MSc Management Consulting 2018

Kick-start your consultancy career with the skills to improve company performance

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2018
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
£11,750 (total)
International fees:
£22,000 (total)

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 leading 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 (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 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. This provides a live opportunity to learn about the practicalities of consultancy work, including ethical and professional skills.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

  • 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 further 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
  • People Analytics: Strategy and Practice 30 credits
  • Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective 30 credits
  • Diversity Management 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.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

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

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU applicants: 31 August 2018

International applicants: Following very high demand for places at Leeds University Business School we have brought forward key application dates as follows:

All applications received before 15 February 2018 will receive equal consideration.

Applications made after 15 February 2018 will be considered at our discretion and whilst spaces remain available.

The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2018.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

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.

Admissions policy


UK/EU: £11,750 (total)

International: £22,000 (total)

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

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

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.

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 Tutors, 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.

I am taught by academics who are very dedicated to the course… staff are easily accessible and always willing to help.

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