MSc Management and Consultancy

Make a positive impact on your future career. Develop your management and consultancy skills, and gain the confidence to lead teams and make important business decisions.

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The world of business can be ruthless and unpredictable. Strong management skills are in high demand to help teams navigate difficult times and make the most of new opportunities.

Of course, you’ll need to learn the theory and context to build a career as a manager or consultant. But we believe it’s how you apply that knowledge that really matters. This course is all about practical solutions to real-world problems.

A joined-up approach to your training

You’ll start by developing skills in marketing, finance, and supply chains. After building up your knowledge in these essential areas, you’ll move on to the strategies that help give organisations an edge in a global market. Then put all your new expertise to use in your final research project or dissertation.

With your optional unit, you can choose from a range of specialisms, including innovation or entrepreneurship. Or take our mini-internship option for even more work experience.

Industry insight at every stage

You’ll start working on your career from day one, with regular contact with professionals and plenty of opportunities to work on industry projects for your portfolio. You could be helping one of the 80+ businesses based at our Innospace incubator. Or doing an internship in Manchester or anywhere else in the world.

And don’t forget our teaching team – all experts in their specialisms, whether that’s advising major corporations or researching the latest management techniques.

Features and Benefits

  • Industry-focused - this course has been developed with industry to make sure you learn the skills employers need.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Practical learning - learn by solving real-world problems which bring the subject alive and help you get to grips with current issues.
  • Postgraduate internships – develop business relationships and hone your management skills on an optional short-term internship in addition to your studies. The course also offers the option to undertake an additional 36-48 week internship as part of your course, after you have completed your taught units.
  • A city of opportunities – with global organisations, and innovative start-ups, Manchester offers a wealth of opportunities.Use our connections with employers to enhance your studies and professional network.
  • Desirable skills – management is one of the fastest growing courses in the world. Prepare for management roles in any sector, even if you haven’t got a business or management background.
  • Taught by experts – hear from expert teaching staff and visiting professionals from a range of industries and backgrounds.
“I feel lucky to have gained so much from my tutors. Having the benefit of their many years within industry really brings subject to life.” Lewis Madden, Business School graduate

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“I would 100% recommend that postgraduate students do an internship. Even after my first couple of weeks, I felt so much more confident in myself, my capabilities and my knowledge. It’s even helped me to secure a full-time job at the company I worked for.”

Laura Waldron, Business School graduate

Career Prospects

The whole course is geared to your career. You’ll have a strong understanding of the business world, and the skills to stand out. Project management, interpersonal, strategic – the different elements of the course all come together to maximise your chances of leadership success.

We cover a lot of ground during the programme, so you’ll have a good understanding of different areas of business and there are lots of roles you could succeed in. With further training, work experience, or qualifications, you could also look for careers in:

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:1 – or the international equivalent in a non-business-related subject. We’ll also welcome applications from students who have significant experience of business and management theory or practice plus a 2:2, or the international equivalent.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

There are two routes in this course. If you take MSc Management, you’ll study Critical Enquiry for Entrepreneurs and Leaders, and Critical Management Studies. These units focus on understanding organisations in their socio-political context. Your dissertation will then look at a particular challenge a business is facing.

If you choose the MSc Management and Consultancy route, you’ll have Managing Consultancy Interventions, which gives you the tools to work with clients, followed by a Live Client Brief where you’ll put those skills to use working directly with a business. Your Research Project could follow on from that experience too.

We designed both routes to give you the real-world skills you’ll need for your career. And with your optional unit, you can specialise further based on your own interests or goals.

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Core Units

Strategic Management

This unit presents a systematic approach to the study of strategy building upon an array of ideas and theories ranging from industrial organisation theory and institutional economics. This unit outlines the fundamentals of strategic management and will give students an introduction in this important area of business management.

Marketing in Practice

Go beyond the theory and look at marketing in its practical context. We’ll explore the different principles and models of strategic marketing and examine how they work in a competitive business.

Finance for Managers

This unit investigates and introduces basic theories, concepts and application of financial accounting, management accounting and finance in a modern organisation. Students are not expected to become proficient in specific aspects of the different financial tools and techniques discussed in the unit. Rather, as aspiring middle managers, they are expected to understand how the financial professional in an organisation can integrate with the other management functions to support and achieve the organisational strategic objectives.

Strategic Leadership

This unit builds on the tools and techniques from Strategy Management and is concerned with the strategic choices available to organisations to achieve competitive advantage in a global economy. The managerial decisions, processes and activities, that allow the creation and implementation of an effective global strategy are discussed and reflected-upon through a combination of theories and real-World case studies. This unit explains that strategic management is the one of the most imperative considerations in the global economy. Organisations and managers can no longer base their strategies on the assumption that global markets will remain stable with steady growth.

Logistics and Supply Chain Practices

This unit introduces the core concepts of logistics and supply chain management from both a global and regional perspective. The unit examines in detail the latest practices in logistics and supply chain management utilising real business examples, case studies and theory. These include supply chain analysis, order fulfilment, inventory policy, distribution centre operations, transport planning, sales and operations planning and ethical policies.

Managing Consultancy Interventions

This unit gives insight into the practice and purpose of consultancy interventions in organisations. It explores the value of critical reflection, the use of diagnostic tools, the client relationship, the consultancy process, research tools and the ethics of research and consultancy.

Live Consultancy Brief

This unit is essentially a mini-consultancy project. It deals with the development of, and the theory underlying, the knowledge and skills involved with conducting respectable research and consultancy in business. Students will work in small groups with organisations to identify and resolve small-scale business problems. The company will identify the problem and will provide access to the relevant data for the students. From this, students will carry out research for the client and produce a client report.

Research Project

This is a final capstone project. It is an individual assessment that either entails students working on a real-life experiential project underpinned by primary fieldwork and/or secondary research on the challenges that businesses face within the area under study. This unit can take many forms, including Strategic Management Project, Consultancy-Based Project, or Enterprise Based Business Plan.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

You can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Optional internship year

When you have successfully completed your taught units, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week internship. You will be supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with the industry and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements.

The Placement Office advertise a variety of opportunities, support and advise on the application and recruitment process and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University. 

An additional fee applies to this internship.

Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

Our Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability Department delivers innovative programmes rooted in industry, driven by the global environment and reflective of evolving business trends.

The department develops courses in close collaboration with industry practitioners, focusing on entrepreneurship and employability skills, and using dynamic teaching practices that include live projects run in conjunction with industry and innovative classroom techniques.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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