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This programme provides theoretical knowledge and practical methodologies and techniques via case studies and tutorials that enable students to specify and design technology solutions for business managers and organisations. Read more

This programme provides theoretical knowledge and practical methodologies and techniques via case studies and tutorials that enable students to specify and design technology solutions for business managers and organisations.

You will learn about informatics, business systems, processes and architecture necessary to understand the digital business environment. Students develop analysis, problem solving, teamwork and leadership skills necessary for creating effective business solutions. Students also learn the consulting principles and behaviours necessary for consulting.

Business Problem Solving Experience

A one week residential course at our beautiful Greenlands campus in Henley-on-Thames enables students to experience our world-class executive training environment with other business executives and consultants.

A 10-12 week consulting project enables students to apply their knowledge to real-life cases in a structured and systematic manner, with many projects involving work with and for consulting organisations. 

After you’ve graduated

Our graduates are pragmatic problem solvers able to bridge the gap between business and technology, who are often highly sought after by industry. Many of our graduates join consultancies or businesses as analysts, solution architects or project leaders.

Why Henley?

  • Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US
  • Excellent networking potential : 72,000 Henley alumni members in 150 countries
  • High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year
  • Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities
  • World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events
  • Henley is proud to be part of the University of Reading. The University is ranked within the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018) and 98% of the research is rated as being of international standard.

Course content

Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2017/18. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

In addition students must choose two optional modules from the list below.

Careers and accreditations

The MSc Business Technology Consulting programme provides the foundations for a career in technology and management consultancy as well as the skills and behaviours necessary for analysing and solving the type of business and technology problems encountered by all major businesses. This course is a must for those interested in business problem-solving and consulting activities.

Many of our alumni have been recruited by management consultancies or analytical and consulting units of major businesses.

Successful completion on the compulsory module Business Domain and Requirements Analysis can lead to the BCS Professional Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.



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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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The MSc in Economics and Business Administration - International Economic Consulting – has been developed in close cooperation with major players of the industry and is organised to prepare students for various job functions within the fields of international economics. Read more

The MSc in Economics and Business Administration - International Economic Consulting – has been developed in close cooperation with major players of the industry and is organised to prepare students for various job functions within the fields of international economics. The programme will provide you with up-to-date theoretical knowledge required for applied economic analyses; relevant quantitative and empirical methods suitable for sectoral studies, policy impact analyses and forecasting; the training and concepts required for the implementation of national and international project consulting and, last but not least, introduce you to an exiting international environment.

Read more details about the programme here >>

International complexities under the loop

  • What are the total costs and benefits of building a new airport in Berlin?
  • Should farmers in Bangladesh receive direct financial support or just price guarantees?
  • How many cars will need a parking space in Copenhagen in 2020?
  • How can CO2 quotas be priced and distributed in a market efficient manner?
  • Which pipelines should be built in order to secure the EU's future gas supply?

These and many other problems, their increasing complexity, their positioning at the border between economics and management and their placement in international contexts have been the backbone of the steadily growing demand for International Economic Consulting services. Large multinational corporations, regional and national policy makers, international organisations (like the World Bank, the EU and the OECD) and a growing number of non-profit interest groups require sound economic analyses and feasibility studies for an impressive range of issues and industrial sectors.

Read about admission and how to apply here >>

Programme structure

This programme has a duration of 2 years and consists on 4 semesters.

1st semester: Prerequisite courses

The course Introductory Methods in Economic Consulting introduces widely applicable quantitative methods with a special focus on their relevance for policy analysis. The main aim of the course is to introduce and apply relatively simple methods and models that can be used for econometric analysis of empirical questions that inevitably arise when project evaluations are performed.

Another course is Advanced Methods in Economic Consulting, which comprises analysis and assessment of the economic consequences also involves estimation of the costs and benefits. Hence, a thorough knowledge of advanced applied econometric methods is necessary to solve many of the complicated economic consulting problems.

The course Advanced Industrial Economics is concerned with the theoretical and empirical understanding of the intensity of competition across industries and its effect on prices, quantities, quality choice, efficiency and market structure. It also studies the need of public intervention by describing the economics of competition policy.

The student will also follow the course Organisational Economics and Strategy, which studies how firms create a competitive advantage and maintain it, and analyses strategic choices regarding the boundaries of the firm, the incentive mechanisms and the organisational structure that will best serve their strategies.

