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This unique course prepares graduates for a career in IT consultancy, particularly in relation to small and medium enterprise (SME) clients. Read more
This unique course prepares graduates for a career in IT consultancy, particularly in relation to small and medium enterprise (SME) clients. It includes practical work experience in a real consultancy business, the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC).

The course may appeal to graduates seeking a career in consultancy, or to practising consultants wishing to round out their skills and achieve formal academic recognition. All taught Master's programmes at Canterbury are available with an optional industrial placement.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/265/it-consultancy

About the School of Computing

Our world-leading researchers, in key areas such as systems security, programming languages, communications, computational intelligence and memory management, and in interdisciplinary work with biosciences and psychology, earned us an outstanding result in the most recent national research assessment.

In addition, two of our staff have been honoured as Distinguished Scientists by the ACM and we have also held Royal Society Industrial Fellowships.

As an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, the School of Computing is a leader in computer science teaching. Two of our staff have received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. We are also home to two National Teaching Fellows, to authors of widely used textbooks and to award-winning teaching systems such as BlueJ.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

CB932 - Management of Operations (15 credits)
CO843 - Extended IT Consultancy Project (60 credits)
CO845 - New Enterprise Development (30 credits)
CO871 - Advanced Java for Programmers (15 credits)
CO881 - Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)
CO882 - Advanced Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)
CO874 - Networks and Network Security (15 credits)
CO876 - Computer Security (15 credits)
CO846 - Cloud Computing (15 credits)
CB937 - Financial and Management Accounting (15 credits)
CO887 - Web-Based Information Systems Development (15 credits)
CO889 - C++ Programming (15 credits)
CO894 - Development Frameworks (15 credits)
CO899 - System Security (15 credits)
CO892 - Advanced Network Security (15 credits)
CO834 - Trust, Security and Privacy Management (15 credits)
CO838 - Internet of Things and Mobile Devices (15 credits)
CO841 - Computing Law, Contracts and Professional Responsibility (15 credits)
CB934 - Strategy (15 credits)
CB904 - Structure and Organisation of the E-Commerce Enterprise (15 credits)
CB9067 - Digital Marketing (15 credits)
CO847 - Green Computing (15 credits)
CO886 - Software Engineering (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is through a mixture of written examinations and coursework, the relative weights of which vary according to the nature of the module. The final project is assessed by a dissertation, except for the MSc in IT Consultancy for which the practical consultancy work is assessed through a series of reports covering each of the projects undertaken.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- enhance the career prospects of graduates seeking employment in the computing/IT sector

- prepare you for research and/or professional practice at the forefront of the discipline

- develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of one or more areas of computing/IT and their applications (according to your degree title)

- develop a variety of advanced intellectual and transferable skills

- equip you with the lifelong learning skills necessary to keep abreast of future developments in the field.

Study support

We provide an extensive support framework for our research students and encourage involvement in the international research community.

While studying on a taught Master’s, you can gain work experience through our industrial placement scheme or with the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC), which provides a project-based consultancy service to businesses in the region.We have strong links with industry including Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle and are among the top ten in the UK for graduate employment prospects.

Postgraduate resources
The School of Computing has a large range of equipment providing both UNIX (TM) and PCbased systems and a cluster facility consisting of 30 Linux-based PCs for parallel computation. New resources include a multi-core enterprise server with 128 hardware threads and a virtual machine server that supports computer security experiments.

All students benefit from a well-stocked library, giving access to e-books and online journals as well as books, and a high bandwidth internet gateway. The School and its research groups hold a series of regular seminars presented by staff as well as by visiting speakers and our students are welcome to attend.

Our taught postgraduate students enjoy a high level of access to academic staff and have their own dedicated laboratory and study room. Students whose course includes an industrial placement are supported by a dedicated team which helps them gain a suitable position and provides support throughout the placement.

Our full-time research students are offered funds for academic conference travel, to assist in publishing papers and getting involved in the international community. You have your own desk and PC/laptop in a research office, which is shared by other research students. We also provide substantial support, principally via one-to-one supervision of research students and well-integrated, active research groups, where you have the opportunity to test and discuss your ideas in a friendly environment. You also go on an activity weekend at an outward-bound centre in the Kent countryside, where you will take part in team-building exercises designed to help you learn how to communicate effectively and work together to solve work-based problems.

