Management Consultancy is considered a prestigious career choice by many graduates as it offers intellectual challenges and financial rewards. Our specialist Masters focuses on tangible, marketable employability skills in this sector and is designed to equip you for success in the global workplace.

Key Facts

1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
Learning Mode
On Campus Learning

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Our MSc was created as a result of having highly-experienced management consultancy expertise already in the Academic team – and by having invaluable relationships with blue-chip organisations like KPMG and PwC.

Every student benefits from mentoring from a senior manager at Aberdeen Asset Management (Europe's largest fund manager) as well as career coaching from their Talent Manager.

It is because our Academics come from the commercial world and because we are constantly interacting with it, that we are able give you the focused knowledge and real-world skills to move forward your career with confidence.

During an intensive, enlivening one-year period, this MSc is designed to get you up to speed with three key elements of management consultancy, so that you can take advantage of the significant career opportunities out there:-

  • Core consulting skills, such as basic analysis, how to engage with clients, and how to run projects.
  • Content skills because you have to know what it is you consult about.
  • The industry elements, demonstrating expertise in a sector.

Management Consultancy is not a distanced, theoretical exercise, it’s about helping people and companies and cultures move on and make change happen – often in difficult, sometimes highly charged environments.

So reading books and going to lectures just won’t be enough on its own. You will learn in short, intensive modules with real life examples and activities designed to develop practical skills - all designed to give you the chance to really focus, think for yourself and interact with industry practice, issues and ideas in the context of a constantly changing world.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MSc programme which runs in September.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Accounting and Finance for Managers (BU5026)

The fact that money (and understanding money) really matters in business and all managers need to understand issues like cashflow and profit might depress you, but it is true. Financial viability of customers? Deciding on the likely financial viability of a project? Reporting to shareholders about performance? Does the word “sustainable” appear in a finance dictionary? All questions we will try and address.

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Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion (BU5038)

Business cannot be conducted without some form of communication between the participants involved. This course examines a wide variety of different types of interpersonal communication in different types of business contexts and, by so doing, provides students with a detailed and practical overview of this vitally important subject area.

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Managing Consultancy and Change (BU5046)

The consulting industry is a global business which employs 3 million people and generates revenues of $300 billion a year. The Financial Times reported that the consulting industry “…needs to recruit 300,000 – 500,000 people a year.” To fill the vacancies created by turnover. This course seeks to give its students an opportunity of access or progression within this global industry.

While traditional courses in this area rely on traditional, valuable, teaching methods this course takes the approach that learning has many components. It emphasises experience and interaction as well as traditional teaching. This combination better supporting the courses outcomes.

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Consultancy and Innovation (BU5051)

Innovation is at the forefront of much of the current economic and political debate to improve the competitiveness of economies and firms. This course will focus on the role of new product development in enabling firms to generate competitive advantage, and the types of problems faced by firms in their innovation management. In particular this course blends the perspectives of marketing, design and manufacturing into a single approach to product development. It provides students with an appreciation for the realities of industrial practice and introduces sets of product development methods that can be put into immediate practice on development projects.

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Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Business Model Innovation (BU5576)

This course is about business development and the application of new business models. Increasingly companies have to radically rethink the way they do business if they are to remain competitive. To do this organisations need to be prepared to analyse and challenge their current business models. Through a practical business development project and the analysis of case companies you will be encouraged to explore the tools, techniques and theories used by successful business developers. The course will be especially useful for those interested in strengthening their skills for identifying and evaluating business opportunities.

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Research Practice (BU5583)

This course introduces students to what is involved in undertaking business research in practice. Within lectures, tutorials and workshops students will develop an understanding of: Information retrieval and critical analysis; Philosophical issues in the construction of knowledge; Accessing and gathering quantitative and qualitative data; Data analysis; Student/Supervisor expectations.

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The Leadership Challenge (BU5584)

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

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Theory and Research on Organisational Change (BU5592)

Different approaches and theoretical models are examined ranging from scholastic attempts to develop robust theoretical explanations of complex change processes through to more practitioner-friendly recipes that set out prescriptive step sequences for the successful management of change. Theories and framework are examined within the context of broader and more abstract philosophical debates about the nature of existence as well as the methodological positioning of key pieces of research and the practical fieldwork issues of studying change over time. Ontology, epistemology and the relationship between theory and practice are all outlined and discussed through open dialogue and interactive class sessions.