Finally the student will follow the course Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) or Project Evaluation as it is sometimes referred to, is an essential tool in economic consulting. The purpose of CBA is to facilitate better decision-making. It ensures that resources are effectively allocated by estimating the monetary values - as far as this is possible - of all the benefits and costs to society of alternative projects, typically public investment projects.

2nd semester: Specialisation courses

The course International Economic Integration gives a broad understanding of the forces and effects of globalisation through technological and policy changes. Based on the theory of international economics we examine integration as driven by organisations like e.g. the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the EU.

Another course that you'll be introduced to is Developing and Emerging Economies. The course will focus on the opportunities and conditions for economic growth in developing and emerging economies and provide you with an understanding of the underlying economic mechanisms.

Alongside you will also follow the course Applied Economic Consulting. This course simulates the entire process surrounding a real-world economic consulting problem, including an introduction to various project management tools.

3rd semester: Electives or study abroad

In the third semester you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can either be taken at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at AU Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

4th semester: Master thesis

The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and so get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. We encourage students to work on topics that are related to international economic consulting and/or are performed in cooperation with a consulting company or a governmental or international institution.

The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

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This programme is ideal if you wish to use your analytic skills to derive and obtain useful insights from large amounts of data. Read more
This programme is ideal if you wish to use your analytic skills to derive and obtain useful insights from large amounts of data. By equipping you with the rigorous modelling and consulting skills needed to understand, manage and communicate useful insights from ‘big data’, it prepares you to inform business decisions or government policies.

Taught modules are delivered by our group of internationally recognised management scientists who are actively working with business, government and non-profit organisations to tackle routine, strategic or policy problems.

Our industry advisory board ensures that the focus of our taught modules is of both academic and practical relevance. IBM, our partner, has jointly developed with us two modules (Customer Analytics and Leading Analytics Initiatives), and sponsors a student prize.

During the summer, you will undertake a supervised consulting or research project. This will give you the opportunity to apply powerful tools such as data mining, forecasting, optimisation, simulation and decision analysis to a particular area of business or policy, equipping you with skills highly prized by employers.

Core study areas include consulting for analytics, discovery analytics, decision analytics, managing big data, customer analytics, leading analytics initiatives, operations analytics, policy and strategy analytics, and a consulting or research project.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/business-analytics-consulting/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
- Consulting for Analytics
You will learn the craft and skills required by analytic consultants, and which employers look for but often find lacking. It will cover process aspects of analytics projects, as well as skills in client interaction, problem structuring and data elicitation (with individuals and/or groups, and with hard/soft data), presenting data-driven analyses, report writing, and developing simple bespoke decision support systems.

- Discovery Analytics
You will be introduced to common statistical methods to explore and visualise cross sectional and temporal data. You will also learn about the design and conduct of data collection efforts, together with methods for dealing with data outliers and missing data. Industry-leading tools that are in high demand from employers (e.g. SAS and SPSS) will be used.

- Decision Analytics
Your will be introduced to common operational research techniques to help determine the best course of action for a given decision or problem. Topics covered include optimisation, simulation and decision and risk analysis.

- Managing Big Data
Your will learn about the challenges and opportunities derived from the increased volume, variety, velocity and value of data that is available today. A range of big data topics will be covered including data type, data integration, data technologies, and data security.

Semester 2:
- Customer Analytics
You will focus on analytics techniques that can help organisations gain a deeper insight into customers’ behaviour and attitudes towards their products and services. It will cover approaches designed to provide a profile of customer segments, such as those grounded in data mining and multivariate statistical analysis. Industry-leading tools that are in high demand from employers (e.g. SAS and SPSS) will be used. There is an IBM sponsored student prize on this module.

- Leading Analytics Initiatives
You will learn about the issues associated with implementing an analytics capability in organisations. It will cover topics on how to develop an analytics strategy, how to embed analytics in organisational processes to ensure they deliver value, and how to deploy analytics throughout the organisation to improve decision making. There is an IBM sponsored student prize on this module.

- Operations Analytics
You will focus on analytics techniques that can help organisations to develop a better understanding of operational processes, and identify efficiency and cost reduction opportunities. Topics covered include advanced optimisation and simulation techniques.

- Policy and Strategy Analytics
You will focus on analytics techniques designed to tackle complex policy and strategic issues. It will cover approaches designed to explain the behaviour of complex social systems or assess the consequences of complex decisions, in order to provide the levers for policy and strategy making in a variety of sectors.

Summer:
- Consulting or Research Project

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations.
The summer project is assessed via a written dissertation.