Dynamic publishing culture
Staff and research students publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Journal of Artificial Evolution and Applications; International Journal of Computer and Telecommunications Networking; Journal of Visual Languages and Computing; Journal in Computer Virology.

Links with industry
Strong links with industry underpin all our work, notably with Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, Agilent Technologies, Erlang Solutions, Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Ericsson and Nexor.

The Kent IT Consultancy
The Kent IT Consultancy provides School of Computing students with consultancy experience while studying. KITC provides a project-based consulting service to small businesses in Kent. Its wide variety of services range from e-commerce solutions and network support contracts to substantial software development projects.

Global Skills Award
All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme (http://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills/programmes/gsa.html). The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.

Careers

Students can gain practical work experience as part of their degree through our industrial placements scheme and KITC (see above). Both of these opportunities consolidate academic skills with real world experience, giving our graduates a significant advantage in the jobs market. Our graduates go on to work for leading companies including Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Intel, Lilly, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Thomson Reuters and T-Mobile. Many have gone on to develop their careers as project leaders and managers.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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The course has been developed to enable you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas. i) Business Analytical Methods and Information Technology. Read more
The course has been developed to enable you to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas:
i) Business Analytical Methods and Information Technology
ii) Business Problem Structuring and Solving
iii) Consultancy Skills in the Business Environment

These themes are explored through modules in Business Analytics, Computer Simulation, Creative Problem Solving, Consultancy Skills and Business Statistics. The course also includes a project based module where you will solve a problem for a client using the knowledge and skills acquired during your study. There is then a further applied consultancy project, which allows you to independently research, investigate and analyse a current business problem.

About the course

The course focuses on:
-Computational, mathematical, philosophical and management science approaches to business analysis
-Developing problem solving skills
-Enhancing your ability to use business software and other information technology
-Encouraging independent and creative thinking
-Effective communication in all formats appropriate to a business environment

Why choose this course?

This Master's in Business Analysis and Consultancy aims to provide you with the analytical knowledge and skills required to be a successful consultant in the modern business environment.

Three key reasons to study Business Analysis and Consultancy at the Hertfordshire Business School:
-It is a hands-on, practical programme
-It is client-facing so it counts as work experience
-It is a unique programme, informed by the latest research and consultancy in the area

You will gain experience of applying these skills to real consultancy (working with a local organisation) in the complex context in which organisations operate. You will also experience a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods, which will enable you to gain - and be confident in - the skills of modelling, analysis and consulting. All this should directly improve your employment prospects.

The programme is delivered by the Business Analysis and Statistics (BAS) group at Hertfordshire Business School. The BAS group is very strong in the areas of Business Analytics and Consultancy, and its members have diverse experience and expertise in mathematical, computational and philosophical methods of analysis. The group is home to the Statistical Services and Consultancy Unit which does commercial consultancy carried out by members of the group. The course is informed by the cutting edge research undertaken by members of the group.

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This new, innovative course has been designed with a focus on management consulting across the board, enabling you to examine and place contemporary project and change issues in a local, national and global practice-based environment. Read more
This new, innovative course has been designed with a focus on management consulting across the board, enabling you to examine and place contemporary project and change issues in a local, national and global practice-based environment.

Designed in consultation with students, employers and the Institute of Consulting, you will be given extensive knowledge of the management consultancy industry, in order for you to gain an appreciation of the latest techniques and research. You’ll be exposed to modern consulting techniques and methodologies, developing a range of transferable skills, as well as valuable industry contacts and experience.

What's covered in the course?

Through a programme of academic and practical study, the course provides you with knowledge of the key theories, tools and practices used in management consultancy. You’ll focus on developing professional consultancy skills and competencies using a combination of internship opportunities, simulations, business games and live case studies.

Birmingham City Business School boasts established relationships with a number of high-profile corporate organisations, as well as small to medium size enterprises (SMEs). Being based in the heart of the city provides excellent networking and business connections across the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Why Choose Us?

-The course is an opportunity to complete your studies in the new modern purpose built Birmingham City Centre campus.
-This new programme provides an ideal gateway into a career in management consultancy and related fields.
-You will work on live projects from companies and with organisations, as both a member of a consultancy team and as an independent consultant.
-Projects will be local, national and international to give you the widest experience possible of the differing demands of management consultancy.

Course Structure

In order for graduates of the programme to evidence the acquisition of the desired holistic skill sets, it has been designed in consultation with employers to incorporate a number of assessment types including; examination, video presentation, report writing, online international learning and internship projects.

