Consultancy based projects

Our consultancy based projects enable you to apply theory and knowledge to help solve real-life business challenges. Carried out over the summer months, they provide a practice-based alternative to a final academic dissertation and are a popular choice for many of our MBA candidates.

The city is your classroom

Liverpool is among the UK’s most entrepreneurial cities with a thriving and vibrant business scene.  With an eclectic mix of multinational and global companies, start-ups, and thriving SMEs, you are in an excellent position to put into practice your skills, training and management thinking through a consultancy based project.

We create opportunities for you to work closely with a range of sectors across the Liverpool City Region, from creative, pharmaceutical, tech and finance industries, plus charities, social enterprises, football and sports clubs.

As well as further developing your business acumen, the project will expand your professional network, helping to form new relationships that will benefit you throughout your career.

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Support for you

  • You will be paired up with a University of Liverpool Management School academic advisor throughout your project.
  • We create opportunities for you to network with business leaders and organisations, helping you to identify a business challenge or area of interest for your project. The networking opportunities include:
    • MBA Guest Speaker Series - meet with top industry leaders and alumni who share their unique experiences and insights
    • Business Breakfasts - run by the University of Liverpool, this is your chance to learn more about the economy within the Liverpool City Region and meet with business leaders and organisations
  • Our academic staff will provide supporting documents to help you in crafting a winning proposal to secure your client
  • Support from your dedicated Career and Professional Development Programme Coach throughout your MBA.

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Timeline and process for a consultancy based project  


TimelineKey Tasks

Alongside fellow MBA candidates, you will be introduced to the Management Consulting in Practice module which involves working on a project in small groups. This module can help you decide if the consultancy based project is the right path for you.

Should you opt for a consultancy based project, you will identify and secure a client as well as complete a project outline which will be signed off by your Director of Studies.  Throughout the module, you will have the opportunity to engage in peer review and with the module leader regarding your project.


Submit your consultancy based project outline for academic review. 

Prepare and submit a proposal outlining the research and steps you will take to complete the project. 

June -  Sept Supported by your academic advisor, you will carry out the project with your client.
Sept Produce a 10,000 word consultancy report for academic review which includes a 1,000 word output in a format agreed with the client.


Recent examples of consultancy based projects include:


  • The evaluation of replacing two-part passes in future FIFA events and its effects on access management 
  • How Kantar can establish thought leadership in excellence in business by overcoming resistance to change 
  • Lower League, Higher Impact? The economic impact of Tranmere Rovers FC on its local community 
  • Defining the value of embedding Orcha’s digital health infrastructure to maximise digital health interventions for employees in the United States 
  • Capitalising on the Allure: Unravelling the attractiveness of the major league soccer ecosystem and analysing value creation for commercial partners, sponsors, and brands
  • Navigating grant opportunities for growth 
  • Investigating cultural influences on consumer behaviour in Toronto’s dynamic real estate market 
  • Streamlined maritime civil engineering projects delivery through earned value analysis using connect business insights 
  • The reason behind the discrepancy of estimate and actual transportation lead time and the way to improve the accuracy - case study of Brother International Europe. 

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