Careers and further study

Business analytics is a new and rapidly developing field, and individuals with analytics skills are in short supply.
Graduates from this programme can expect to work as management consultants, business analysts, policy analysts, marketing researchers, operations researchers, and data scientists.
We have developed two modules - Customer Analytics and Leading Analytics Initiatives - in close collaboration with our partner IBM, who also sponsor a student prize.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/business-analytics-consulting/

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Overview. Our MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting provides a solid foundation in general business management and specialist human resource management knowledge. Read more

Overview

Our MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting provides a solid foundation in general business management and specialist human resource management knowledge. You will develop skills in consulting and combine theory with practical application through organisational challenges.

Why study Human Resource Management and Consulting? 

This course is designed for graduates who want to develop key managerial skills and are interested in a career in human resource management or consultancy.

Course structure

Our MSc in Human Resource Management and Consulting is a full-time degree that lasts 12 months. It is divided into two semesters and the summer period which runs from June to September. In Semester 1 you will study five compulsory units. In Semester 2, you will study one compulsory unit and select four from an approved selection. 

Semester 1 core units

Marketing; Business economics; Human resource management; Cross-cultural management; Consulting: context, theory and practice

Semester 2 core unit

Methods of management research for HRM and consultancy

Example optional units: 

Design in management; Understanding employment law; Management consulting: data driven approaches; Project management; Strategy and human resource management; Leading and managing change; Strategies for sustainability; Global governance and accountability

Dissertation

The course will finish with a dissertation. This is a 10,000-15,000 word piece of individual research, supervised by a member of faculty. You will plan and execute your own project, using techniques learned throughout the year. 

Personal career development

We know that an important reason for doing a master's degree is to improve your career prospects and our graduates have an impressive employment record.

We have years of experience working with a range of organisations and we will make sure you have access to as many organisations as possible, from day one of your degree. we will also help you to develop the skills needed to achieve your career goals. You will enjoy various timetabled and optional career activities during the year. You'll also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of optional workshops and events designed to improve your CV. 

 Careers support at Bath : 

  • A dedicated careers advisor
  • Career training and workshops (including interview practice and support for assessment centres)
  • Industry insight events
  • Opportunities to meet graduate recruiters
  • Support for international students
  • Support for entrepreneurs 

A highly ranked business school

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools and a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014. We are currently ranked 1st for Marketing and 2nd for Business and Management in The Complete University Guide 2018.

Learn about our faculty here: http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/faculty/

Find out how to apply here: http://management-masters.bath.ac.uk/apply/



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The objective of the Master in Digital Project Management & Consulting is to prepare participants to boost their careers in international business development and project management. Read more

The objective of the Master in Digital Project Management & Consulting is to prepare participants to boost their careers in international business development and project management. This 1 year, 2 countries (Madrid-Berlin) programme offers you the option to acquire a specialization in International Project Management or in Strategy & Business Consulting.

The programme covers management, financial, economic and strategic issues, with an emphasis on the development of negotiation skills. Furthermore, students have a two week international seminar where they visit key companies and institutions and work on case studies with one of our partner universities.

Within the Master, students can enroll for a training course and exam to obtain either Project Manager Professional certification (PMP®) or the Certificate Associate in Project Management (CAPM ®) awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Taught in English, this programme gives you the opportunity to take some elective classes in Spanish.

An nine-month full time programme (October to June) with a practical approach to Project management and consulting, dependingo on your track. (Please note that including internship and thesis portions, the programme's length is 15 months in total.)

  • The first 9 months of the program, are intended to complete the core courses. These include the International Consulting Projects: real projects developed by students to solve a current need for the companies involved.
  • Opportunity to study in two of our european campuses: Madrid and Berlin.
  • From July, students have to do a four months (minimum) internship and a professional thesis.

Key Features

International Experience and Recognition

  • 1 year, 2 countries (Madrid- Belin) full-time programme taught in English and the possibility to do some electives in Spanish
  • International Seminar in Sillicon Valley, San Francisco.
  • Prepares participants for careers in International Project Management and Strategy & Business Consulting.
  • Multicultural diversity thanks to ESCP Europe's global faculty and international class mix
  • Accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles in France*.