This course is entirely coursework based. This allows you the opportunity to go in-depth with all of your assessed work, meaning you can progress at a pace that suits you. No matter what the topic, you will be able to have enough time to research, comprehend and report on it to the best of your abilities.

Employability

To support your employability aims, the MSc Management Consultancy programme places a key emphasis on practice-based learning and research. You will also have the opportunity to attend Management Consultancy career workshops, which will provide valuable advice on networking, CVs, covering letters and interviews. As a University, we also boast a dedicated student support careers service department.

With Birmingham City University being based in the heart of the city, the location also provides excellent networking and business connections across private, public and the non-profit sectors. During your course, you will have access to cutting-edge research, be in touch with emerging trends, and interact with and influence key business decision makers during events, lectures and workshops.

You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an internship and deliver your own consultancy project, in order to practice a range of consultancy skills, from initial project conception through to presenting solutions to your client.

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The Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised Master's degree in business administration and management. Read more

The Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised Master's degree in business administration and management.

This Master's aims to develop the business leaders of the future. It approaches responsible leadership thematically from the starting points of creativity, practicality and social resourcefulness, and focuses strongly on the personal development of participants, including their career management.

The MBA focuses on the integrative disciplines of business strategy and the management of change, leading to a real-world consultancy project and an individual business research project. 

Specialist MBA awards

The Greenwich MBA can be tailored to four specialist sectors: financial services (including banking and insurance); public services (including health, local government and emergency services); social enterprise; and maritime. 

On successful completion of this programme, you will graduate with one of the following:

  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Financial Services)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Public Services)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Social Enterprise)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (Maritime Management).

Flexible learning

Our part-time by supported open learning programme is primarily aimed at individuals who are working full-time and need to balance study with work and home commitments. 

It employs supported open learning, a flexible learning model which uses a mixture of different methods of study. It is open to home students (UK and EU), who are required to study approximately 12 hours a week over slightly under three years. 

The full-time mode of study is open to UK, EU and international students and is completed at the Greenwich Campus over a 12 month period. 

Home students wishing to undertake study leading to PGDip Management (previously called a DMS) should apply for the Executive MBA (by supported open learning) and request an exit award after 120 credits.

Rankings

Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.

We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.

Outcomes

This degree aims to:

  • Develop your critical awareness of current issues in business and systematic understanding of organisations, their place in the business world and how they are managed
  • Provide you with critical awareness of current issues in business and management that is informed by leading-edge research and practice in the field
  • Improve your ability to acquire and analyse data and information to evaluate their relevance and validity, and to synthesise a range of information in the context of new situations
  • Develop your ability to apply relevant knowledge to a range of complex situations, taking account of how this relates to other areas of the business or organisation.

What you'll study

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Distance learning

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

For more information on the assessment, personal recognition, careers oppportunities, employability prospects and extracurricular activites available, see our website.



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If you plan to start your own business, work for a start-up or develop a career as a consultant to growing businesses, then you should seriously consider our new Master’s programme. Read more

A new type of Master’s Degree for Entrepreneurial Graduates

If you plan to start your own business, work for a start-up or develop a career as a consultant to growing businesses, then you should seriously consider our new Master’s programme. This innovative one-year MSc in Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice (MECP) has been designed, with support from KPMG Enterprise, to develop your entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and behaviour. This will be achieved by providing opportunities for you to combine theoretical studies in entrepreneurship and business and with real work experience as junior business consultants.

You will be working with a range of entrepreneurs, helping them to develop and grow their innovative businesses by identifying, researching and resolving the problems faced by most start-up businesses as they grow.

As you will be representing the University of Buckingham and KPMG Enterprise in your external work, you will spend your first term developing your entrepreneurship and business knowledge and learning how to work as a member of a consultancy team. In your second term you will work on two consultancy projects. This will be followed by two more complex projects in your third term. During your final term you and your team must complete a major consultancy project for a larger growth business.

You will also be given a chance to develop your own business ideas, working in teams during the first term, and at the end of the term you will ‘pitch’ the idea you have developed to our ‘Buckingham Angels’ venture capital panel.

Why study at the University of Buckingham?

The University of Buckingham is the Times University of the Year for Teaching Excellence 2015/16 and also the UK’s only campus-based independent university. It has been operating successfully for nearly 40 years without any Government funding by being innovative and entrepreneurial.

