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 our new Master’s programme. This innovative one-year MSc in Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice (MECP) has been designed, with support from KPMG Enterprise, to develop your entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and behaviour. 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 be working 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.
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 two consultancy projects. 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.
You will also be given a chance to develop your own business ideas, working in teams during the first term, and at the end of the term you will ‘pitch’ the idea you have developed to our ‘Buckingham Angels’ venture capital panel.
Why study at the University of Buckingham?
The University of Buckingham is the Times University of the Year for Teaching Excellence 2015/16 and also the UK’s only campus-based independent university. It has been operating successfully for nearly 40 years without any Government funding by being innovative and entrepreneurial.
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.
Prior to starting any consultancy projects you will take two introductory modules in the first term, ‘Overview of Business Functions’ and ‘Consulting for Level 1 Projects’, to ensure that you are well prepared for your initial consultancy projects.
To prepare you for increasingly difficult projects, you will be taught two additional modules (‘Consulting for Levels 2 and 3 Projects’) in each of the following two terms and these will further develop your skills and knowledge.
Support from KPMG Enterprise
To ensure that you will be well prepared for your roles as junior business consultants, KPMG Enterprise has agreed to:
- Facilitate a number of classroom-based sessions as part of the four training modules, including a session explaining to you how you would be expected to ‘behave / act’ in a place of work, in particular in a scenario where you may be seconded to work for a client.
- Use their existing network locally to recommend to the University possible companies for the Business School to contact about offering appropriate consultancy / intern roles for MECP postgraduates.
- Provide a mentor role to MECP teams undertaking business consultancy projects.
|The University of Buckingham is an active member of Enterprise Educators UK, the national network for supporting and developing enterprise education.|
|The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) is a national organisation that supports and represents university enterprise societies and student entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship across the UK.|
If you would like to discuss the MECP further, please contact the Programme Director, Nigel Adams.
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.
As numbers on this programme will be restricted, you will be interviewed in a similar way to KPMG Enterprise applicants. The Interview Panel will be the Chairman of ‘Buckingham Angels’ Venture Capital Panel, the MECP Programme Director and a senior representative of KPMG Enterprise.
Terms and conditions for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >
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 a business and pitch it to ‘Buckingham Angels’ in the last week of the first term. Your pitches and business models will be assessed.
- A set of case files prepared for each business consultancy project in which you must explain and report the situation you have identified and the recommendations that you as your team made. The files should include a rationale for your recommendations based on your research and other relevant factors.
- 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.
On graduation from this programme you could be in a position to start your own business or you might want to gain more experience by working for a start-up, perhaps even one of the companies that you had worked with as a junior business consultant during the programme. You could also develop a career as a consultant to growing businesses with a range of firms, as you will not only have a Master’s degree, but also the experience of several consultancy projects under your belt.
The tuition fees quoted below are for the degree (e.g. if you start a degree at Buckingham in January 2017, you will pay the same termly fee for the duration of your degree – you will not be affected by the price increase in September 2017). Fees are normally paid in termly instalments.
Postgraduate loan scheme
A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK was introduced in August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,000 (£10,280 for new applicants in 2017) for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both. Find out more >>
Postgraduate first class scholarship
From July 2015 a first class scholarship will be available to both home and international students following a taught postgraduate degree at the University. The scholarship will reduce tuition fees by 33%. The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to UK standard.
Details of other scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page. You should make an application to study at the University and receive an offer letter confirming our acceptance of your application before applying for a scholarship.
You may also find it useful to visit our External Funding page.
We guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.
Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.
All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.
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