Learning by Doing

  • Interactive and practical methodology, business cases, company visits, international consultancy projects and a professional master thesis.
  • International Consultancy Projects (professional solutions to real companies’ challenges) to enhance the learning experience through a hands-on approach with our partner companies: Mi-GSO, EY, Banco Santander, Neovantas, Start-Up’s,…
  • Live Case Studies, designed, developed and assessed by our partner companies: Amadeus, BNP Paribas, Telefónica, Accenture, OHL, Axa, IATA,…
  • Business Cases (specialized workshops for solving real business issues): L’Oréal, Pfizer, Bain, Everis, Deloitte, Amaris, Arthur D. Little, Opinno, BTS,…
  • Expert training for the International Project Manager Professional Certification (PMP®), or for the Certificated Associate in Project Management (CAPM®), by the Project Management Institute (PMI®)
  • Professional experience through internships or job positions in the International Project Management & Business Management Consulting fields.

Business Links

  • Strong partnerships with major leading companies.
  • Corporate network involvement in each step of the learning experience through career development seminars, consultancy projects, company visits, internships and company days.
  • Critical approach and creative answers: real business cases, company projects and corporate conferences to stimulate the right entrepreneurial approach.


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This programme provides a unique combination of HR, management development and consulting, enabling careers in HR, management consultancy, management and organisational development. Read more

This programme provides a unique combination of HR, management development and consulting, enabling careers in HR, management consultancy, management and organisational development. Taking a critical perspective, our dual focus on theory and practice is designed to enrich both your knowledge and your skills to act as a change agent – designing and implementing interventions that develop human resources in pursuit of organisational objectives.

With a primary focus on interactive learning, a unique feature of the programme is the consulting project where you put your learning into practice by working with a real client organisation to develop recommendations on current HR workplace issues.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Upon successful completion students can gain Associate (Assoc CIPD) level of professional membership of the CIPD.

Alongside the modules listed in the course structure tab, there is also a Careers and Learning Development element, which provides interactive group sessions over Michaelmas and Lent terms that will equip you with skills to make the most of your learning, study and careers opportunities.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.



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Why this course?. Organisations across the world are looking to gain a sustainable competitive edge in an increasingly difficult environment. Read more

Why this course?

Organisations across the world are looking to gain a sustainable competitive edge in an increasingly difficult environment. The smarter organisations are using business analysis to make better decisions and deliver business performance and improvement.

That means more than just collecting and routinely processing large amounts of business data. It means applying sophisticated quantitative techniques to help with decisions, particularly at the strategic levels.

This distance learning course focuses on applying advanced analytical methods to business problems to help managers make better decisions.

You’ll develop an understanding of key quantitative business analysis methods. You’ll also be introduced to business models used to support the development of strategy for organisations and to help them to monitor and measure strategic processes. You’ll also develop key consulting skills to effectively support management.

You’ll study

All classes are taught using material presented via the internet. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on the full-time course. They will guide and support discussion via discussion forums.

The programme contains three stages. In progressing towards completion of the MSc students will undertake the following:

Postgraduate Certificate in Business Analysis & Consulting

This includes five compulsory classes and one elective class all of which can be completed fully online.

Compulsory classes:

  1. Foundations of Operational Research & Business Analysis
  2. Quantitative Business Analysis
  3. Managing Business Operations
  4. Spreadsheet Modelling & Demand Forecasting
  5. Strategy Modelling & Management

Elective classes:

One optional class chosen from:

  1. Business Simulation Methods
  2. Risk Analysis & Management
  3. Business Information Systems
  4. Performance Measurement & Management

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analysis & Consulting

After completion of the Postgraduate certificate two further elective classes and one compulsory class are required to be undertaken.

Compulsory class:

  1. Becoming an effective business analyst

Elective classes:

Two elective classes chosen from same list as for the Postgraduate Certificate.

If you wish to proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma you need to be in appropriate employment. The final decision as to what is "appropriate employment" remains with the University of Strathclyde. However, if your employment covers all of the following, you're likely to be in the correct type of post:

  • solving problems owned by someone else
  • ill-defined problems
  • working in teams
  • the opportunity to use a variety of Business Analysis techniques
  • your work has an influence on the operation of your organisations

Your employment should require some analysis of business situations, in the private or public sector. Samples of your work will form the basis of reflection and learning projects, guided by a personal mentor.

MSc in Business Analysis & Consulting

Students who complete the Diploma and gain sufficient marks to proceed to the MSc will be expected to undertake a project. The project will be integrated with your employment. You'll have individual personal mentoring to guide you in reflection and learning.

Technical requirements

To undertake this course you need to have:

  • Modern PC running Windows 7 or higher, web cam, headset with microphone
  • Minimum 2Mb/sec broadband connection
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 or higher

NB: Some of the course software is Windows-only and will not run under Linux or on Macintosh computers so use of a PC or PC-emulation software is essential if these operating systems are used.

