MSc Entrepreneurial Consultancy in Practice2020-01-20T12:44:34+00:00

A new type of Master’s Degree for Entrepreneurial Graduates

If you plan to start your own business, work for a start-up or develop a career as a consultant to growing businesses, then you should seriously consider the Master’s programme. This innovative one-year MSc in Entrepreneurial Consultancy in Practice (MECP) has been designed, with support from KPMG Enterprise, to develop your entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and behavior. This will be achieved by providing opportunities for you to combine theoretical studies in entrepreneurship and business and with real work experience as junior business consultants.
You will work with a range of entrepreneurs, helping them to develop and grow their innovative businesses by identifying, researching and resolving the problems faced by most start-up businesses as they grow.

Over the course of the programme, you must complete 5 business consultancy projects, in teams of up to 3 people. The aim of each project will be to advise SME management about the best ways to develop and grow their businesses. This will involve you working with the owners and managers of a diverse range of SMEs and tackling business problems of varying complexity that are preventing growth.

As you will be representing the University of Buckingham and KPMG Enterprise in your external work, you will spend your first term developing your entrepreneurship and business knowledge and learning how to work as a member of a consultancy team. In your second term, you will work on one consultancy project. This will be followed by two more complex projects in your third term. During your final term, you and your team must complete a major consultancy project for a larger growth business.

Full details on the programme and the modules included can be found on the Curriculum Handbook

To be accepted on this programme you must have at least a 2.2 honours degree in Entrepreneurship or a business-related subject or must have passed the Pre-Master’s in Business. If you are not a native speaker of English then you must also have a minimum of 6.5 IELTS.

You must demonstrate a serious interest in entrepreneurship and furthering the development of growth SMEs. You must also be willing to work in teams as consultants. This programme will be very hard work and may involve working outside normal university hours to achieve business deadlines.

Teaching, Mentoring and Coaching

While the programme only requires you to attend four taught modules, you will also make use of all other resources in the Business School such as:

All postgraduate lectures, tutorials and workshops on business topics offered by the Business School to other Master’s students.

Guidance and advice from lecturers in subject areas relevant to any business problems or concerns within your assigned consultancy project, provided in arranged appointments.

Teaching advice, guidance and mentoring from University staff with experience in business consulting.

Training, guidance and coaching from external professionals such as KPMG Enterprise staff and management.


Assessment of your work will be based on the following:

  • In the Overview of Business Functions module, you will work in teams to identify and develop ideas for creating value in a business and pitch it to in the last week of the second term. Your pitches and business models will be assessed.
  • You will prepare responses to case studies based on real business consultancy scenarios throughout the programme which take the form of both written and oral reports on your solutions.
  • You must also produce an individual reflective journal or ‘learning log’, completed every week, which will be continuously assessed throughout the whole programme.
  • Finally, you and your team will be assessed on your Team Presentation to the management of the SME client company and your Team Consultancy Report.

This degree has been recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). On successful completion of this course, you will also receive a CMI Level 7 Certificate in Professional Consulting.

A CMI qualification better equips you for the professional world, giving you qualification that is highly sought-after in my employers.

CMI is the largest professional body for Management in the UK with over 100,000 members. To find out more about CMI please click here.


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