Programme overview

Over the course of the programme you must complete 5 business consultancy projects, in teams of up to 3 people. The aim of each project will be to advise SME management about the best ways to develop and grow their businesses. This will involve you working with the owners and managers of a diverse range of SMEs and tackling business problems of varying complexity that are preventing growth.

Modules

Prior to starting any consultancy projects you will take two introductory modules in the first term, ‘Overview of Business Functions’ and ‘Consulting for Level 1 Projects’, to ensure that you are well prepared for your initial consultancy projects.

To prepare you for increasingly difficult projects, you will be taught two additional modules (‘Consulting for Levels 2 and 3 Projects’) in each of the following two terms and these will further develop your skills and knowledge.

Support from KPMG Enterprise

To ensure that you will be well prepared for your roles as junior business consultants, KPMG Enterprise has agreed to:

- Facilitate a number of classroom-based sessions as part of the four training modules, including a session explaining to you how you would be expected to ‘behave / act’ in a place of work, in particular in a scenario where you may be seconded to work for a client.
- Use their existing network locally to recommend to the University possible companies for the Business School to contact about offering appropriate consultancy / intern roles for MECP postgraduates.
- Provide a mentor role to MECP teams undertaking business consultancy projects.

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There is a growing need for environmental specialists with specific consultancy skills, who are increasingly being asked to provide consultant support to a shrinking public sector. Read more

There is a growing need for environmental specialists with specific consultancy skills, who are increasingly being asked to provide consultant support to a shrinking public sector.

Who is it for?

The course focuses on offering the vital skills for success as an environmental consultant to students who have already completed courses in specialist subjects. It is also relevant to those already working in consultancy who wish to move from junior to senior consultancy roles.

Why this course?

The emphasis is on providing students with the skills to undertake research and develop professional careers in a wide range of subjects related to the field of environmental studies; water, energy and environment.

Course details

The course is designed around a scenario, e.g. a planning inquiry, select committee investigation or judicial review concerning a development or concern which requires specialist input. Each student will be required to investigate the issue/development and then provide written and verbal evidence to a ‘mock’ planning inquiry/select committee/judicial review as an expert witness. 

Assessment

There will be one assignment for the course – the provision of written and verbal evidence given at a mock examination in public.

Funding Opportunities

To help students in finding and securing appropriate funding we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

Future Finance loan Cranfield University has partnered with Future Finance as an alternative source of funding for our students.

Your career

By providing the essentials of environmental consultancy as a new PgCert, this course aims to develop underpinning skills vital to consultancy practice. There is a growing need for consultants with in-depth, specialist domain skills rather than those with generalist environmental consultancy ability.



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City’s MSc Health management provides business skills for managers and leaders in healthcare, pharma, and management consultancy; this course has an international and cross-sector outlook. Read more
City’s MSc Health management provides business skills for managers and leaders in healthcare, pharma, and management consultancy; this course has an international and cross-sector outlook.

Who is it for?

The course is for high potential managers for international business and leadership roles. It is for those with a hands-on approach, wanting to learn intensively and gain global perspectives, and cross-sector knowledge. The client-facing side of the programme is particularly relevant for those wanting to engage with real business challenges, influence career direction and boost their management profile.

Objectives

The MSc in Health Management provides strategic insights and business skills for those working across the worldwide health sector. The focus is on innovation and implementation with client-facing learning emphasising forward thinking.

Learning on the course is interactive, developing student’s business awareness, leadership and management capabilities; skills in project management and working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Throughout the course students engage in client-facing activities applying taught health management skills in management consultancy, internships, technology transfer and commercialisation projects.

Practical and relevant industry discussions are born from an international student body, working across different management and professional backgrounds, alongside speakers from the professional and scientific communities who promote practical industry relevant discussion and insights.

The course aims to enable students to engage in cross-sector and multi-disciplinary working, improve their team working abilities and client facing skills to achieve careers at the highest level within the international health sector.

Placements

The MSc Health Management includes placements, projects, and internship opportunities.

Health management consultancy is a placement that is part of the academic requirement of the course. Consultancies address a wide range of issues: strategy development, operational efficiency, new technologies and business start-ups. Consultancy teams are directed by the client, and facilitated and supported by the MHM academic team.

Technology transfer and marketisation projects provide opportunities for training and mentoring in commercialisation, on-the-job learning in multi-disciplinary teams and in some cases the opportunity to join a start-up management team.