Start dates

You can start the Certificate programme in October or April. The Diploma course usually runs between September and May, though there is some flexibility with this. It's followed by the project which has a flexible timetable.

Normally, a student should be able to complete the MSc programme in around two and a half years. Please contact us if you need advice about the best start date for you.

Learning & teaching

All classes are taught using material presented via the internet. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on the full-time course. They'll guide and support discussion via forums.

Assessment

Each module includes two pieces of assessment. Around half of these will be assignments and the other half will be by examination at local centres.

Careers

The skills you’ll learn on the MSc make you very marketable to potential employers.

We’ve very good links with business and have hosted recruitment events for many companies, including Barclays Wealth, British Airways, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Rolls Royce, Sopra and SIMUL8, to name a few.



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Strategic marketing needs high-level skills, critical awareness of current issues and challenges, and the ability to respond rapidly to ever-changing markets. Read more

Strategic marketing needs high-level skills, critical awareness of current issues and challenges, and the ability to respond rapidly to ever-changing markets. This MSc is designed for graduates and practising managers already familiar with basic marketing concepts. Here, you will develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary and complex issues facing marketers, deepening your insights into the theory and practice of specialist aspects of marketing.

Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), this programme offers you the unique opportunity to access consultancy projects to enhance your learning, strengthening your existing critical thinking, research, communications and personal skills and equipping you for your highly rewarding marketing or consulting career.

Course details

Designed for recent graduates or practising managers who are already familiar with basic marketing concepts, this programme will enable you to develop advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary and complex strategic challenges facing marketers, and to deepen your insights in the theory and practice of specialist aspects of marketing.

The suite of MSc Marketing programmes have been approved and accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and is recognised by the ESRC for research training.

The programme will develop your critical thinking, research and communications skills and, uniquely, will feature consultancy projects as a vehicle for learning and as a means of developing further personal skills for later marketing and consulting careers.

Programme content

The programme will focus on developing your knowledge and understanding of marketing through advanced modules on Contemporary Issues in Strategic Marketing, Strategic Management and Marketing Analytics, Problem Solving & Strategic Marketing as Practice. Subsequently you will deepen your understanding by undertaking a live consultancy project alongside a range of specialist elective modules (including Retail Marketing, Strategic Brand Management, Strategic Environmental Sustainability and Marketing Communications). The final component of the programme is an individual consulting project and dissertation, adding a further opportunity to apply theory to practice and a further company experience for your CV. 

On this programme our students have undertaken live consultancy projects with a range of top companies – for example, Cadbury, Hobbs, Honeywell, Land Rover/Jaguar, Cogent Elliot, TRW, Helix and Aston Villa Football Club. These consultancy projects will give you valuable experience and substantially enhance your marketing career prospects. Graduates from the programme have moved into a range of marketing and consultancy roles with top UK and international companies.

Learning and teaching

During the year you will undertake a major independent research dissertation, which must be related to an international marketing issue. Some topics may be suggested and sponsored by commercial companies, which provides an opportunity to undertake research which will have a real impact on marketing decision making. Academic members of the Marketing Group will suggest topics consistent with their ongoing research, or you can choose a topic that is directly related to your chosen career path.

There are a host of potential topics for an international marketing dissertation.

Topics have included:

  • International marketing strategies for a new cosmetics brand
  • Comparative analysis of Nestle’s marketing strategies in Europe and Africa
  • Positioning strategies for car manufacturers in China
  • Launching and licensing new magazine concepts in Thailand
  • Standardisation vs adaptation in international advertising
  • The impact of country of origin on the marketability of Georgian wines
  • Evaluating franchising vs concessions for an international fashion brand

The home of Birmingham Business School is University House, conveniently situated on the edge of the main campus opposite the main gate of the University. To the elegant old house of 1908, that houses staff rooms and social space, a new multi-million pound state of-the-art teaching and learning complex has been added giving a unique combination of historic elegance and cutting-edge facilities.

Our students benefit from advanced teaching technology. All fifteen lecture theatres and seminar rooms contain comprehensive audio-visual equipment and sound systems, as well as wireless connectivity and data projection. Three large PC clusters add to computing facilities already available to students across the campus. The main lecture theatre, seating 200, is often utilised outside term-time as a conference facility for local industry.

Birmingham Business School’s brand new Postgraduate Teaching Centre opened its doors to students in autumn 2016. The building is called the Alan Walters Building after the noted economist of the same name. The high quality facilities provide a dedicated space for the Business School’s postgraduate students, and includes communal areas for studying and group work, which will look out over the Green Heart when completed in 2019.

