Masters Consultancy Challenge

The Masters Consultancy Challenge (MCC) gives Postgraduate Taught students the opportunity to work for an employer. You will work in interdisciplinary groups to solve a real-world business problem the employer is facing. 

The two week programme will take place from 10 – 21 June 2024, and also offers training on relevant skills such as teamwork, commercial awareness and pitching. Students can participate in-person or online.

Deadline for applications is Monday 6 May 2024, 23:59. Find out how to apply below.

Please note that places on this programme are limted.


LLM student

“It’s all about being able to link what you learn at the postgraduate level with your practical ability in a real world situation.”

To find out more about the MCC programme:

What is the Masters Consultancy Challenge?

The Masters Consultancy Challenge programme, is a work experience opportunity from an employer. The employer will set you a real-life challenge they are facing and you will have the opportunity to work within a team on the challenge the employer has set.

Each team will present their solutions and compete against each other to win the panel’s vote! The winning team will win a prize from the employer!

What is the time commitment? 

The MCC programme will take place over two weeks - Monday 10 June - Friday 21 June 2024.

The programme is open to Postgraduate Taught students from the University of Birmingham.

No previous experience is necessary and Postgraduate Taught students from all subject areas are welcome. Places are limited and will be allocated on the quality of your application. 

You will need to ensure you are able to attend all mandatory sessions (see MCC programme below); as well as meetings scheduled with your team. You will also need to factor in time to  spend working on tasks allocated to you within the two weeks. 

What sessions am I required to attend as part of the programme?

  • Welcome session 
  • Employer Brief session
  • Check-in session
  • Pitch skills training session
  • Final pitch presentation session

Please note, attendance is mandatory for the sessions mentioned above. Dates and times of these sessions will be confirmed once you have been successful in your application to the programme. 

How do I apply to the programme? 

Click on the "register your interest in the MCC programme" link at the top of this page and you will be taken to the registration page.  Complete the registration form, prior to the closing date. 

Places will be allocated depending on the quality of your submission, so please ensure you take the time to complete the 'I am applying for the Masters Consultancy Challenge programme' part of the registration form. 

Quotes from employers and students

This kind of experience is valued by employers and is great for your CV and interview answers.

Employer quote

speech bubble purple transparent“It is inspirational to see students from various degrees and backgrounds participate and broaden their skillsets which gives their CVs a worthy boost. Even if all the students don't decide to pursue the course of management/consultancy, the challenge undeniably builds transferrable skills such as presenting, team work and time management which will help them in all manners of jobs.”
Shalabh Agarwal, KPMG

Student quote

speech bubble purple transparent“This is a training programme you definitely can't miss out! You'll have lots of opportunities to learn knowledge of consultancy, work with smart people from various academic and cultural backgrounds, improve your communication, cooperation, coordination, and presentation skills, and gain the abilities of identifying problems, collecting information, and coming up with solutions. Come and enjoy the intellectual buzz!”
MSc Investments student


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