Management Consulting MSc

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£14,500 (total)
International fees
£28,000 (total)

Course overview

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This Masters degree gives you extensive knowledge of the management consultancy industry and an appreciation of the latest business challenges. You’ll gain an 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 or as an internal management practitioner in any organisation. You will develop skills and competencies using a combination of case studies, workshops and group tasks.

We have connections with top companies worldwide, meaning you’ll be able to access emerging trends and interact with business leaders during guest lectures and workshops. You’ll also undertake a dissertation or a consultancy project, where you will put into practice your consultancy skills to investigate an issue, make recommendations and produce a detailed report and video presentation.

Course Highlights

  • You’ll be taught by Management Consulting academics who are involved in projects examining major societal issues, informing policy makers and government bodies in the UK and overseas.

  • Gain hands on, industry relevant experience through the ‘Management Consulting Project’ where you’ll have the opportunity to work with an industry client on an organisational business challenge.

  • Develop change management and decision-making skills and how to apply these in project-based work in both generic and specialist areas of business.

  • Benefit from access to our advanced specialist research centre, the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC), where Professors and lecturers are involved in cutting-edge research on contemporary national and international issues around changing business dynamics, the future of work, employment and labour markets.

  • Build industry focused employability skills through our dedicated professional development support.

Find out more about studying your Masters at Leeds University Business School.


Leeds University Business School has triple accreditation from the three leading bodies AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

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

Course details

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 management trends worldwide.

Alongside this you’ll be introduced to the management consulting process, including the consulting life cycle, the linkages to strategic management and the research skills needed to successfully carry out consulting projects.

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 strategic change and leadership, decision-making, entrepreneurship, people development, diversity management and business analytics. There are also options focused on the future of work in terms of sustainability and climate change and the automation of work and digitalisation in organisations. These areas will complement the development of core consultancy skills.

The course culminates in a consultancy project, during which you’ll undertake applied fieldwork with opportunities to work with an external organisation or University research centres. This provides a live opportunity to learn about the practicalities of consultancy work, including ethical, research and professional skills.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Management Consulting MSc in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Strategic Management 15
Management Consulting: Facts, Theories and Issues 30
Management Consulting: The Consulting Life Cycle 30
Research Methods and Practice for Consultants 15
Management Consulting Project 45

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Effective Decision Making 15
Sustainable Futures: Climate Change, the Environment and Business 15
Business Analytics and Decision Science 15
Training and Development 30
Digitalization, Automation and the Future of Work 30
People Analytics: Strategy and Practice 30
Diversity Management 30
Strategic Change and Leadership 15
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. This may include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs.

This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.


Entry requirements

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

International qualifications

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

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.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Human Resource Management (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Human Resource Management (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

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.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page 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
  • Contact details for two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Your approved English Language test* (if applicable)
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

* Applicants who have not yet completed an approved English language test may apply for a Masters course prior to taking a test.

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.

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UK: £14,500 (total)

International: £28,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

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

We’re offering 50 Business School Excellence Scholarships to UK and International students starting one of our Masters courses in 2023. These scholarships offer a 50% fee reduction and will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants who demonstrate excellent academic, professional and personal achievements.

You do not have to submit a separate application for our Excellence Scholarships - you will be automatically considered when your course application is reviewed.

International Excellence Scholarships (International applicants)

Masters Excellence Scholarships (UK applicants)

Read more about Masters Funding and Scholarships

Career opportunities

This course gives you the relevant skills and experience to pursue a career in management consulting in the UK and worldwide, whether working for a management consultancy firm or as an internal practitioner in any business organisation.

This qualification will also be highly valuable for those interested in pursuing managerial or corporate roles in the public, private and third sector, where there is a need for managers to possess advisory skills and have regular interactions with experts and consultants.

You can use this Masters to complement your first degree. For example, if your first degree was in Marketing, you can build your consulting skills on top of this and be positioned for success in the Marketing and Brand Consulting domain.

Careers support

As part of this course, our dedicated Professional Development Tutor will provide tailored academic and careers support to help you achieve your career ambitions.

You can expect expert advice and guidance on your career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, support to boost your employability, as well as one-to-one coaching on developing the professional skills you will need to start a successful career, and how to evidence these to prospective employers.

You’ll also benefit from the University’s award-winning Careers Centre, where you can access range of support to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions, even after you graduate.

Read more about our careers and professional development support

Student profile: Zainab Atia

In this particular course I have learnt a lot of practical consultancy methods and frameworks which I want to apply in academia and also later for opening my own consultancy business.
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