Internship opportunities are available through the MHM Intern Development Programme. This offers opportunities with some of the most influential healthcare organisations in London. Internships are three-month periods of work experience, and opportunities to leverage career experience and direction. These are in the winter and spring semesters, as the health management consultancy placement is completed in the summer semester.

Academic facilities

The MSc Health Management is based in City’s Franklin Building close to the City of London, the School of Health Sciences, and Cass Business School.

As an international city and global health centre, London is an outstanding location for health management studies. Major international corporations are headquartered in London, as well as healthcare think tanks, and policy institutes. It is the centre of the national health service (NHS) for England, and the largest strategic health authority in the United Kingdom. This reflects in the range of placements, projects, and internships available on the course.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is provided by leading academics in the fields of business and the health care sector as well as respected guest speakers from the health industry and scientific community who join us to share experiences, and insights on future trends across the health sector.

Course delivery is approximately:
-30% Lectures by health management team
-30% Speakers from health industries and scientific communities
-40% Interactive learning in teams

The assessment strategy reflects the management task, with a wide range of assessments allowing flexibility to tailor business knowledge to career needs. Collaborative group assessments emphasise communication and influencing skills as well as providing opportunities to address larger inter-connected challenges. Written assignments emphasise the principles of management and the core business functions and develop skills in organisation analysis and preparing business reports. Exams focus on specific applied skill sets for managers and leaders.

The health management consultancy project embodies the client-facing emphasis of the course, and the approach to assessment.
-54% Coursework
-29% Projects
-17% Exams

Modules

The MSc Health Management comprises seven modules and a 12-15,000 word health sector dissertation.

The emphasis is on practical and applied business skills, looking across the health sector. The outlook is international. From health services to pharma, to management consultancy, the course develops a wide range of industry relevant business skills.

There are opportunities to participate in technology transfer and commercialisation projects. A health management consultancy project applies MHM skills in a client-facing project. The Intern Development Programme offers further opportunities to apply learning.

Core modules
-Strategic Management in Healthcare
-Health Innovation and Change
-Management and Leadership in Healthcare
-Finance and Enterprise Performance
-Economic Evaluation and Pharma
-Health Management Consultancy
-Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis

Career prospects

Management is a top Masters degree for earnings potential (Forbes 2015). With global health expenditure expected to increase to US$ 18 trillion (Lancet 2016), an MSc combining business skills with health sector application conveys exceptional career prospects,

Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies value skills in strategy, innovation and change leadership, management consultancy, and economic evaluation. The average salary of MHM graduates is £50,000.

Graduates from the MSc Health Management have gone on to work in all areas of healthcare, pharma, management consultancy and at companies including:
-Almirall
-Best Doctors
-Bombay Hospital & Medical Research Centre
-Capita Consulting
-First Prime Co., Ltd
-Fairview Hospital Zambia
-Golin London
-JDX Consulting
-Health Designs
-Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation
-IMS Health
-Lundbeck
-Medpace
-Mullen Lowe Lintas Group
-National Medical Care Co
-Orica
-Symmetron
-Texas Children’s Hospital
-The Royal Melbourne Hospital

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This Masters degree gives you extensive knowledge of the management consultancy industry and an appreciation of the latest challenges. Read more

This Masters degree gives you extensive knowledge of the management consultancy industry and an appreciation of the latest challenges. You’ll gain understanding of consulting techniques and methodologies, develop a range of transferable skills and acquire useful industry contacts and experience.

Through a balanced programme of academic and practical study, the course provides you with knowledge of the key theories, debates and practices used in management consultancy. You’ll focus on developing professional consultancy skills and competencies using a combination of simulations, business games and live case studies.

Thanks to our connections with top companies worldwide, you’ll be able to access emerging trends and interact with business leaders during guest lectures and workshops. You’ll also have the opportunity to deliver your own consultancy project and practice a range of consultancy skills, from bidding and scope negotiation to the final presentation and report.

Academic excellence

Professors and lecturers on this Masters course are involved in leading research in the areas of employment relations, human resource management and organisational change. As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research centre, the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC).

Our academics are involved in projects examining major societal issues, informing policy makers and government circles in the UK and overseas.

Course content

Throughout the course, core modules will ensure you develop a fundamental understanding of the different areas of business consulting. You’ll critically examine the key theories and facts that underpin current consultancy practice, as well as the latest issues and trends faced by firms worldwide.

