management. The stage comprises four modules each worth 15 credits.

Semester 1 modules

Business Environment
This module focuses on four main themes: organisational theory and perspectives; the external business environment; tools and techniques needed to evaluate the likely impact of external influences on the organisation; and the legislative context of organisational and operational behaviour.

This module enables students to understand and assess the process of marketing management and how this fits into the organisation’s overall management and planning process. The emphasis will be on the role that marketing management can play in implementing and controlling the marketing mix processes.

Semester 2 modules

Financial Reporting
This module is designed to provide business managers with a thorough grounding in a variety of financial and management accounting techniques that they may encounter. Students will be introduced to financial statements and budgets.

Reflective Management and Leadership
This module is designed to encourage managers to become reflective practitioners and actively engage in personal and professional development planning. A range of managerial and leadership skills (underpinning the theory and practice of management) will be examined.

What our Graduates do

The majority of professionals completing the PGCIM go on to the second stage of the MBA, the Postgraduate Diploma in Management. In exception to this, graduates are likely to benefit through career progression within their organisation and gain versatility in terms of mastering new professional knowledge and by cross-functional working.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of two years’ employment in supervisory, management or professional posts. Applicants should possess a good Honours Degree or similar management qualification. Applicants with substantial management and professional experience, who lack academic qualification, may also be accepted.

Postgraduate Diploma in Management (MBA Year 2)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies is a widely recognised qualification that will further enhance promotion and career opportunities in management.
Successful completion of this MBA stage leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Management. The stage comprises four independent modules each worth 15 credits.

Semester 1 modules

Organisational Behaviour
Managers must plan for the future, but they regularly face the unexpected. The reality of management is that work organisations behave in a manner that is complex, changeable, political and difficult to control. This module will help learners to make sense of work organisations and help them manage salient aspects of organisational life.

Managing Information and Decision-Making
Managers need to make decisions at all levels within an organisation, from day-to-day operational decisions through to strategic decisions that influence the long-term success of the organisation. This module introduces decision theories and explores a range of techniques for collecting, analysing, interpreting and presenting information to provide a sound basis for decision-making.

Semester 2 modules

Project Management
Students will develop an understanding of the life cycle of projects and gain an ability to manage the stages within it – from definition, planning and scheduling; through budgeting, monitoring and control; to auditing and closure. Students will examine case studies of project management; learn relevant concepts, models and theories; and apply the knowledge they have gained to the management of a real-life project.

Strategic Management
This module examins how aspects of management (marketing, organisational behaviour, human resource management, finance, etc) relate to strategy. The module traces the development of strategic management through its key stages: developing a strategic vision and mission; carrying out competitive analyses; setting strategic objectives and selecting strategy options.

What our Graduates do

The majority of professionals completing the PGDIM go on to the final stage of the MBA. In exception to this, graduates are likely to benefit through career progression within their organisation and gain versatility in terms of mastering new professional knowledge and by cross-functional working.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of two years’ employment in supervisory, management or professional posts. Applicants must possess the PGCIM or similar management qualification.

Completion of MBA (MBA Year 3)

Successful completion of this final MBA stage comprises another 60 credits towards the final total of 180 credits that are required for the award of Master of Business Administration.


Research Methods
This module encourages students to develop a critical perspective on research methodology and confidence in the application of appropriate research methods. Students will engage in the practical activity of designing a research proposal. This module provides the requisite knowledge and skills to successfully plan and implement an independent research dissertation.

The dissertation is a major piece of independent work that effectively constitutes the culmination of a student’s MBA studies. The dissertation requires students to engage in rigorous research, information gathering and/or analytical investigation into a business issue, an organisational concern and/or a management activity.

Course progression

For many students the MBA provides their ultimate qualification. However, MBA graduates will be welcomed on professional courses in management, marketing, human resources and finance, they will also be eligible to apply for PhD study.

Sarah Warnes
01206 712262
Curriculum Manager HE Business and Management, Centre for Business Management and Computing.