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.
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.
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.
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.
To ensure that you will be well prepared for your roles as junior business consultants, KPMG Enterprise has agreed to:
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.
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.
The MSc Health Management is based in City's Franklin building, close to the School of Health Sciences, Cass Business School and major centres of medical leadership.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
You’ll take five compulsory modules including the Management Consulting Project.
You'll also choose either two or three optional modules, depending on credits.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Taught by practising consultants and lecturers, the programme offers:
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.
We offer some of the modules on this programme as standalone Continuing Professional Development modules.
The MA in International Heritage Management draws upon cutting-edge theory and adopts a global, interdisciplinary approach to considering why the past matters; how and why it is cared for in the present; and the ways in which it can inform the future. By using heritage as a lens through which to consider current global challenges such as climate change, conflict, and decolonisation, the MA will prepare you to compete in the growing field of heritage and consultancy.
You will gain theoretical and methodological training; experience the challenge of practical problem-based learning; have access to professionals in the field; gain hands-on expertise in-situ across different heritage contexts; complete work-based placements; and build sector relevant networks, all vital to future employment.
The programme incorporates regular opportunities to visit national heritage sites and an inclusive international field trip to Vancouver, Canada*, allowing you to learn first-hand about heritage management from on-site experts.
Based at our Penryn campus, this programme is convened by the Humanities department (History and English) and taught in collaboration with leading interdisciplinary researchers and industry specialists from across the University; enabling you to develop the skills relevant to real life consultancy.
Benefit from the way the course is enriched by an Industry Advisory Group and links with our leading research centres for Environmental Arts and Humanities, and Environment and Sustainability.
* Flights and accommodation included in the cost of your MA
Please note constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced in future years as a consequence of programme development. Details at any time may be obtained from the programme website.
Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows;
Optional modules can include:
As an MA International Heritage Management and Consultancy student you will have access to the academic excellence and research resources of the University of Exeter. On this truly interdisciplinary programme, you will be taught by academics from The Business School, Law, Geography, Politics and Renewable Energies, as well as from History and English. You will also be taught by industry experts and guest lecturers, ensuring that the teaching you receive is highly relevant to the sector.
You will learn through a broad variety of methods, including: lectures and seminars; guided independent study; workshops; work based learning via an optional work placement; research projects; and through participation in an international field course. This programme also provides a wealth of opportunities to learn about the heritage sector in situ, with site visits being an important aspect of the course.
Alongside essays and research reports, we use a range of innovative methods of assessment. You will give individual and group presentations; produce portfolios and logbooks; have the opportunity to write community engagement plans; consider funding and budgets; plan research projects and write reflective essays. In your final term you will work on your dissertation, providing you with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of original research into a topic of your choosing.
The programme offers an optional Heritage Placement which provides the experience of learning about the heritage sector through work.
You will have the opportunity to plan and arrange a placement with an external heritage organisation and work on an agreed project with them. The Heritage Placement offers you the chance to find and organise your own placement or project in line with your individual professional goals. For example, you may choose to research a priority theme, develop an exhibit for public display, or design a project in relation to gaps identified by the heritage organisation.
With the assistance of a Work Placement Coordinator, you will gain the tools you need – the preparation and support – to gain significant professional experience in the heritage sector. You will also have an allocated academic supervisor for the duration of your placement who will liaise closely with you and the host heritage organisation.
By gaining hands-on knowledge you will develop essential employability skills, including: planning and completing a live project; interpersonal skills; working autonomously to a specified timescale; negotiating with others; and working effectively as part of a team.
In your third term you will take part in our field course to Canada, where you will visit Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Our field course offers a unique opportunity for you to explore issues of heritage, environment, industry and community, locating these issues in the context of key global challenges such as decolonisation, reconciliation indigeneity, and climate change.
As part of the field course, you will learn from international professionals, specialists, and community members in-situ and in-context; visit world renowned heritage sites and museums; participate in different forms of tourism, such as ecotourism; and gain awareness of potential opportunities for, and threats to, the local heritage, culture, and environment. Through this process you will develop an understanding of a different cultural approach to heritage management and witness competing heritage agendas in action.
This varied field course includes workshops in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia; an opportunity to experience ecotourism first-hand; visits to First Nations Cultural Centres (for example, U’mista Cultural Centre or Nuyumbalees); museums and galleries such as the Bill Reid Gallery; and meet and learn from heritage professionals on site visits.*
Your expenses for accommodation and travel are included in the cost of the programme.
*Please note that the exact itinerary can vary from year to year.
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The Sustainability and Consultancy Masters offers a grounding in the broad range of sustainability topics beyond just environmental issues (from project development to corporate sustainability strategy). It will also develop the professional skills you’ll need.
Sustainability is an integrated issue across our teaching, rather than separating the environmental, economic and social elements.
Specialist modules are delivered by academic staff, practising consultants and other practitioners, giving you exposure to real-life, international case studies with a good understanding of contemporary management techniques and solutions.
This course aligns closely with the challenges of sustainability and the skills that employers say they need to tackle those challenges, with a strong emphasis on project skills.
This is an approved Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) course:
This means once you graduate you are eligible to become an IEMA Graduate Member – GradIEMA - the first stage towards full professional chartership.
You are also eligible to take-up free student membership.
IEMA supports individuals and organisations to set, recognise and achieve global sustainability standards and practice.