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MSc Management Consulting student — Hannah Watts

Hannah Watts studied MSc Management Consulting at the University of Hull, and now works as a consultant for Simpson Associates

Why did you choose your course and institution?

After graduating from BA Law and Business Studies at the University of Liverpool, I felt that studying a more relevant Masters degree would provide me with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in consulting.

However, since Masters loans were not available at the time, I had to find a programme closer to my home in north-east England. After researching universities in the region, I felt that the University of Hull offered the best course. I was also aware of the excellent facilities and teaching that the institution had to offer.

How did you fund your Masters degree?

My tuition fees were funded by my parents, but I covered living costs through several part-time jobs. I initially worked as a waitress at a pub in Beverley, before becoming a customer service assistant at a leisure centre in the same town. During the summer months, I also worked as a part-time business analyst at Hull-based Agencia Consulting.

I communicated with my employers about my study commitments throughout, and only undertook shifts if I felt that I had enough time to complete my work.

What did your course involve?

MSc Management Consulting is a small, specialised course, focusing on key consulting skills. The most notable module was in analytical consulting, which involved an experiential consulting project, evaluating the extent of possible shortfalls in fuel efficiency and the possible implications of such for estimating the total UK CO2 emissions for passenger cars. Other modules included business analytics, data science, and systems thinking and practice.

My consulting-based Masters project, undertaken in collaboration with Agencia Consulting, involved investigating whether change management can lead to a reduction in corruption. Corruption as a concept alone is extremely difficult to deal with due to its vagueness; as such, it's hard to prove that a reduction in corruption has or can be achieved. The rationale for this particular research focus was to support the current change management consulting services offered, and to seek to contribute to the gap in the literature between change management and corruption.

What areas of work could you go into as a result of your Masters study?

The possibilities are broad, but the most obvious and directly related routes include management or technology consulting, project management and general business management. However, I believe that a Masters degree in management consulting is helpful for any client or customer-facing role, and provides students with an analytical mindset that ultimately helps to solving business problems.

What are your top tips for choosing a Masters course?

Be honest with yourself about the reason for choosing your course, weighing up the benefits of further study and how it'll help your career. You should also understand what skills and knowledge you may gain from a Masters degree, and be positive and stay motivated throughout.

Finally, be open-minded to opportunities that present themselves, and get involved in any activities and events that will provide you with the opportunity to meet new people.

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