Employability

Recent graduates from our marketing programmes have gone on to work in a wide range of careers in companies such as Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, American Express, Accenture, Whitbread, Beiersdorf, DaimlerChrysler, AstraZeneca, Tesco, AC Nielsen, Mazda Motors, Leo Burnett, Nissan, both in the UK and in their home country for returning international students. 

Strong industry links

We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Biersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice. Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.

Careers in Business

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We’ll help you in all aspects of your career management, from planning your job-seeking strategies, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your essential employability skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from our team, giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. Please get in touch to find out how our Careers in Business team can support you.



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Our course offers you the opportunity to study business and also get specific insight into consulting. We'll give you a grounding in key business areas followed by consulting modules to give you knowledge in this specialist field. Read more

Our course offers you the opportunity to study business and also get specific insight into consulting. We'll give you a grounding in key business areas followed by consulting modules to give you knowledge in this specialist field. The approach to the course includes learning from industry consultant practitioners and building insight and practice with clients and specialists.

Course Details

During Term 1 and 2 you study the core modules and your choice of an elective module. The core modules provide key management and business expertise, all designed to contribute to a consulting career. In Term 3 you will study your fourth specialist module and an optional module. You also follow the course content relating to either the Dissertation or Business in Practice route.

Optional modules

We offer a range of optional modules which reflect the research strength of WBS across the business and management disciplines. You undertake one optional module in Term 2 and in Term 3 (if you choose the Dissertation route, your Term 2 optional module must be Research Methodology). Please note that module availability may vary and that your first choice may not be guaranteed.

Assessment

Assessment is a mix of exams, project work, and tests. Your dissertation or Business in Practice module brings all your learning together.

Choice of Dissertation or Business in Practice route:

Dissertation route

If you are considering further academic study (PhD) and you would like the opportunity to research a topic relating to accounting and finance, the 6,000 word dissertation enables you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained. You will be supervised and supported throughout, and the Term 2 compulsory module Research Methodology helps you prepare.

In total you will study eight compulsory modules and one optional module, and complete a dissertation and a Research Methodology module. 

Business in Practice route

If you would like to develop further applied skills to suit your career aspirations, you can complete your studies with our applied Business in Practice module. You will develop your business knowledge and personal skills with practical insights from our faculty and our CareersPlus & Corporate Relations team.

In total you will study eight compulsory modules, two optional modules and also complete the compulsory Business in Practice capstone module.



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The aim of the program is to provide future managers and consultants with the managerial and communication skills required to act as change agents and deliver sustainable performance for companies operating in a global environment. Read more

The aim of the program is to provide future managers and consultants with the managerial and communication skills required to act as change agents and deliver sustainable performance for companies operating in a global environment.

Future managers/consultants are trained to acquire the necessary knowledge and competencies to translate strategic plans into tangible performance.

The Master of Science in Business Analysis and Consulting not only focuses on a financial perspective, but allows you to study performance from many angles, such as human resources management, IT, operations management, risks etc.

Accredited with the French National Association of Grandes Ecoles (La Conférence des Grandes Ecoles).

Program Advantages:

- Exposure to the business world through seminars and conferences led by professional consultants

- Study key performance indicators from different, yet complementary, perspectives

- International learning environment

Career Opportunities:

- Graduates can expect to work as a business analyst or a consultant for both internal and external clients, in the private and public sector.

Program

The Master of Science in Business Analysis and Consulting consists of 90 ECTS credits. It is developed around core courses, elective courses, seminars, internship or work experience and a final report, and includes French or other foreign language courses.

One of the key elements of the program is to ensure you learn managerial and communication skills. These are required to ensure sustainable performance can be achieved and how change can be implemented in a company.

Internships provide an opportunity to apply the concepts and theories studied and to create networks.

Curriculum -

There are two semesters of coursework followed by an internship. French language courses are mandatory for non-Francophone students. French speakers may study another language.

Admission & fees

The choice to study abroad is not only an academic decision, but also a financial one. Students need to be aware of the various cost involved in pursuing a master’s at IÉSEG.

Application process -

Admission is based on students’ online application available at https://application.ieseg.fr/ and the examination of the required documents. Admission is offered on an ongoing basis to qualified students. Decision release date: from Mid-October 2017.

Application deadlines:

May 30th 2018

Tuition 2018-2019:

€ 15,000 for domestic and international students.

International merit-based scholarships are available.