Alongside this you’ll be introduced to the management consulting process, including the consultancy life cycle and the practical skills needed for successful consulting.

You’ll also be able to choose from a range of optional modules that help you underpin this understanding with knowledge in related areas of management, such as managing change, human resource management and information tools for organisations. These areas will complement your development of core consultancy skills.

The course culminates in a data-driven consultancy project, during which you’ll undertake applied fieldwork within an organisation. This provides a live opportunity to learn about the practicalities of consultancy work, including ethical and professional skills.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take five compulsory modules including the Management Consulting Project.

  • Evidence Based Consultancy 15 credits
  • Management Consulting: Facts, Theories and Issues 30 credits
  • Management Consulting: The Consulting Life Cycle 30 credits
  • Research Methods and Practice for Consultants 15 credits
  • Management Consulting Project 45 credits

Optional modules

You'll also choose either two or three optional modules, depending on credits.

  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Human Resource Management: An International Perspective 15 credits
  • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
  • Training and Development 30 credits
  • International Employment Policy and Labour Mobility 30 credits
  • Diversity Management 30 credits
  • People Analytics: Strategy and Practice 30 credits
  • Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective 30 credits
  • Internal Communications and Change Management 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Management Consulting MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials. You’ll also have chances to enhance your learning through discussions with guest speakers.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

This course gives you the relevant skills and experience to pursue a career in management consulting in the UK and worldwide.

This qualification will also be highly valuable for those interested in pursuing management roles in the public, private and third sectors, where there is a need for managers to have regular contact with consultants.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our Professional Development Tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support

The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers Centre website.



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Our Ecological Consultancy MSc gives you knowledge, specialised technical skills and professional awareness. It will prepare you for a career as an ecological consultant or in other environmental roles. Read more
Our Ecological Consultancy MSc gives you knowledge, specialised technical skills and professional awareness. It will prepare you for a career as an ecological consultant or in other environmental roles. The course has a professional focus, preparing you for the workplace.

We equip you with key skills which will enable you to pursue careers in ecology, including:
-Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing
-Experimental and survey design
-Wildlife surveying
-Wildlife legislation and natural history
-Environmental Impact Assessment

Graduates of this course have an excellent track record of gaining employment in the environmental sector. Within one year of graduation 18 of the 19 students from the 2011-12 cohort were employed, most in the environmental sector and the majority with ecological consultancy companies.

Examples of recent graduate destinations include students now working in ecological jobs for:
-Wardell-Armstrong
-Mott MacDonald
-BSG Ecology
-E3 Ecology

We provide a link to cutting-edge research that feeds into ecological consultancy, e.g.:
-Research projects on black grouse and wind farms. Paper in review with the Journal of Applied Ecology
-Noise and bird behaviour. Paper in revision in PLOS ONE
-Contracts for the Scottish Bird Wind Farm Steering Group. The class of 2013-14 helped collect data for one of these contracts. They were authors on the paper which is being written up on the data they collected.

Placements

Each Ecological Consultancy project runs in conjunction with an industrial client. These tend to be consultancies or NGOs, e.g.:
-E3 Ecology
-BSG Ecology
-Baker Consultants
-Denny Ecology
-Mott MacDonald
-RSPB
-Natural England
-IUCN
-Northumberland Natural History Society
-Durham Wildlife Trust

Ecological consultants contribute to the course via informal talks. For example, E3 Ecology run a workshop in induction week where company directors discuss how to get into the industry.

Practitioners with extensive UK wildlife legislation and wildlife management experience teach on some modules.

Accreditation

We are in the process of applying for accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

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Our International Marine Environmental Consultancy course meets the growing demand for marine consultants and coastal managers in UK, European and international business. Read more
Our International Marine Environmental Consultancy course meets the growing demand for marine consultants and coastal managers in UK, European and international business. You draw on key skills in industry-specific modules, learn to develop the commercial value of your knowledge and enhance your career prospects by working with industry partners on your final project.

The course brings together core ecological skills with the business elements required to compete in this growing sector. Expert academic staff maintain an extensive network of contacts. A four month consultancy project provides opportunities for developing a proposal to collaborate with a world-leading marine consultancy.

This interdisciplinary course attracts a wide range of honours graduates. Your background skills may come from geography, the law and politics as well as marine biology and the environmental sciences. An interest in the marine environment and its management, and a professional, committed attitude are essential.

