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Overview

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 and develop a range of transferable skills.

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 skills which will be useful for a future career as a consultant. You will develop your skills and competencies using a combination of case studies, workshops and group tasks.

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 undertake a dissertation or a consultancy project, where you will put into practice your consultancy skills to investigate an issue and produce a final presentation and report.

Academic excellence

Professors and lecturers on this course are involved in cutting-edge research in the areas of employment relations, human resource management and professional service work. 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.

Accreditation

Our MSc Management Consulting is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Graduates of the programme achieve both a degree from the University and a Level 7 Diploma in Professional Consulting from the CMI.

Course content

Throughout the course, core modules will ensure you develop a fundamental understanding of management 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, evidence-based consulting and the research 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 consultancy project, during which you’ll undertake applied fieldwork within an organisation, working with an external organisation or a University research centre.

Modules

Compulsory modules

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

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

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

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

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.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Human Resource Management (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Human Resource Management (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadline:

We operate a staged admissions process for this course with selection deadlines throughout the year.

If you do not receive an offer in a particular round, you will either be notified that your application has been unsuccessful, or we will carry your application forward to be considered in the next round.

Please see our How to Apply page for full details and the application deadlines for each stage.

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Documents and information you’ll need 

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £12,500 (total)
  • International: £23,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible to apply for, including:

  • Masters in Management Consulting International Excellence Scholarship
  • Masters in Management Consulting UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
  • Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
  • Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship

Read more about Business School scholarships.

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.


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

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