Funding and scholarship

IÉSEG has a merit-based International Scholarship Program with a tuition waiver of 15 to 50% per year. Selection is based on the applicant’s previous academic performance and overall application portfolio.

The scholarship application is automatic; students do not need to apply separately.

All international students are encouraged to check with Campus France and their own government to see if there are any scholarships available. For American students please check with Sallie Mae for private loan options.

Testimonials

"I decided to attend IÉSEG School of Management to study the MSc in Business Analysis and Consulting for several reasons. Firstly, I wanted to study in Europe and IÉSEG Paris was an obvious choice. France is at the core Warren HENRICUS of the Eurozone economies, and the campus is situated in the heart of the Europe’s largest business district. Apart from its attractive location and high ranking, the MBAC program at IÉSEG has a rigorous, yet diverse syllabus, which is suited for anyone looking to broaden their horizons in the world of business. It will also be an opportunity to learn the French language. IÉSEG also provides a great deal of support to its students ensuring a smooth transition into life in France. It seems clear that IÉSEG is the perfect choice and I look forward to the year ahead."

Warren HENRICUS, Australia, MBAC 2015



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Course outline. Our programme offers you the opportunity to carry out research in financial topics and also obtain specific insight into consulting. Read more

Course outline:

Our programme offers you the opportunity to carry out research in financial topics and also obtain specific insight into consulting. If you are considering further academic study and you would like the opportunity to research a topic related to financial consulting, the 40,000-word dissertation enables you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained.

The Master’s by research programme offered by IBS allows you to pursue your own theories and ideas and contribute to research in your field. The emphasis of our Master’s by research programme is on independent research and one-on-one consultations.

IBS welcomes research proposals that match or are similar to IBS staff’s current research topics and/or fall within the potential supervisors’ areas of expertise. For a list of IBS faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this programme, please refer to the list below. (N.B. The list is not a comprehensive register of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programmes or faculty members without full supervisory privileges may request approval to supervise graduate students in this programme.)

Teaching methods

The programme does not offer systematic instruction to financial consulting; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision.

During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Selection process

Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director.

Students have to consult with their supervisors on the campus 12 times per year. At the end of the programme the viva voce examination is also held on the Budapest campus.



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Why this course?. The MSc in Business Analysis & Consulting has been developed to equip you with the practical, evaluative and analytical skills to allow you, as a future manager or consultant, to influence and develop strategy and performance within organisations. Read more

Why this course?

The MSc in Business Analysis & Consulting has been developed to equip you with the practical, evaluative and analytical skills to allow you, as a future manager or consultant, to influence and develop strategy and performance within organisations.

You'll learn the key quantitative business analysis methods necessary to evaluate performance. In addition, you'll learn how to use business models to support the development of strategy for organisations and to help them to monitor and measure strategic processes. Simultaneously, you'll develop the key skills of business consulting, which are applicable to any organisation.

You’ll study

Compulsory modules include Foundations of Operational Research & Business Analysis, Quantitative Business Analysis and Managing Business Operations.

You'll also choose three optional modules from a range including Business Simulation Methods, Risk Analysis & Management and Business Information Systems.

Dissertation

MSc students undertake a three-month project, typically for an external organisation. This gives you the opportunity to apply the concepts and theories you've studied on the course.

Work placement

The apprenticeship scheme forms a vital component of this course. Many of our students spend an invaluable three weeks in January embedded in the analytical function of their host organisation.

Last year, more than 35 selected students worked with over 25 different organisations based all over the UK, including Capita, Department of Health and Tesco Bank.

The scheme has a highly competitive selection process, where the students with the strongest generic skills and academic capabilities are chosen for external placements.

In addition, many MSc projects are carried out for an external organisation. Students spend the three months from July to September working on a project of importance to their clients. The aim is to gain direct experience in applying the concepts and theories studied on the course.

Project clients include many major concerns, in fields ranging from aerospace to whisky distilling.

Project: Becoming an Effective Business Analyst

This takes place over both semesters and also involves the ‘apprenticeship scheme’. Every year, case studies and challenging projects are presented to the students by various organisations such as Accenture, British Airways, RBS and Simul8, to name a few from last year.

Distance learning

The course can be done through distance learning. All classes are taught using material presented via the internet so you can study when it suits you. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on the full-time course. They will guide and support discussion via discussion forums. This is a flexible degree and duration can vary.

Minimum durations are:

  • PgCert: 13 months
  • PgDip: 20 months
  • MSc: 26 months

Student competition

Every year, the best full-time MSc mark in the ‘Becoming an Effective Business Analyst’ module is recognised by the DSTL Prize. The prize involves a formal recognition by the department and an award of £100, which is kindly provided by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Learning & teaching

The course can be done through distance learning.