You will do a research project in one of the areas of the Marine Biology, Ecosystems and Governance (MBEG) research group and key consultancies operating across these areas:
-Structural and functional integrity of ecosystems
-Biological and socio-economic drivers of ecosystem change
-Governance and management of resource use

Opportunities in other marine science research groups may exist:
-Marine Resources and Renewable Energy (MRRE):
-Antifouling and ballast water treatment
-Bacterial bioactive products
-Bioenergy

Oceans and Climate focuses on the production, consumption and air-sea exchange of greenhouse gases.

The marine science research groups form part of extensive national and international networks. Recent partnerships and collaborations include:
-The Environment Agency
-Natural England
-Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
-University of the West Indies (Barbados)
-National Oceanographic Centre Southampton (NOCS)
-University of Costa Rica
-North Sea Regional Advisory Council
-Haribon Foundation

You have the support of a marine science research community including 30 research students, six-10 post-doctoral scientists, six technicians and 13 full-time academic staff. This provides you with abundant opportunities to progress your scientific career, whether in industry or academia. Students have been successful at finding employment in industry, academia, government agencies and non-governmental organisations. You will also train to produce final projects of publishable quality.

Delivery

Modules are block taught, with intensive teaching weeks and weeks of private study. Each semester is 60 credits (in full-time mode). The intensive teaching weeks run Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm.

Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions (in computer labs, on boats and shores) and personal supervision. Projects may be analytical, experimental, or field based, designed to give you the skills you need for future research.

The course finishes with a four month project. This is delivered in conjunction with consultancy partners in the UK or overseas.

Modules are delivered on the University's main campus but the Dove Marine Laboratory and the RV Princess Royal are also used as teaching venues.

Accreditation

Our course is accredited by Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

Our accreditation gives you an additional benchmark of quality to your degree, making you more attractive to graduate employers.

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This Master's degree focuses on Human Resource Development (HRD) and Consultancy. It takes a strategic approach to people management and organisational development, designed to enhance learning, skills, personal development and performance in the workplace, as well as a range of other topical issues. Read more
This Master's degree focuses on Human Resource Development (HRD) and Consultancy. It takes a strategic approach to people management and organisational development, designed to enhance learning, skills, personal development and performance in the workplace, as well as a range of other topical issues.

The programme is intellectually challenging. It integrates learning on training, organisational development, lifelong learning principles and consultancy practice, as well as offering a systematic approach to the design, management and evaluation of programmes to improve personal effectiveness and organisational performance. A substantial aspect of the programme is a management research project which combines the academic rigour of more traditional research dissertations with focus on activities which make a difference to practice in organisations. All modules taught on this programme place emphasis on bridging cutting-edge academic thinking with direct application to practice. The programme is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and students who successfully complete the programme are eligible for membership of this thought-leading professional association.

All modules integrate academic perspectives with practice-based approaches to HRD and considerable emphasis is placed on developing the knowledge and skills required in more senior HRD roles. You will gain an understanding of relevant organisational, psychological and management theory, whilst examining contemporary developments within the HRD field. Dedicated sessions will also equip you with skills in consultancy framework and paradigms, including practical methods for applying these. There is a particular focus on ensuring you are aware of the importance of acting ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity, and appreciate the importance of continuous personal and professional development.

You need to be aware that successful completion of the programme is contingent on a good attendance record and in particular practical engagement in the weekend workshops; dates are published in advance of programme commencement. This is necessary to embed the relevant learning, and also to gain CIPD membership.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Integrates academic perspectives with a consultancy and practice-based approach to human resource development.
Suitable for graduates, experienced organisational development and HR practitioners.
Flexible and intensive course that provides opportunities to focus on your particular needs and interests.
Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Birkbeck provides a diverse range of library and learning resources designed to facilitate your studies and research. Programme- and module-specific materials are also made available to support your learning.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

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This is currently the only course in the world that offers you training in environmental water management with a specific focus on consultancy. Read more

This is currently the only course in the world that offers you training in environmental water management with a specific focus on consultancy. Building on the University’s world-class reputation for water-related research, it delivers highly practical business-focused training to prepare graduates for a role in water consultancy. Be taught by practicing consultants and lecturers, developing the relevant skills that meet industry demand.

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Taught by practising consultants and lecturers, the programme offers:

  • understanding of the policy underpinning environmental water management.
  • detailed knowledge and investigation of hydrological processes.
  • skills in interpreting client needs and formulating a contract for the project delivery of consultancy work.
  • skills in managing a consultancy project from inception to completion.

