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What will I learn?

Successful completion of the course will provide graduates with knowledge of four main areas of management consultancy – how it functions, the key operators, the factors for success, and the management issues driving the industry.

The successful application of the various existing consulting tools and methods, both from an operational and strategic perspective, as well as the requisite skills to succeed within the profession.

In the summer term, students can complete a research project, or in a small number of cases, choose from a limited number of possible internships. With any possible internship opportunity, students may have to go through a competitive process, including potential interviews.

Acquisition of the techniques needed to solve problems and boost performance within businesses, as already applied by leading practitioners within the field.

How will I benefit?

The carefully-constructed curriculum aims to instil a varied and constructive approach to business problem-solving within students, making them highly sought-after for recruiters upon graduation.

  1. Wide-ranging course content, designed to train students in not only understanding management principles but also making their own diagnoses and applying strategy in light of their findings.
  2. The chance to apply knowledge is offered before completion of the course via a one-on-one consulting project conducted in tandem with a client company.
  3. Graduates of the course regularly secure managerial and consulting positions in highly-reputed companies such as Accenture, PwC, Deloitte, BearingPoint and IBM.

 

Curriculum

Whether taking the course on a full-time basis or part-time via classes during the working day, students must complete a blend of core and option modules (6 + 1), as well as a consulting project with a client company.

In the summer term, students can choose a research project or, in a small number of cases, from a limited number of possible internships. With any possible internship opportunity, students may have to go through a competitive process, including potential interviews.

In the last semester students will complete a general business management project focusing on areas such as strategy, marketing, operations, finance, and soft skills. It is designed to provide the students with the opportunity to engage in decision-making in relation to improving overall operational effectiveness of a company.

Semester 1Semester 2Summer Term

+ 1 option module

Note: option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.

The MSc in Management Consultancy focuses on the nature of the management consulting industry, and its value as an enabler of organisations. In particular, the course examines and develops the role of the management consultant, the nature of client-consultant interaction, and the specific techniques used in a consultancy project to ensure the delivery of a successful project outcome. By completing live consulting projects for clients, students learn about the reality of the management consulting process at first hand (Purpose).  

Embedded in the values of the programme are action learning enhanced by live business projects in all three semesters, combined with academic subjects relevant to consulting such as Organisational Behaviour, Change Management, Project Management and Strategy; and a balance of academic and practical teaching and learning strategies: lectures, case studies, guest speakers, project workshops, plus independent learning (education and subject/discipline/professional values).  

The programme involves participative, interactive classes combined with experiential and action-based learning that fosters the development of professional presentation, communication, proposal and report-writing, and interpersonal skills; and a focus on analysis, project management and relationship-building skills (the nature of the learning environment for students). Students will undertake group and individual assessments; critical thinking and reflection; autonomous student learning; opportunities to learn from peers; student presentations; thinking reflectively; and interaction with business clients (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

Programme Goal 1: Provide participants with an understanding of what management consultancy is and how it can benefit client organisations.

Programme Goal 2: Introduce participants to the tools and techniques used by management consultants.  

Programme Goal 3: Examine the research and investigative techniques used in the consulting process.  

Programme Goal 4: Help students to directly experience the issues relevant to the business environment.  

Explain and critically evaluate the role of management consultants in advising business and governments on achieving increased economic efficiency (PG1).

Assess the options available for management consultancy operations (PG1).  

Obtain practical experience in managing a consultancy assignment through the experience and learning gained during the project process (PG2).

Use the theory from all MSc subjects in a practical setting (PG2).  

Apply research and investigating techniques suitable to consulting situations (PG3).  

Provide students with a possible basis for dissertation research (PG3).  

Display the skills required to undertake management consulting projects (PG4).  

Develop time and project management skills, plus key interpersonal skills, including team management and client management (PG4).  

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