All classes are taught using material presented via the internet. Classes are supported by faculty members who also teach on the full-time course. They'll guide and support discussion via forums.

Assessment

Every module has its own methods of assessment appropriate to the nature of the material; these include written assignments, exams, practical team projects, presentations and individual projects.

Many modules involve more than one method of assessment.

Careers

The skills you’ll learn on the MSc make you very marketable to potential employers.

We’ve very good links with business and have hosted recruitment events for many companies, including Barclays Wealth, British Airways, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Rolls Royce, Sopra and SIMUL8, to name a few.



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This intensive program has been designed for high potential students who want to have a strategic impact in the organization they will work for. Read more

This intensive program has been designed for high potential students who want to have a strategic impact in the organization they will work for. As a complex and thrilling discipline, strategy requires strong critical thinking skills and determination, that’s why the MSc Strategic Management recruits the brightest students in a variety of disciplines. This program is a fantastic gateway towards careers in the most prestigious companies around the world.

Live an exciting intellectual challenge

Strategy is a vibrant, complex and constantly evolving environment which requires the strongest intellectual qualities. The MSc Strategic Management trains high potential students to develop a full strategic mindset and to master a broad and in-depth understanding of strategy’s logics and issues. To achieve this goal, it provides an exhaustive and intense curriculum covering the diverse areas linked to strategy, from negotiation games to innovation management, including big data, mergers & acquisitions, and many more topics. This wide range of courses allows the students to grasp all the mega trends, the analytical means, the leverages, and the priorities linked to strategy. All the students enrolled in the MSc Strategic Management live a truly challenging intellectual experience.

Diverse student body

As the MSc Strategic Management is very demanding, we recruit the brightest students of top universities from around the world. They come from a variety of disciplines, such as management, economics, engineering, and political sciences, in order to form a diverse and high-level cohort which also reflects the richness of strategy itself.

With 23 different nationalities, this program gives students the opportunity to interact with people from a wide range of cultures and academic backgrounds. The participants really benefit from the variety of knowledge that each brings from their own experience to make the most out of group projects.

High career prospects

The consulting industry is in constant demand of high-level graduates who perfectly understand the world of strategy and adapt to complex environments. As HEC Paris recruits only the best profiles, and provides them with premier academic and operational knowledge, HEC graduates benefit from a very well-established reputation among the most prestigious companies across the world.

Our annual graduates start their career with an average salary starting at €45K at top recruiting companies and in various paths:

  • Strategy consulting: Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, Bain & Company…
  • Strategic departments of large manufacturing and services companies: Procter & Gamble, Mars & Co…
  • Investment Banking and Private Funds: Bank of America, HSBC…
  • Venture-Capital Funds and Financing of Innovation: 3i, Index Ventures…

Constant interactions with leading consultancy firms

Consultancy firms are deeply involved in the life of the program: many experts from the sector conduct classes as well as numerous workshops throughout the year, notably BCG, Oliver Wyman, and Bain & Company. Also, an optional company project allows the students to assist companies in tackling a real-life strategic issue, which is a fantastic opportunity to understand tangibly the operational reality of strategy.

The true ‘real-life’ knowledge the students learn throughout the program is one of the main reasons graduates have an extremely high placement success rate.

What is strategic management?

Strategic management is an essential component of company growth and survival and encompasses two main components:

  • Strategic analysis, i.e. identification of major trends and sources of opportunities:
  • ‘External analysis’ consists of identifying the forces that constrain a firm –be it from the industry or from competition- and determining the paths of action in order to reach success; 
  • and ‘Internal analysis’ refers to identifying performance leverages within a firm by assessing the available resources and determining paths of performance.Structure and organization, i.e. how a company is designed and manages projects. This includes central functions such as planning, management control and information systems. It also deals with employees’ commitment, corporate values and culture.

In short, Strategic management is the art of correctly positioning a firm in a turbulent environment in order to map out a path of unique and unmatchable excellence. It requires a great command of analytical frameworks and a rigorous mind.

Program details

The HEC Paris MSc Strategic Management is an exciting intellectual challenge building upon the specific knowledge and experience that our academic team brings to the program, but also upon the students’ qualities. The program is very intense and demanding and is comprised of mandatory core courses, workshops with firms, a company project, but also elective courses, which allow them to tailor their curriculum according to their interests and career goals. 



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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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