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Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Either of the following courses:

MSc Dissertation (BU5968)

This course enables students to develop a nuanced understanding of a topic of their choice that is related to marketing management and to create an individual piece of research.

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We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research
  • Individual Projects
  • Group Projects


  • Just like in the industry, we do not run our programme around exams – in fact there are no exams. Just intensive real-world learning that helps you gain relevant knowledge, quickly and effectively.
  • All assessments are done by a portfolio of work-based assignments e.g. students are required to produce reports, briefing notes, presentations and reflective journals.

Why Study Management Consultancy?

  • Excellence with relevance.
  • A full 'conversion' programme that may be completed in a single year.
  • Open to graduates from any discipline. Does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.
  • Management consultancy is one of the fastest growing, most profitable sectors of business, so you know that by going down this career pathway, you won’t be short of opportunities.
  • Be guided by the best teachers, who are leaders in their field. We are ranked as a Top 3 University for world-leading research impact in Business and Management Studies (REF 2014).
  • We recognise that recruiters value practical, problem-solving experience and work-based skills as much as academic excellence so we integrate work experience into the curriculum.
  • Access organised work placements and work-based projects in partnership with leading global players to boost your employability.
  • Every student is mentored and given career counselling by senior managers at Aberdeen Asset Management, Europe's largest fund manager.
  • You will work on a huge variety of projects and contribute to big business decisions and tough problems that are CEO-level concerns. Part of the programme includes group presentation sessions where you have to persuade a group of real business managers (yes, actually real Managers who won’t let you off lightly) that what you are proposing will improve their organisation.
  • Learn from leaders: Leverage the deep industry expertise of our visiting speakers, drawing on their reservoir of first-hand knowledge and strategic insights.
  • No exams – all assessments are done by a portfolio of work-based assignment.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year £7,400
International Students Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year £16,100
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


View all funding options in our Funding Database.

78 Percent Secured Work Before Graduating

78% of the class of 2015 secured jobs BEFORE graduation (Business School 2015)

Entry Requirements


Open to graduates from any discipline. Does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.

The minimum requirement is the equivalent of a British 2:1 (Honours) degree or above in any discipline.
It would be useful for two references to be supplied in order for applicants to submit an application for this more specialised programme.

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the Business School Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

  • Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

  • CVan up-to-date CV/Resumé
  • Degree Transcripta full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • Personal Statementa detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • Referencea reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability


  • 24 hour access to our online Learning Support provided via our Virtual Learning environment MyAberdeen.
  • Membership of the University Library, learning materials including access to core text books.
  • Access to international networking and continuing professional development.
  • Join our business societies such as the Entrepreneurial Society.
  • Access to the Internet via the university computer.
  • Access to all campus facilities.
  • Sir Duncan Rice Library

    Sir Duncan Rice Library

    The University’s award winning Sir Duncan Rice Library is listed in the “Top 20 spellbinding University libraries in the World”. It contains over a million volumes, more than 300,000 e-books and 21,000 journals.

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  • Business societies

    Join our business societies such as the Entrepreneurial Society


Employers and graduates increasingly ask Universities to concentrate on the graduate attributes which make job applicants employable. In short, to focus on the real need of business. This programme is designed to deliver that.

We help our students network within the consultancy sector, which can often lead to a direct appointment. We also meet and discuss your career progression with our staff and the managers in the businesses with whom we work. Working closely with industry this way seeks to maximise the employment prospects for all our students.

Professional Links

Our MSc in Management Consultancy runs in collaboration and with the support of PwC, KMPG, Aberdeen Asset Management and The Chevron Oil Company, who provide work-based assignments. With direct input from these key players, our programme stays relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Our Experts

Dr Julian Randall is Senior Lecturer at the Business School in the University of Aberdeen. Following a career as a management consultant and trainer running his own business, he gained his PhD at the University of St Andrews in the management of change. He has researched extensively in government departments including the merger between HM Customs and Excise and Inland Revenue.

Dr Julian Randall

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

What our Alumni Say

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    Benjamin Naue

    What I found most rewarding about the course was the consultancy project in a real-life setting as this really prepares you for what is to come in the future.
  • Gloria Kutegeka, at

    Gloria Kutegeka

    I took a career break from PwC one of the leading consultancy firms to pursue this course. It has given me practical knowledge and skills on people and change management.


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