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 ranked 8th for Teaching Excellence 2019 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.
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.
Prior to starting any consultancy projects, you will take introductory modules, 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 in each of the following two terms and these will further develop your skills and knowledge.
Full details in the curriculum handbook
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.
If you would like to discuss the MECP further, please contact the Programme Director, Nigel Adams.