Your dissertation allows you to undertake a more research-focused project. In your final semester, you'll choose from a variety of modules, including a work-based project, which gives an insight into how businesses operate and enables you to apply your project management knowledge.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate levels.

We offer some of the modules on this programme as standalone Continuing Professional Development modules.



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This unique and innovative programme blends management consultancy theory and practice from the viewpoint of organisational and strategic change. Read more
This unique and innovative programme blends management consultancy theory and practice from the viewpoint of organisational and strategic change. It offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and capabilities to operate as a successful consultant.

The programme is designed from the perspective of practising consultants and provides a unique combination of the latest theoretical thinking on strategic management with practical insights into successful organisational change. You will learn to apply the tools and techniques used by some of the most successful management consultancies.

The programme will enable you to put your knowledge, strategic thinking and imagination to work with other talented people in a supportive academic environment that encourages teamwork and active engagement in the learning process.

This programme will be beneficial to: experienced consultants and change professionals who want to broaden their knowledge and experience in an academic setting; those starting out on a consulting career who wish to acquire new knowledge and develop their own consulting style; and professionals, industry experts or executives in the private or public sector who want to transition into consulting or acquire consultancy skills and knowledge to enhance their current role and performance.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Management consulting is one of the fastest-growing professions, and consulting skills and expertise are in demand across a wide range of industries and organisations.
This flexible, innovative and intellectually challenging programme provides you with an opportunity to develop an understanding of management consultancy theory and practice from the perspective of organisational and strategic change.
Birkbeck provides a diverse range of library and learning resources designed to facilitate your studies and research.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? This two-year course with study abroad develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in logistics and supply chain management (LSCM). Read more
Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? This two-year course with study abroad develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in logistics and supply chain management (LSCM). This has been voted by the UK’s top 10 food retailers as their most vital management area.

Specialist modules cover strategic procurement and how to manage the sustainability, quality and risks of supply chains. You’ll develop your research skills through a master’s dissertation or an investigative consultancy project.

In the second year of this course you’ll undertake study in another country for one semester. Employers often prefer applicants who have a strong international awareness and studying abroad will help you stand out from others. Our partner institutions offer study related to the areas of operations, logistics and supply chain management and will increase your experience.

The course culminates in either a master’s dissertation or, if you prefer, a consultancy project. The dissertation is discipline specific, whilst the group consultancy project - where you’ll tackle an issue faced by a real client - is positioned in an area of relevance to the programme.

There is no requirement to have studied business or LCSM at undergraduate level.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 and is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

During the second year you’ll spend a whole semester studying in another country which will take your international experience to another level. We organise exchanges at one of our partner Universities which will most likely be in Europe, but opportunities do exist further afield. You’ll study general business topics such as finance, human resources or marketing, with English as the language of teaching. There may also be studies related to the language and culture of the host region. On your return you’ll complete your dissertation or consultancy project.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment is based on course work and our methods will include essays, reports, group work, presentations, and the master’s dissertation or consultancy project.

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. You’ll use software such as ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation or consultancy project and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project, rather than a dissertation, you’ll still undertake primary and desk research. Through your reading, reflection and research, you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

In the second year of the course you’ll be extending your international experience and widening your knowledge of business topics. You’ll develop an inter-cultural awareness that will help you stand out from other job applicants. Our network of partners and academic links will make it easier for you to find the right university in the right country to suit your interests and aspirations.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more experience.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into professional and graduate management positions and, by the end of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to follow them. Thanks to the specialist modules – Strategic Procurement and Logistics, Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk, and the dissertation/consultancy project – you’ll have a particular edge in roles related to purchasing, logistics, planning, international trade and imports/exports.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This course was created in response to the high proportion of Cranfield manufacturing graduates taking up positions within consultancy. Read more
This course was created in response to the high proportion of Cranfield manufacturing graduates taking up positions within consultancy. It shares many features with the Engineering & Management of Manufacturing Systems MSc, but favours students who already have industrial experience, and better prepares them for a career in consultancy. The programme has been developed with a strong emphasis on applying knowledge in the industrial environment and is taught in the context of industrial application. The major learning experience for full-time students is the industrial group project. This involves working in teams to fulfil demanding objectives within a tight time schedule, applying state-of-the-art technologies and approaches, and delivering results to a high professional standard.

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