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Course content

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 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.

Visit the Management Consulting MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!






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